In the Frank E. Szemko History Exhibition Room at Brookwood Hall

The Town of Islip and the Civil War / September 10 - November 15, 2018

The Town of Islip sent 23% of the eligible males of the Town to serve in the Armed Forces during the war of 1861-1865. There were some who reached high rank and others who served in forgotten theaters of the war. Islip had the largest recordable enrollment of any town in Suffolk County despite being one of the most rural. We will explore the stories of some of these forgotten heroes of Islip Town.

September 11, 2018 talk at 3 PM at Brookwood Hall - Tea and History


The Hidden History of Islip Tours

The purpose of the Islip History Tours is to share the history of Islip Town and how it relates to the history of our nation. This tour highlights the many historic sites in the town that are hidden in plain sight. This series of tours will also build awareness of and interest in the historical societies in the town. ALL TOURS INCLUDE BUS (OR BOAT), TOUR GUIDE, AND A LIGHT MEAL. Please call Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420 for more information.

“Living History” Cemetery Tour / Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1 - 4pm. (Raindate: Sunday, October 21)

The Oakdale Historical Society is hosting this tour. It will take place at St. John’s Landmark Church on Montauk Highway in Oakdale. Admission is FREE, but donations are encouraged.

Nine selected graves will be explained by a period-dressed Historical Society member. This “guide” will provide information on the life and times of the deceased and may be represented by a wife, a husband, a child, a nurse or even the deceased themselves! The tour will commence with a brief explanation of 18th century burial customs inside the beautiful St. John’s Church by Town of Islip Historian, George Munkenbeck.

Following the tour, you will have the opportunity to “Adopt a Grave” or purchase flower posies for placing on the gravesites. You will also be free to explore the other gravestones, the churchyard or walk the labyrinth. Oakdale Historical Society will have information available to purchase and peruse on other historic sites and events. Please respect the cemetery as it is centuries old and the final resting place of many from the Oakdale area.