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06/12/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Thurgood Marshall, then solicitor general, was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

China tested its first hydrogen bomb.

Following the Six Day War, Egypt blockaded the Suez Canal and it remained closed until June 1975, trapping 14 cargo ships for eight years.

In Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court declared bans on interracial marriage throughout the United States were unconstitutional.

Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Canaveral to Venus and it sent back information that the planet was very hot and the atmosphere much more dense than had been expected.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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06/02/17 10:00am
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TIM PURTELL PHOTO  The flower of the tulip tree.

Latin Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Locations: A large, old tulip tree reigns close to Route 114 on the Havens House grounds. On Ram Island, a handsome specimen, donated by the Tuthill Drive Neighbors, grows at the entrance to Tuthill Drive. Three other trees — one between Chase Bank and Justice Hall, a second on Manhanset Road near Cobbetts, and a third on Burro Hall Lane across from the Recycling Center — were planted by Friends of Trees. (more…)

05/05/17 4:30pm
PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.

PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.

With so many signs of spring around us and a few summer-like days already here, most of us have probably started to think about our gardens and landscaping. Many early flowering plants have passed their peak and the sound of the lawnmowers have begun to penetrate our peaceful neighborhoods. Since this is the season of ‘things new,’ maybe we want to consider creating something different.

This is the time to break a bit from ordinary patterns and add adventure to our lives — or, at the very least, our landscaping. (more…)

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03/17/17 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The 'de-watering' project at the Shelter Island Historical Society construction site.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The ‘de-watering’ project at the Shelter Island Historical Society construction site.

The water in a recently created pond next to the Shelter Island Historical Society headquarters on Route 114 has been tested and given a clean bill of health. (more…)

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11/01/16 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Historical Society trustees and staff: From left, Bill Pederesen, Elizabeth Pederesen, Nanette Lawrenson, Jean Dickerson, Belle Lareua, Phyllis Wallace, Lily Hoffman, Alexandra Binder, Stephanie Lebowitz and Thom Milton

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Shelter Island Historical Society trustees and staff: From left, William Pedersen, Elizabeth Pedersen, Nanette Breiner-Lawrenson, Jean Dickerson, Belle Lareau, Phyllis Wallace, Lily Hoffman, Alexandra Binder, Stephanie Lebowitz and Thom Milton.

After years of planning and an ambitious $1.7 million capital campaign, the Shelter Island Historical Society created its own history on October 29 when it broke ground on construction of a state-of-the-art vault and study center to be built on the Havens House grounds on Route 114. (more…)