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Photo of the Week


"How shall we know it is us without our past?"
- John Steinbeck

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian

On Veterans Day, let us remember and honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans.

Fort Terry: "The Soldiers Memorial" Poster (upper half), 1902. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

Located on Plum Island, in the town of Southold, Fort Terry was a heavily armed coastal defense fortification established in 1897 and used from the Spanish American War period through the end of World War II. It was decommissioned in 1948. Named after Alfred Howe Terry (1827-1890) from Connecticut, a Union general in the Civil War, Fort Terry was one of several forts that the U.S. government commissioned along the Long Island Sound to defend against an invading force. By 1914 the fort had eleven gun batteries, including mortar, disappearing, and pedestal batteries, as well as facilities to control an underwater minefield.

Suggested Reading: A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, by Ruth Ann Bramson, Geoffrey K. Fleming, & Amy Kasuga Folk (2014).

Don't miss the featured exhibit in our Grand Staas Gallery, Long Island and the Great War, commemorating the centennial of America's entry into WWI through a remarkable collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs. On display thru February 2018.

Gallery Hours: Weds. thru Sat., 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.


The Suffolk County Historical Society’s PHOTO OF THE WEEK Series is created by head research librarian Wendy Polhemus-Annibell using historic primary source materials from our local history library’s extensive archives. To subscribe, visit our website or send an email request to Wendy at librarian@schs-museum.org 

Interested in seeing more historical documents from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society? Spend an afternoon at our Local History Research Library perusing our extensive collections. We're open Weds. - Sat., 12:30 - 4:30 PM.

To view our Photo of the Week archives, visit our website at www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org.



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