Top row (l.-r.): Bob Koenig, Bill Dwyer, Gary Fisch, Cathy Mantout, Paul Manton. Bottom row: Daphne Rus, Barbara Fisch and Polly Dwyer.
On Nov. 17 the museum open house was held to celebrate the society's 20th anniversary along with the newly completed museum extension. Many people attended including Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes and Leg. Dennis Dunne. The society was presented with a wonderful certificate honoring the occasion. All the seats were filled in the museum viewing area for the ceremony of recognizing members who have helped with the museum: Ann and Bob Bastos, Larissa Woo and Pat McBride. Many admired the new additions of a replica of a ranch-style living room, the television viewing area and the salute to Levittown Schools & Sports. For the premiere display, longtime Levittown artist Eugene Weinger's artwork is featured.
The Levittown Museum tours continue with the Levittown second graders with over 200 who have toured so far this year. A new guide, Maria DeCandia, has been trained by head docent, Geri Raab. The children send very interesting thank you notes which are sent along with their teacher's survey. We have always gotten glowing remarks from the teachers.
"Flat Stanley" visited the museum again in January. Flat Stanley is an educational tool for elementary students. The student cuts out a small paper doll which is then sent out of state to a relative who photographs Stanley in front of special places. After a series of sightseeing places are visited, the relative sends the doll, photos and captions back to the student who then shares all with his/her class. We were proud that the museum was included among the many trips to special Long Island places with one being Sagamore Hill. The last time Stanley visited, society members Wendell and Millie Storms brought him.
We enjoyed the two Letters to the Editor recently printed in the Levittown Tribune. Glenn Horner and Renee Cassese shared their feelings on their wonderful Levittown childhood. We realize many museum visitors feel the same way. Tears of nostalgia appear when some see the original kitchen with the GE refrigerator, the sound of the kitchen drawer opening and closing, the black floor tiles, etc.
Visit our website levittownhistoricalsociety.org or call 735-9060 for further information about the society and the museum. We welcome new members.