Since its creation in 1961, the Roslyn Landmark Society has been at the forefront of the preservation movement on Long Island. Our mission is to preserve and promote the rich history and historical resources in the Village of Roslyn and the greater Roslyn area on Long Island's North Shore.
Today, with an ever-growing membership, the Roslyn Landmark Society offers educational programs for school children, operates the ca. 1680 Van Nostrand-Starkins House, holds monthly membership meetings on a variety of variety of topics, and continues to purchase and restore historic buildings.
Tucked away in a valley on Long Island's North Shore, Roslyn NY is a nationally recognized landmark preservation success story. Thanks to the hard-work and dedication of countless members, volunteers, and elected officials, the 340 year-old village is not only a showcase of historic American architecture, it is a vibrant community illustrating the economic benefits of good preservation policies.
Upon surveying the town today, it is difficult to realize that this was not always the case. In the mid-20th century, Roslyn found itself under attack from insensitive developers, planners and zoning boards. Due to the efforts of Roger and Peggy Gerry, however, in the 1960s the Board of Supervisors for the Town of North Hempstead designated Roslyn as a village worthy of preservation. In 1962, recognizing the need for a non-profit to oversee local preservation efforts, the Gerrys established the Roslyn Landmark Society. Today, the Society is committed to the preservation of our village and the surrounding area.
Although the Roslyn Landmark Society has enjoyed many successes over the years, our greatest challenge lies ahead. Witnessing increased developmental pressures, the Society is working diligently to preserve Roslyn's historic architecture and maintain the wonderful qualities of life it offers its residents.
"Preservation in this country is still a grassroots movement where individuals make the difference."
--Dr. Roger Gerry, RLS Founder
Above: Roslyn Landmark Society Headquarters located at 36 Main Street.
Roslyn Landmark Society Archives contain records of the Historic District Board early years as well as resources (clippings, magazines and books) on researching, restoring and furnishing historic structures. There are also old bibles and documents related to Roslyn from the early 1800’s through the 1900’s. The collections at the Roslyn Landmark Society are available to researchers and the general public with a demonstrated need. The collections are not open to casual browsing. In order to access our collections you will need to the society one week in advance of your visit.