Downton Abbey Tea

January 1st, 2015

The Historical Society of East Rockaway and Lynbrook will  host its 10th Annual Winter Tea on January 25th at the Lynbrook Library 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The snow date is February 1st.   The theme this year is Downton Abbey.  We will remember some of the vignettes of the Classic PBS story as well as add some of our own.

Tickets are still $20 per person and are available at Memories. Moments and Traditions on Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook;  East Rockaway Florist 340 Atlatnice Avenue East Rockaway and through Patricia Sympson,887-9094.

Join us and have a delightful afternoon with friends and family


Hon. Carolyn McCarthy

September 8th, 2014

Hon. Carolyn McCarthy, retiring Congresswoman from Long Island will talk of her days in Congress beginning with her unusual election. She served under four presidents. Come hear her impressions, her difficulties and her enlightenment.

Lynbrook Library, October 28th 7:15 p.m.

Art Mattson – The Battle of Platsburgh

September 8th, 2014

The War of 1812 was considered the Second Revolutionary War. Join us at Art recounts the importance of this battle. Lynbrook Library October 21st 7:15p.m.

Treasure Trove Garage Sale 2014

September 8th, 2014

Join us at our Annual Garage Sale! Download the flyer for more information.

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June 24th, 2014


Retro 2014

June 17th, 2014

Thursday June 15, 2014

 RE: Centre Avenue 4th Graders visit RETRO ’14 at the Lynbrook Library.

The Historical Society of East Rockaway & Lynbrook hosted fourth grade students from Lynbrook and East Rockaway public and parochial schools in the Great Room of the Lynbrook Library in early June.

The Retrospective features a life size replica of the Bristol Mexico Monument seen in Rockville Cemetery. Pat Hickey is shown telling several students the story of those tragic shipwrecks of 1836 and 1837. Other students look on at the 1” scale model of the Grist Mill Museum in Memorial Park. Stephanie Maddalone and Bob Sympson assist the youngsters and answer their questions.   The students also learned about two artifacts featured in this exhibit – one is a piece of trolley track from the trolley which used to run along Stauderman Avenue and the other item is a loving cup won by Mrs. Harry Schultz in the Ladies Horse Race held in Driving Cross Park.  Did you know there was a race tract in Lynbrook? Did you know there were trolleys in Lynbrook?

Become a volunteer.  Join the Historical Society of East Rockaway & Lynbrook.  Call 887-9094 for more information.


moving Bristol to Library

stephanie and artifacts


November 21st, 2013

The Historical Society of East Rockaway & Lynbrook and the Ancient Order Hibernians had the opportunity to commemorate the 176th anniversary of two horrendous shipwrecks – the December 1836 wreck of the Bristol and the Mexico which crashed off the Rockaway coast in January 1837. This ceremony commemorated the untimely deaths of over 140 persons primarily Irish immigrants who were seeking a better life.

Art Mattson, author of Water and Ice, a book tracing the history of these events, recounted the story of both voyages. Joseph Beyrer, an esteemed bagpiper, capped off the event with a hollowing tribute.

HSERL is proud to participate in this yearly tribute initiated a number of years ago by Eddie O’Reilly of East Rockaway.  The Bristol Mexico obelisk is located in the Rockville Cemetery on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Merrick Road, Lynbrook/Rockville Centre.  The obelisk dates to 1841.  The story is a harrowing tale of bravery, cowardice, community concern and generosity in affording these poor souls a resting place of honor. Art Mattson, Lynbrook Village Historian, quoted Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in which Whitman so profoundly describes the awful tragedy.

We are proud that HSERL can bring to our communities such outstanding events.


Patricia C. Sympson, PhD. President HSERL

Long Island Railroad – HSERL CONNECTION

November 21st, 2013

The Historical Society of East Rockaway & Lynbrook announces a new dimension to its presence in our communities.  The Long Island Railroad Lynbrook station will now display memorabilia from East Rockaway & Lynbrook.

The LIRR Branch Manager, Patrick Gerakaris has had installed two shadow boxes in the waiting room of the Lynbrook Station.  HSERL will be able to display pictures, and other small artifacts in the station lobby.

Madeline Pearson, HSERL Executive Director, and Arthur Mattson, HSERL Director and Lynbrook Village Historian, will begin the process of mounting pictures in the cases.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our story, with not only local commuters, but all people who use the Lynbrook station.

In the process of exploring our local history, we came in touch with another aspect of our story.  Who would that be? The Lynbrook PBA. They, too, will have an opportunity to share their history here with everyone.


Patricia C. Sympson, PhD. President HSERL