LIC millstones Blog

To Protect and Preserve

Posts Tagged ‘Tide Mill Institute

MILLSTONES REST AT THE LIC LIBRARY

leave a comment »

MILLSTONES TO REST AT THE L.I.C. LIBRARY FOR NOW

(ASTORIA TIMES OCT. 7, 2010):

http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/10/08/astoria_times/news/at_millstones_to_library_20101007.txt

MILLSTONES FIND A TEMPORARY HOME

(QUEENS GAZETTE OCT 20, 2010):

http://www.qgazette.com/news/2010-10-20/Features/Millstones_Find_Temporary_Haven.html

A quick glance at articles in the local press during the course of last year had Penny and George and Jerry telling the public that their concern for the millstones “vanished” when they were encased in a wooden crate as part of their “bitter fight to keep them in the Dutch Kills community” (W Q Gazette May 19, 2010).
  
The Queens Chronicle stated they claimed that efforts by others to move them indoors were “self-serving” (June 17, 2010), a sentiment echoed in the Daily News which reported that Penny and George and Jerry stated the stones were “safe” in the construction site. (November 20, 2009) 

And finally we have their direct quote “We’ve made sure the stones are not leaving the Dutch Kills area and that they are protected. They are as secure as they can be and insured. And it’s been determined that they will not be moved until they are ready to be taken to their final setting.” (New York Post December 1, 2009) 

Now Penny Lee of City Planning and Dutch Kills Civic are, in our opinion, blatently taking credit for our efforts (Gazette 10/20/10 par. 8) Look at them – standing next to the stones with big smiles.
 
The  stones should have been moved away from the construction site all along.  
 
But it appears that their support is down to one or two small newspapers and a handful of local elected officials who looked foolish (in our opinion) by not only fighting their own community, but leading experts on this subject both in New York and across the nation.
 
We have nothing to say about the library finding money to move and display them at a time when they were forced to let 40 librarians go due to funding shortfalls.
 
 

Written by licmillstones

November 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm

GAHS Letter to the Queens Gazette

leave a comment »

On your recent article “Millstones Find Temporary Home” October 20, 2010:

 

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is relieved that the millstones of Dutch Kills have been moved to the Ravenswood library. Finally they are in a location safe from a construction site and are accessible where the community can enjoy them.

 

This is exactly what the community, led by Dutch Kills Advocacy League, historians from around the country, and the Greater Astoria Historical Society, asked for – over a year ago.

 

There is just one thing that puzzles us.

 

How is it that Penny Lee of City Planning and her associates George Stamatiades and Jerry Walsh who were quoted in many papers fighting this (including the Western Queens Gazette) are now getting credit?

 

The Board of Trustees

The Greater Astoria Historical Society

Written by licmillstones

November 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

The Tide Mill Institute Lends Their Support!

leave a comment »

THIS IS AN URGENT APPEAL BY THE TIDE MILL INSTITUTE IN SUPPORT OF ACTION TO PRESERVE  RARE 17TH CENTURY MILLSTONES FROM THE JORISSON TIDE MILL.

The millstones in question are treasures of New York’s early industrial history and as such should be preserved in a secure environment with appropriate interpretative, educational information for the public.

It is rare for tide mill millstones of any sort to be preserved complete–and not be shattered, or destroyed. It is rarer still for any such millstones to be associated with a 17th century mill. The Jorissen artifacts must be one of the earliest such tidal millstones in the United States, if not in the Western Hemisphere.

Since 1631, tide-powered water mills were used in Boston, New England and New York to grind grain, cut lumber, grind spices, make snuff, pound iron, and do a thousand other heavy labor tasks that made America the great Nation it is today. These “tide-mills” also supported maritime commerce that linked emerging metropolitan centers along the entire Atlantic Coast. In New York, being given the privilege to build these mills was the historical event that launched your city to greatness–a fact acknowledged by two flour barrels on your city’s coat of arms.

The TIDE MILL INSTITUTE, established in 2008 by Boston’s Dorchester Historical Society was formed to help preserve America’s great tide-milling history and heritage. We believe it important that relics, photographs and memories of America’s hundreds of ancient working tide mills be preserved and used appropriately to inspire and educate new generations.  As such, we vigorously support any action to preserve, display and interpret these stones, preferably in a museum environment.

The TIDE MILL INSTITUTE urges all municipal, county, regional and state entities to join with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, and to support their efforts to host the millstones in a temporary exhibit where their history can be on display for the community. This is the best place to give local residents a better understanding of their heritage and where the millstones themselves could be best made available for historians and scholars to study them.

The TIDE MILL INSTITUTE  is opposed to the questionable proposal to drill holes in the millstones, to mount them on pedestals, or to leave them outdoors in the center of a busy transit hub where they would be exposed to the elements, vibrations, and vandalism. There is abundant evidence that such treatment has already deteriorated their fabric. We believe those plans would place these millstones in serious long–term jeopardy  

The TIDE MILL INSTITUTE believes they should be permanently displayed in a museum–like setting within the community. The historical society and the local community, which in one form or anther, have cared for these stones for over 350 years, should both be regarded as the primary stakeholders in making this determination for a final placement.

The TIDE MILL INSTITUTE urges city and state commissions and elected officials to cut through whatever stands in the way of honoring the heritage of New York’s colonial past and save the Jorissen millstones. We urge the media in New York to play an important role in celebrating your city’s incredible heritage and to stand with the Greater Astoria Historical Society and the local community in their efforts to save these irreplaceable artifacts.

For further information please contact:

The Dutch Kills Community Millstone Blog: https://licmillstones.wordpress.com/

Greater Astoria Historical Society: http://astorialic.org

The Tide Mill Institute: http://www.tidemillinstitute.org/1.html