Southold Historical Society and co-authors Ruth Ann Bramson, Geoffrey K. Fleming, and Amy Kasuga Folk will be honored with an Award of Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network on Oct. 16, 2015, for the book titled "A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York."
"Greater Hudson Heritage Network's Awards of Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members," according to the group's website, where the 2015 Award of Excellence winners are posted. "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 the diversity of the region."
"A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York" details four centuries of the history of Plum Island from the colonial era to today. Home to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the island is owned by the federal government, which has announced plans to relocate the center and sell Plum Island. Goals for the book were to create an accurate and detailed historical account of Plum Island, which is located close to Long Island, and to become the first book devoted entirely to the subject.
"We believe that this book is a must for anyone interested in the history of what really is one of the most fascinating islands on Earth," Fleming said.
"A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York" is available for purchase from the Southold Historical Society museum gift shop at the price of $30 for softcover or $40 for hardcover. The book is also available at Amazon.com. To learn more, visit www.aworlduntoitself.com or call the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500.