Long Island History In Your Own Backyard

farmUnlike the North Shore of Long Island, the South Shore has lost much of its open spaces to the detriment of those who live here and to the original farming and maritime cultures which once prospered in this area. In many ways, The Children’s Sangha hopes to extend the legacy of the Stevens family of Bellmore and the local farming and maritime cultures of which they were a part.

We wish to evoke a sense of wonder in adults and children alike, enabling all of us to become more compassionate and capable citizens, caretakers for the Earth and one another. We encourage community members to work with us and our community partners towards the preservation of open spaces and local history. We will be offering Long Island History in Your Own Backyard for the future of our children and communities.

Historic Spotlights

Historic Spotlights is an interdisciplinary program utilizing our local community history as the backdrop for connections to NYS curriculum on Long Island History, bringing it closer to home. The Children’s Sangha will partner with local school districts and integrate our program into the curriculum, offering on-site presentations in addition to field trips. Hands-on farming and related maritime themes will serve as tools for learning. Workshops will be made available to the general public.

History at a Glance

History at a Glance offers online exhibits reflecting the life and times of local families and the farming and maritime cultures to which they were connected. We will eventually offer self-guided tours with a preservations associate available to chat in order to answer questions. Artifacts, narratives and photographs will be “on display” in partnership with Long Island Traditions South Shore Estuary Project, Bellmore Memorial Library’s local history initiatives, and in collaboration with other community partners on the South Shore of Long Island.

farm A recently written narrative has just been added to our collection: Timeline and Local Education History Reflection. The narrative provides background about the history of education, its development in the Bellmores, connection to Progressive Education and some of the education issues being experienced today. It touches upon the importance of building a “collaborative community” and the role that The Children’s Sangha has been serving as reflected in our mission.

If interested in learning more, or to organize an online exhibit for your town or a program for your school, please contact us below.

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“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson