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Valley Stream Historical Society


Text-Only Edition Available Online - June 2004


Volume XXXI, No. 9
Valley Stream
Historial Society
June 2004

143 Hendrickson Avenue, Valley Stream, NY    (516) 872-4159    FAX: (516) 599-7069



Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at 8:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Brooklyn Avenue and 7th Street
Valley Stream, New York

Strawberry Festival
and a Walk Down Memory Lane

Please join us for strawberries, ice cream and cake plus Walter Harrod's walk down memory lane. The cost for the refreshments is $1.00 per person.

Swearing In Ceremony

The newly elected officers and trustees will be sworn in at the June 16, 2004 meeting.

Quilt Show 

Just a reminder that the Malverne Historical and Preservation Society quilt show will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2004 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 18, 2004 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Joseph L. Landers Memorial Restoration. Ocean Avenue and Church Street, Malverne, NY. Donations are $3.00; $2.00 for seniors.

Curtain Going Up

The Keynoters Chorale will be performing songs from Broadway Shows on Saturday, June 12, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. at Grace Methodist Church. Cost of the tickets is $5.00 per person.

Father's Day 

The Society wishes all fathers a Happy Father's Day.

Volunteers Needed

The Oral History Committee of the Society needs volunteers to interview residents about their memories of Valley Stream. It is very important that the Society continues this vital service.

The Society also needs contributions of small card tables. If you have a card table to donate, please leave a message on the Society's telephone number (516) 872-4159.


The Restoration will hose a one-woman photography show by Jean Prytyskacz on Sunday, July 18 and Sunday, July 25 between the hours of 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Prytyskacz is a Valley Stream resident whose works have been exhibited in many places including the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library.

On Sunday, September 5, 2004, Mike Stanko will exhibit American Campaign Memorabilia at the Restoration. The hours for this exhibit are from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Stanko, a well-known artist, is a Valley Stream resident. There is no fee for the exhibit, but doantions are welcome.

Summer is here yet again and the Society's 2003-2004 year has concluded. Have a fun filled, safe summer. We look forward to seeing you in September. Don't forget the BIG REUNION of Central High School in October.


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Valley Stream
Historical Society

James E. Buckley

Carol McKenna

Vice President
Gabe Parrish

Florence Gunther

Corresponding Secretary
Agnes Libath

Recording Secretary
Ruth Anholzer

Three Year Trustees
Barbara Ehlinger
Stephanie Darcy
Mary Ryder
Peter Kaiser
Florence Rothage

Two Year Trustees
Hank Selah
Robert Presbrey
Jack Mahoney
Valerie Esposito
Bertha Ballou

One Year Trustees
Adele Melillo
Adele Hagmann
Ruthanne Zwarico
Marge Chvatal
Eileen Brennan

Honorary Trustees
Helen Dowdeswell
Ted Libath
Bert Keller
Claire McMahon
Lillian Weaver
Evelyn McQuade
Alphonse Maynernik

The History of Flag Day

In 1885, pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School District 6 celebrated June 14 (108 years after the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes) as the Flag's birthday. The idea was conceived by BJ Cigrand, one of the district's teachers. Five years later, George Balch, an NYC teacher held a ceremony for his students and his idea was adopted by the State Board of Education of NY.

Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day Celebration in 1891, and in 1892 so did the NY Society of the Sons of the Revolution. The Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting that flags be displayed in Philadelphia on June 14, and on May 8 of that year the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution endorsed the resolution.

In 1894, the governor of NY directed that flags be displayed on all public buildings on June 14. In Illinois an organization known as the American Flag Day Association was formed in 1894 and the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held with more than 300,000 children participating.

In 1914, Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, in a speech given at a Flag Day Celebration repeated the words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."

Flag Day was established by President Wilson, by proclamation, on May 30, 1916 but it was not until August 3, 1949 under President Truman that an Act of Congress was signed designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Membership Form
Valley Stream Historical Society 
P.O. Box 22, Valley Stream, NY 11582 
Expires June 2005 

Individual $10, student $2, contributing $15, family $15 (2 or more) 
Organizations, clubs, business, etc. $25; tax exempt life gifts $100. 

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