In October 2007, several people attended an exhibit of West Islip memorabilia at the library. Old maps, books, newspapers, scrapbooks and other items were there on loan from the George Weeks Memorial Library and the West Islip Museum. These two collections were housed at the Community Center on Higbie Lane.
Attendees were invited to come to come back to the library and share their stories and memories of growing up in West Islip. We quickly realized that we all shared an interest in preserving West Islip history - and from that group - the West Islip Historical Society was formed.
The founding members are Nell Brosnan, Konny Lang, Terry Alleg, Katie Hafele, John Oleksiuk, John Paserb, Gail Gyarmathy and Carolyn Agenjo. Tom Spain, Donna Gerek, Joy Grimes and Joy Mangiaracina joined us soon after. We regret to announce that John Oleksiuk passed away in 2011. His contributions to the group will be long remembered.
We currently gather at the West Islip Library for quarterly meetings, and occasionally gather for impromptu projects. We welcome all who would like to join us - annual dues are $25. Contact us at the email address below for information or to discuss a donation. We are currently planning exhibits for the West Islip History Center in the renovated LaGrange Building, which will be open to the public soon.
Currently serving as officers are: President, Lynn Luttenberger; Vice-President, Gail Gyarmathy; Secretary, Bob Raimondi; Treasurer, Jim Lundie.