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Tottenville Historical Society

Tottenville Historical Society
The former Village of Tottenville had no organization or place to care for its records and treasures of the past. Scattered in shoeboxes, attic trunks, scrapbooks and dusty basement library stacks were the isolated repositories that contained clues to the Village's history.

Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum
You'll find publications pertaining to many fascinating subjects including - Nature, Wildlife, Architecture, Art, Staten Island History and much more! You can even purchase a membership online.

Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House
Located just one block east of Bay Street at 2 Hylan Boulevard is the childhood home of Alice Austen, one of America’s earliest and most accomplished female photographers. Known as Clear Comfort, Alice’s home was built in 1690 as a seaside cottage

Conference House

The Conference House
The Conference House, built in the 17th Century and located at the southern most tip of New York State in Staten Island, is famous for the Peace Conference held there on September 11, 1776

Staten Island Historical Society

Staten Island Historical Society
Historic Richmond Town is New York City’s living history village and museum complex. Visitors can explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a distinguished Smithsonian Affiliate, is Staten Island's premier destination for culture and entertainment.

Sea View Historic Foundation

Sea View Historic Foundation

Affordable Supportive Senior Housing will include hotel-like services such as three meals daily, weekly laundry and linen service, activities, jitney service to the local malls and will also include cable TV.
Tibetan Museum

Tibetan Museum
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art celebrates its 60th anniversary of the Museum's official opening with the installation of a new exhibition, From Staten Island to Shangri-La:

Preservation League of Staten Island

Preservation League of Staten Island
The Preservation League of Staten Island (PLSI) is the only borough-wide historic preservation organization in New York City. Organized in 1977, the PLSI’s mission is to:
Staten Island History on the Web

Staten Island History on the Web
Libraries are the memory of humankind, irreplaceable repositories of documents of human thought and action.
Help Find Your Ancestors.

Help Find Your Ancestors
or those of you interested in tracing your family tree, I have listed several web sites that can be helpful. I will be attaching more as times go by.
Moravian Cemetery

Moravian Cemetery
AmericanTowns offers communities a single online location for everything--and everyone -- needed to navigate daily life in their town. The AmericanTowns site is an indispensable practical tool and the most effective way to bring neighbors together.
Richmond Recovery

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Uncovering Staten Island's past through modern metal detecting technology

Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries

FACSI is a 501C3 New York State not for profit, charitable organization founded in 1981 whose mission it is to identify, restore, project and beautify the abandoned, neglected or otherwise forgotten cemeteries and those interred within. We currently maintain approximately 40 acres of cemetery properties as well as an archive of original obscure records dating back 200 years. All donations are tax deductibe.

Read "Staten Island"
by Dr. Thomas W. Matteo

Book on Staten Island
From the moment Giovanni da Verrazzano first spied it in 1524, Staten Island has been recognized as a verdant oasis at the mouth of one of the world's most breathtaking natural harbors. Since that time, Staten Island has evolved from a hunting ground and farming community to one of suburban homes and small businesses.

For your copy of "Staten Island" contact me Dr. Thomas W. Matteo


This is the Staten Island Borough Historian's official website for Staten Island History

This website offers information about Staten Island history that will not be found anywhere else on the internet. Since no one person or website can provide all the information about any topic, this site also serves as a portal to other organizations and resources that will hopefully help the researcher find the information they are seeking.


Each month a different organization will be featured here to highlight the resources they have available and activities they offer to those interested in Staten Island history.


This month’s feature:



Contest: Staten Island students are asked to find historic plaques
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This marker is one of about 30 located on the Island which memorialize historic locations and events. This particular marker, erected in 1921, marks the site of the crossing of the Willow Brook Trail in 1793. Teen Environmental Club Website

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - To encourage your children to study, learn and appreciate our past, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), in cooperation with the Borough Historian's Office, have joined forces to sponsor a Staten Island history-themed contest commencing today and concluding Nov. 30.

The winner will receive an autographed copy of "Staten Island: I Didn't Know That" and a $100 prize from the Staten Island Advance.

How does the contest work? Simple.

Over the years, the Daughters of the American Revolution has placed about 30 historical markers around Staten Island, memorializing historic locations and events.

All fourth- and fifth-grade students in schools throughout Staten Island who wish to participate, must find as many of these markers as they can and have their picture taken next to each marker and include a description of what the marker represents.

Try to make your description of the marker and its location as detailed as possible.

The student who finds the most markers will be the winner.

All entries should be submitted by Nov. 30, 2012, to:

Thomas Matteo
Borough Historian
460 Brielle Ave.
Staten Island, N.Y., 10314

The submissions should be complete with photographs of the student next to each marker along with a description of what is on the marker. The submission should also include the student's name and parents' contact information.

It is hoped that this contest will spur students' interest in history. It is unfortunate, even tragic, that our schools have decided to de-emphasis and, in some cases, even eliminate the study of history.

Since there are no national or local standardized tests for history (social studies), this subject no longer has a place of importance in schools' curriculum.

Why is history important? Well, we are, after all, the sum total of all our experiences and what better way to understand people than to study their past. History offers a virtual storehouse of information about how and why people and societies behave the way they do.

So get started, students. On your mark, get set ... find those markers!



Read about Staten Island History Every Sunday in
Memories Page of the Staten Island Advance...


Staten Island: I didn't Know That!

Paper back book of "Staten Island I didn't know that!"

The Donning Company Publishers in partner with Dr. Thomas Matteo are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a new volume in the history of New York: Staten Island: I Didn’t Know That. To celebrate Staten Island’s heritage, this stunning 8.5” x 11” soft cover volume, chronicles unknown Staten Island history. The unique collection of photographs and insightful text relates the past to the present and makes historic Staten Island come alive for readers of all ages.

he book is available at Border's Express in the Staten Island Mall, Clove Lake Book Store, Historic Richmond Town, the Staten Island Museum and The price is $22.99.


 Contact Dr. Matteo at to reserve your copy of
Staten Island I Didn’t Know That today.



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