to honorChristopher M. Collora,Chris is a native Long Islander. He grew up in the Babylon/West Islip area and was always fascinated by local history. Chris got his start in historical research and photography as Troop Historian for his Boy Scout Troop #179 in West Islip. He later rose to the rank of Eagle Scout and become a very active volunteer in his community. A 2002 graduate of the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury NY, Chris studied Broadcast Journalism and was inspired by an award winning LI News Tonight series he created about Gold Coast Mansions of the NorthShore. This inspired him to get more involved with the historic preservation group Gold Coast Mansions Historic Long Island. Chris is an award winning print and broadcast reporter and has launched his own website longislandonlinenews.com as well as working with the Babylon Beacon and several Patch.com sites acrossLong Island. In creating Long Island Historic Houses of theSouthShore, Chris learned a great deal about the local history from Massapequa to Mastic and all the homes that have been knocked down and lost to history. Over 25 historical societies and organizations across the South Shore contributed to the book. Although ambitious in its coverage area, the book chronicles many of the magnificent mansions and historic homes that once stood along the South Shore but were never glamorized like the North Shore Gold Cost. Chris hopes his work will inspire more people to learn about their local history and preserve the historic structures which remain standing for future generations to appreciate. Listed below are links to Chris’ websites- Long IslandOnline News- http://longislandonlinenews.wordpress.com/ Gold Coast Mansions TV series- http://historiclongislandtv.wordpress.com/ LI Historic Houses of the South Shore Facebook Page- ttps://www.facebook.com/LongIslandHistoricHousesoftheSouthShore Official Book Video Trailer http://youtu.be/g9IU46sHya0 The "TOP ADVOCATES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION & EDUCATION" AWARDS RECEPTION takes place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at The Mansion at the Woodlands at Woodbury, One Southwoods Road, Woodbury, NY.To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net Proceeds support the Oyster Bay Historical Society's important programs and services! The Oyster Bay Historical Society, http://www.oysterbayhistorical.org/, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a broad public interest in and awareness of the rich and distinctive history of the Town of Oyster Bay, to collect, preserve, and make accessible to everyone artifacts, books, documents, records, photographs, and other materials pertinent to the history and development of Oyster Bay and to stimulate and educate the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications designed to interpret our past, to reflect on our future, and to bring our history to life in the present.
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