Staten Island Historian
Historic Richmond Town's journal, The Staten Island Historian, began publication in January 1938. The first issue featured articles by several of the officers of the Staten Island Historical Society in its earliest years at Richmond Town, including Loring McMillen, William T. Davis, Burton A. Kollmer, Charles C. Stoddard, and Lefferd M.A. Haughwout, and topics included the Voorlezer's House, a history of basketmaking on Staten Island, and a list of all the people who had donated artifacts to the museum's collection from 1933 through 1937.
Through the following decades, the quarterly journal continued to explore a wide variety of fascinating topics in local, regional, and national history. Although the topics are far too numerous to list in their entirety, some notable articles and series include Dr. Henry G. Steinmeyer's reminiscences about growing up on Staten Island (1939-1940); a study of Staten Island architecture by Loring McMillen (1941-1943); a history of Prohibition Park by Charles Earle Funk (1952); the planning and building of Staten Island's bridges by Herbert Reed (1965); the terra cotta industry and the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company by Hildegard J. Safford (1974); the story of Staten Island in the American Revolution by Harlow McMillen (1976); the press on Staten Island by Charles L. Sachs (1986); "The Freedom Seekers: Staten Island's Runaway Slaves" by Ronald David Jackson (1996); historical archaeology at the Dutch Reformed Church site at Historic Richmond Town by Richard T. Clark (2000); and "Langston Hughes: A Season on Staten Island" by Andrew Wilson (2010).
The Historian continues today as a semi-annual journal. A recent issue (Fall 2013) features two articles: "Hamilton Park and Charles Kennedy Hamilton" by Barnett Shepherd, exploring the history of an early suburban neighborhood in New Brighton; and "Crossroads in History: The American Civil War and Historic Richmond Town" by Sarah Clark, studying the controversies and conflicts that impacted local residents. The issue also includes a tribute to Dr. Meryl Efron (1957-2013), a long-time Historical Society volunteer and board member who actively and enthusiastically supported many of the Society's programs.
Claire Regan, Associate Managing Editor at the Staten Island Advance, has served as Editor of the Staten Island Historian since 1996. She succeeded Dr. John B. Woodall (1914-2001), a professor of European history at Wagner College, who served as the Historian's editor from 1983-1996.
Others who have willingly volunteered their time and energy as Historian editor over these many years include Dr. Henry G. Steinmeyer, Norma Siebenheller, Harlow McMillen, Charles C. Stoddard, and Roswell S. Coles.
Please click on the issues below to read selected issues of the Historian.