March 13, 2014
"Southold Historical Society Book 'Murder on Long Island' Wins Prestigious Award for Excellence"
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has received an award of excellence for its 2013 book, "Murder on Long Island: A Nineteenth Century Tale of Tragedy & Revenge." The award was made by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, located in Elmsford, NY.
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network serves member cultural organizations, their staffs, their boards and their communities in the greater Hudson Valley - Metropolitan region, offering consultations and assistance, a resource network and professional development opportunities to advance the work of historians, historic house museums, heritage centers, historic sites, archives and libraries in this National Heritage Area.
The Network's Awards for Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region.
The book 'Murder on Long Island' documents the infamous murders of Mr. and Mrs. James Wickham of Cutchogue, Long Island. In 1854, James Wickham got into an argument with one of his workers, Nicholas Behan, after Behan harassed another employee who refused to marry him. Several days after Behan’s dismissal, he crept back into the house in the dead of night. With an axe, he butchered Wickham and his wife, Frances, and fled to a nearby swamp. Behan was captured, tried, convicted and, on December 15, 1854 became one of the last people to be hanged in Suffolk County.
For more on the book, click HERE.