THE BELLPORT-BROOKHAVEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2005
THE ROBERT H. PELLETREAU DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
The Yaphank Historical Society
in recognition of past and ongoing efforts to
restore and to maintain historically significant houses and
properties in Yaphank.
The Yaphank Historical Society was founded in 1974
to save the Hawkins House (1850) from demolition and it was placed
on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 along with St.
Andrews Church and the Homan Mill due to their successful efforts.
The society is now in the process of raising funds to continue the
restoration of the Mary Louise Booth House (1829) and the
Homan-Gerard House (1790). and are developing a Nature Trail and
Conservation Center on Carman's River to provide an onsite
educational center and gathering place for the community.
The Pelletreau Award ceremony will take place at
the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Brown Building, 12 Bell
Street, Bellport, Sunday afternoon, November 13. The program will
begin at 3pm promptly. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served after
the program. Everyone is urged to attend this special event.
The award is presented in alternate years to the
person or organization that has done the most to further historic
preservation in Suffolk County or has made a significant
contribution to the preservation of a noted historic site. It was
created to honor the memory of Robert H. Pelletreau, dedicated
preservationist and President of the Society for 22 years and to
further interest in historic preservation in Suffolk County.
The chosen awardee receives a $1,000 check and a
wall plaque of appreciation, presented at a special award ceremony.
The award must be accepted in person by the recipient. Robert H.
Pelletreau was the direct descendant of Elias Pelletreau, a famous
Colonial silversmith so a silver bowl replicating a piece of Elias
Pelletreau silver is engraved with the name of each awardee. The
bowl is on permanent display in the Society Museum Complex.
Previous award recipients are:
2001: Bertram Seides for his restoration efforts on behalf of
the Ketcham Inn and his major role in the designation of Moriches,
Center Moriches, East Moriches and Eastport as Historic Districts.
2003: The Greenlawn-Centerport Historical
Association for their successful efforts to preserve and restore
the 1730 Suydam Homestead and the 1905 Gardiner Barn.
The award recipient for 2005 will be chosen by the
following panel of distinguished authorities in the field:
Dr. Robert B. MacKay, Director, Society for
the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities
Mr. Robert Heins, Chairman, Brookhaven Town Historic District
Dr. Carol Bleser, President, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical
Society; Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Distinguished Professor of U.S.
History, Emeritus, Clemson University; former President, Southern