Letter from the Chairman
Over the past two years, our world has seen unprecedented upheaval and change. In spite of this new “normal,” one thing has not changed: the commitment of SHS to research, document, preserve, and educate regarding the history of the Straus family. I want to take this opportunity to let you know of a few of our accomplishments during this unusual year: accomplishments made possible because of your support.
Educational Grants in Public Policy
In 2017, SHS established the Straus Historical Society Scholarship Program to support the continuing education of students whose professional objective is advancement in the field of public service. The Program reflects the Straus family’s long and honored history of public service and philanthropy. In 2021, we were able to award four scholarships. This was made possible because of your support.
Archiving Work Continues
Catherine and Joan have been editing and preparing several collections and cataloging new acquisitions. The Archive Committee has been meeting regularly to ensure the proper preservation of all the materials and to evaluate the policies and procedures for digitization.
Morse Charitable Trust Annual Matching Grant
We are grateful to the David A. and Mildred H. Morse Charitable Trust for honoring SHS with a Challenge Matching Grant. Because of your generous, earmarked contributions, an additional year of funding was raised for our able assistant director, Catherine Smith.
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Please mail your check to
Straus Historical Society, Inc.
Post Office Box 416
Smithtown, NY 11787-0416
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Office of the Attorney General
New York, NY 10271
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