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East Islip - Long Island - New York
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 Neil Skidmore - Rest In Peace

The Skidmore family name in our area goes back several generations. Neils grandfather worked on the Nicoll farm in what is now Heckscher State Park, and his father, William Jarvis Skidmore, was born there on the farm. Mr. Skidmore has contributed many family artifacts, photos, and written histories to the East Islip Historical Society over the years. His definitive written history of the East Isli...p Schools is posted on our website and appears on several of the Public School websites as well.
Growing up, Neil attended the old Wooden School on Main St for half a year until the brick school behind it was finished. He recalls that his teacher there was Flo Marshall, the mother of our long-time member Marshall Ketchum. Neil went through all the grades in the brick school and graduated with the Class of 1939. After serving in the Army Air Force during WWII, he returned to East Islip and received his Teaching Degree from NYU. In 1950 he began his career in the East Islip School District teaching various grade levels until becoming an Administrator in 1963. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1987.
As a lifelong educator, Neil has impacted many generations of East Islip Students, impressing upon them the importance of knowing History, the workings of our Government, and the pertinent social rules of an educated Society. And, as a long time Board Member of the East Islip Historical Society, he educated (and corrected!) all of us on the history of our area, putting in perspective the socio-political forces that created that history. The East Islip Historical Society and East Islip itself has a lost a great resource, and a great friend.



The East Islip Historical Society was founded during the summer of 1992 by a small group of concerned individuals, who recognized the timeliness and need for an organized effort to begin researching, collecting, and preserving the unique history of the East Islip area and encompassing neighbors--Great River and Islip Terrace. The purpose was to have this history available for students, researchers, scholars, future generations, and also for those of us who just plain enjoy the "good ole' days."

The Society holds regular meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM (except for July and August) and publishes a monthly newsletter, which typically contains news of upcoming events, items of local interest, and wonderful serialized stories--gems gleaned from the past. The regular meetings are held in the Gatehouse at Brookwood Hall, but it does change from time to time. We have been guests and have held meetings at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, the old Southside Sportsman's Club, the Maritime Museum in Sayville, and Dowling College.

We have been privileged to have a variety of interesting speakers at the meetings, and we have enjoyed photos, as well as slide and video presentations, many by experts in their respective fields. Topics have included everything from the history of the Police Department in the town of Islip, to the histories of both Long Island and Fire Island. We have had talks on the local history of the East Islip Fire Department, the Sportsmen's Club, and the Arboretum. We learned of Lindbergh's regular visits, Gershwin, Chaplin, Astaire, O'Neil, and many more places and people of historical significance to East Islip and the world.

We have been, and will continue to be, instrumental in preserving pieces and places of local history. So far a sizable collection of photos, documents, records, and other historical paraphernalia has been acquired, a most of which we intend to bring to this site. We have also saved the Long Island Railroad lean-to at the Great River station, and were instrumental in recommending an 'Historically Conscious' architect to redesign and rebuild the Brookwood Hall Gatehouse which was decimated by fire in 1995.

In addition, the dedication of the first Historical Markers in East Islip to commemorate Brookwood Hall, The East Islip Fire Department, and St. Mary's Church have been completed. This, among many other projects, are on-going at the Historical Society.

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