By Stephen J. Kotz
The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities is seeking nominations for its annual list of endangered historic places. Compiled through a nomination process, the list, which appears every other year, also encourages citizens to participate in defining cultural and historic significance and engage in developing alternatives to the status quo within their communities.
Previous lists, drawn from islandwide submissions, have ranged from agricultural sites, country estates, inns, historic districts.
SPLIA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 list. Anyone who knows of an important historic property that is threatened is encouraged to download a form by visiting SPLIA’s website: www.splia.org. The deadline for submissions is November 30.
The society notes that historic properties spanning the length of Long Island are regularly threatened by a variety of complex issues that all point to a need for their greater appreciation and protection. The society launched its inaugural List of Endangered Historic Places in 2010 to broadly educate the public about the region’s wide range of historic environments and provide support and greater visibility to local efforts working to save at-risk resources.