Thursday, May 22, 2008
On Tuesday, May 20th the Local History Departed visited the Long Island Psychiatric Museum. There were twenty-four patrons who toured this museum with us. Sara Kalvin, Director of Public Relations gave us a tour of the museum. We had a chance to learn about the history of three Psychiatric Hospitals on Long Island (Kings Park, Pilgrim and Central Islip. The museum contains a large scale model of Pilgrim State Hospital. We learned that there were other hospitals that used the same floor plan for their hospitals. We had a chance to wander around the museum and view the artifacts that were rescued from the buildings as they were closed down.
Silk Scarf Painting
On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.
Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!
On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.