Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST on Zoom

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

The year 2020 marks the 300th Anniversary of the Town Clerk’s Office and the Town Meetings.  To mark this anniversary, we are taking a new look at old documents and records to bring the rather colorful history of the Town of Islip alive today.

During the past almost five years a great deal of work has been accomplished to open the treasures that are contained in the Town Clerk’s history collection and place them in context.  During this discussion, a sample of the documents will be shown and discussed as well as the difficulties faced in researching them and then placing them in the context of the historic events that created them.

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SPEAKER: CDR George J. Munkenbeck, USCGR (Ret.)

CDR Munkenbeck is a native Long Islander who resides in West Sayville, NY.  He earned a BS in Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an MA in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University.  He has been married to his wife Mary for 52 years and has three daughters and three grandchildren.  A Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church, he is a fourth-generation member of New York’s volunteer fire service as an active member of the West Sayville Fire Department where he is an Ex-Captain of the Truck Company and serves as Department Chaplain.

A living historian with the 14th Brooklyn, Company H, for 32 years he portrays a Civil War and Spanish-American War Chaplain.  He serves as Town Historian of the Town of Islip, New York, and has a passion for the history of the United States, particularly Long Island and especially Islip Town, the volunteer fire service, technology, railroads and Civil War medical topics.

He is an avid model builder and has built models of lost and threatened Town of Islip buildings as well as railroad models. He is a member of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, United States Naval Institute, Sons of Union Veterans, Society of the Grand Army of the Republic, Richard J. Clark Post and the Society of Civil War Surgeons.