Officials of one small town are looking for some professional help to preserve records. These aren’t just your ordinary county clerk records; some of these date back to the 1700s before town government was formally established. Newsday brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Historical documents a treasure trove for Town of Islip.”

Islip’s Town Hall West is a trove of historical documents. It contains birth records dating to 1881, school records from the early 19th century and a royal patent from 1701 that was instrumental in establishing the town. Spearheading the efforts to protect these links to the past is Town Clerk Olga H. Murray.

“This stuff is so important,” she said. “By doing this project, not only will we preserve the documents for posterity, but I want to make present-day use of these documents a positive experience for the residents.”

Not every town or their citizens value the connects to history like the citizens and government of Islip has. These can easily be a treasure waiting to be unearthed.

Melody K. Smith

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