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Lawrenson has been the guiding hand a the SIHS for 12 years. (Photo credit: Eleanore P. Labrozzi)

“History is everything. The word itself perhaps doesn’t have such an exciting meaning to people, but it is exciting and it’s important because we learn from what took place in the past,” says executive director of the Shelter Island Historical Society, Nanette Lawrenson. “And if we do, maybe we won’t repeat the wrongs. Learning about history leads to innovation and design and the development of towns. That’s why it’s important.” 

The Shelter Island History Center is housed in the historic Haven’s House on South Ferry Road. (Photo credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

Take a listen to more of Lawrenson’s story on today’s podcast…