Written by Paige McAtee Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00
To commemorate 50 years in the community, members of the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society celebrated its milestone anniversary with a special Founder’s Day dinner at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant in West Babylon.
According to Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society President Eric Goldschrafe, the organization has celebrated Founder’s Day every year since it began in 1964.
As a member for the past 23 years, Goldschrafe was surprised at the number of members attending the 50th anniversary dinner, on April 22.
“We got a really good turn out this year,” said Goldschrafe. “We haven’t had this many people come out as long as I’ve been a member.”
Goldschrafe, who is on permanent disability said he has benefited from his work with the historical society over the years. As the president of the society, Goldschrafe makes the arrangements for all the meetings and events.
“I edit and publish our newsletter, The Yeoman, and I take care of the membership too,” Goldschrafe said. “They don’t want me to travel... so I keep busy with the historical society.”
The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society promotes appreciation of the area’s heritage by collecting and keeping historic mementos and photographs, which it keeps on display at the lower level of the Farmingdale Public Library.
“We do rotating displays,” added Goldschrafe. “We have the last part of the Civil War tricentennial setup in there now.”
The society has done work around the Village of Farmingdale as well. They have dedicated a memorial for the Civil War veterans buried in Farmingdale, and also recently agreed to put up a historic marker at the Van Cott Cemetery.
During the event, Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker stopped by to present the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society with a citation in honor of its 50th anniversary.
“This is a moment to thank each and every one of you for keeping the history of our area alive,” said Walker. “It’s nice to be able to reach back into history and talk about all the things that were a part of the community that they live in.”
William Law Trudden also attended the ceremony to present members of the historical society with a citation on behalf of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
“When you think about how long we’ve been in existence and how much we’ve been able to do, we think we’ve been pretty successful,” Goldschrafe said.
— Photos By Paige McAtee