Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Board meeting scheduled for June 20 has been cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 pm. Sorry for any inconvenience.
On view in the Claire Davidson Siegel Gallery is Touching, a solo exhibit featuring the artwork of Razieh Jafari. In her work, Razieh blends traditional Iranian painting with contemporary Western art concepts. These works capture the uncertainties of reality through magical realism. John Cino, from the Patchogue Arts Council, curated the exhibit, which is part of their E Pluribus Unum summer festival.
The Village of Patchogue will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a number of exciting events. The first is a commemorative community photo to be taken at the historic “Four Corners.” All residents of the Village of Patchogue are invited to take part in this exciting event on Sunday June 10th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
Similar historic photos were taken at the Four Corners in 1943 and 1993 to mark the 50th and 100th year incorporation milestones. The original 1943 photograph was taken by the Southern Brookhaven Town [Read more…]
Now on view in the lower level Claire Davidson Siegel Gallery is Seascapes & Landscapes, a solo exhibit featuring paintings by Paul Padovano. The works on display were created in oils, acrylics, and watercolors. He creates picturesque environments that transport the viewer to other places.
Now on view on the main floor of the Patchogue-Medford Library is a children’s art exhibit titled This Is Us! The inaugural exhibition, made possible with the support of the Patchogue-Medford Friends of the Library, features drawings from children aged 5 – 10. All of the drawings were created during a library program last March. The children were given white stock paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers, and instructed to draw pictures of themselves as well as their family members. The project’s goal was to teach the children multiculturalism and diversity through art. In total, 15 children participated in the program and have their artwork on display.
Thanks to all who came out to vote for the 2018-2019 Library budget and Trustee election.
The budget passed, 258 yes, 53 no.
Eleanor Ryder was elected to a 5 year term.
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is Disruption, a group exhibition featuring the artists of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). The exhibition, curated by FREE’s Director of Art Therapy Ed Regensburg, LCAT, consists of eight abstract paintings. The artists included in this exhibition are Maria C., Diane E., Mary Claire J., Christine K., Daniel K., Cheryl L., Alicia M. and John M.
FREE exhibitions feature dynamic works of art created by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The images in this exhibition are powerful and moving, both for the viewers and the artists. The works are testaments to the important role art has in self expression and empowerment. FREE believes that art is an expressive outlet that fortifies the artists successful, ongoing contributions to their communities. 2018 is the sixth year FREE has exhibited artwork at the Patchogue-Medford Library.
On display in the showcase next to the Library’s reference desk are shoes by famed shoe designer Beth Levine of Patchogue,
Shoe designer Beth (Katz) Levine spent her early years on her family’s cattle and dairy farm in Holtsville. The Katz family later lived on West Avenue in the 1920’s and 1930’s and Beth graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School.
In 1949, Beth and her husband Herbert opened a shoe business and factory in New York City. Women’s black or brown platform shoes were worn during the World War II. The young Levines responded with their “Femme Fatale” shoe with a V-cut closed toe and a narrow ankle strap produced in a variety of colors considered vulgar at the time. The “Femme Fatale” was a huge hit and their first bestselling shoe. [Read more…]
2018 marks the fifth year that Patchogue-Medford Library will be hatching baby chicks! We have been monitoring and maintaining the optimum temperature and humidity levels in the incubator since our eggs arrived on March 15. We are just about ready to increase the humidity from 48%-56% to 65% and begin the final three day countdown to hatching. [Read more…]
Researching female ancestors can be challenging due to several factors.
First, most women take their husband’s surname when they marry. This makes it tricky, although not impossible, to learn about your female ancestors’ lives before marriage. If you can’t find your female ancestor’s maiden name, that maternal line can become a brick wall in your research. Look for marriage records at city halls or marriage registrations at you ancestor’s church.
Second, there is the historical fact that women have lacked equal rights to men thus leaving much shorter paper trails. For example, if a woman couldn’t legally own property in her lifetime, it’s unlikely you’ll find her name on any deeds or that she will have left a Last Will and Testament of her own.
One way to learn about your female ancestors’ lives, though, is to really read the records you can find for them, like census records. We’re often so excited to find their names listed on a record that we don’t really read the full record.
The 1900 and 1910 U.S. Federal Censuses both offer interesting glimpses into the lives of our female ancestors through fields known as the “fertility questions.” In both censuses, women were asked how many times they had given birth and how many of their children were alive. This was done in an effort to learn about the rate of infant mortality. This information can help you discover children in your family history who died between the censuses. It can also help you to gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles your female ancestors endured. Note that these questions were asked of all adult females regardless of their marital status. Many researchers might be surprised to see how many single-parent households existed back then.
In the case of my own great-great-grandmother, the 1900 census indicates that she had three children, two of which were alive at the time. In the 1910 census she was recorded as a widow; having given birth five times, she had three living children.
Armed with this information, I was able to search for those children’s’ birth and death certificates. I learned the names their mother gave them, the dates she gave birth, the causes of their early deaths, and the cemetery where her children are interred. I can only imagine the impact these losses had on great-great grandma and the extended family.
I also learned from the 1910 census that as a single mother of three, she took a job at the Aqueduct Raceway in Queens, New York. I don’t know exactly what she did there but I sure hope she bet on the ponies once or twice and won.
So I recommend you read census records closely and maybe you too can gain a clearer picture of what life was like for your foremothers.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact our reference desk to schedule an appointment with one of our Genealogy Consultants.
Happy Heritage Hunting!