Breezy Point Historical Society

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2017 Newsletter

From Madam President,

portrait of Joan Willmarth, president of the Breezy Point Historicsl Society

Joan Willmarth

It is an honor to serve as the new president of the Breezy Point Historical Society (BPHS). As many of you know, BPHS was formed soon after Sandy to ensure that we never again lose documents and photographs that are so important to our history. I have had a life long love affair with Breezy Point and began collecting old photographs and interesting items from our history many years ago. Fortunately, I stored most of my collection on my second floor and thus they were spared from the ravages of Sandy. Most of my photographs have now been digitally copied by BPHS and will be available for future generations.

In addition to our scanning and preservation efforts these past two years, the Board of Trustees and our volunteers have been busy preparing programs, conducting oral/video histories and doing the everyday office duties of a busy organization. Thank you all!

Like last summer, our program committee has prepared an exciting line up of lectures and pictorial presentations (please see the this summer’s schedule below). I’d recommend that you cut it out and refer to it throughout the summer. We have also included a membership renewal for the 2017-2018 year. Your renewal and donations make this Society possible!

portrait of Ray
               Shawney,

Ray Shawney

This past year we lost two life long residents of Breezy Point. Ray Shawney’s family first came to the Point in 1924 and he was a founding Trustee of the Society. Robert Frank arrived in 1931 and summered here his entire life. Because of your financial support, we were able to conduct video histories with both Ray and Robert in 2015. Now their special memories of Breezy will be preserved for prosperity.

I look forward to seeing you at our programs this summer as we enjoy reliving our wonderful Breezy memories. Don’t forget to read our weekly column in the Pointer beginning on Memorial Day Weekend for our most recent updates.

Joan Wilmarth
President, Breezy Point Historical Society