Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by the History Channel at a press conference on Sunday, Dec. 18 where Dr. Libby O’Connell, History’s Chief Historian, presented Nassau County with a $25,000 grant to help preserve the historic structures at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The grant award comes from History’s “Save Our History” program, a national history education and preservation program that raises awareness and support for preserving local and national heritage.
“I am pleased and proud to welcome the History Channel to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in celebration of Long Island’s heritage. The History Channel’s grant of $25,000 will help to ensure that visitors and residents continue to enjoy this terrific facility. We look forward to working with Dr. O’Connell and the History Channel to restore the historic Doctor’s Office,” said Mangano. “This public-private partnership between Nassau County and the History Channel is a great example of how the private sector can help local governments preserve important items from our history for future generations to enjoy.”
“Save Our History” has been recognized by the White House with the Preserve America Award and by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with the Governors Award. Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a recreation of a pre-Civil War Long Island village, with 55 historic buildings (moved from various sites on Long Island) and seven authentic reproductions of 19th century structures. Since its first preservation effort in 1963, Old Bethpage Village Restoration has rescued many structures based on their architectural detail and historic significance.