Hicksville historian and Hicksville Public Library librarian James Janis recently visited Kevin Bunting’s “New York State of Mind” social studies class. Sixth-period students learned about the history of Hicksville from the mid-1800’s through present day. Janis shared an array of images while sharing oral stories of Hicksville from past to present.
His presentation focused on the changing landscape of the Hicksville community from focusing on the town center, architecture of unique buildings and how they changed over time, to business development that one point featured 13 hotels and expansion of the Long Island Railroad to end in Hicksville because the LIRR ran out of money to further expand it.
Other points made were the population explosion of the Hicksville community and how local and world history impacted these occurrences. Janis provided a wealth of knowledge to the students of Hicksville High School and the presentation was enjoyed by all.