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Introductory statement from the January, 1938 issue (1st Issue): In presenting itself to a suburban rural territory whose identity is threatened by the expansion of the world's largest city, Long Island Forum hopes to serve a definite purpose.
Long Island is rich in traditions. The easterly two thirds of its 1500 square miles, comprising Suffolk County, still retain farms, woodlands and boundless meadows between communities which, though modernized in many respects, reflect the simplicity of past decades. In other words, Suffolk County remains, in the face of an ever spreading metropolitan area the ideal homeland for the city weary family. Long Island Forum hopes to contribute its bit toward keeping it that way.
This first issue, we think, contains some excellent articles descriptive of Suffolk County. There are historical sketches and other contributions all dedicated to the county.
We are indeed proud of our list of contributors. They include Morton Pennypacker and Jesse Merritt, local historians respectively of Suffolk and Nassau counties. Mrs. Irving S. S. Sammis and C. L. C. Ditmars who hold similar honorary posts in the towns of Huntington and Babylon. Henry Talmage, Master Farmer by gubernatorial appointment, Paul O. Mercer, prominent in the oyster industry, Etta R. DeMott, journalist, and others. With this array of representative contributors, Long Island Forum's introductory issue will, we hope, meet with public approval.
The Long Island Forum had a varied publication schedule. Beginning in January of 1938 as a bi-monthly publication it quickly switched to a monthly publication in May of that year.
"With this issue, the Long Island Forum becomes a monthly. Its founder has approached this decision not without realizing the increased labor and responsibility which such a step entails. Previous issues of the Forum, appearing every other month, seem to have created a demand for the magazine which we hope warrants its, more frequent appearance. The assistant publisher of a great New York City daily, who is himself a Long Islander, advised us, following the first number, that our chief concern would be to continue to find the sort of material which a magazine, dedicated as is the Forum to Long Island, must contain. We are convinced this edition, as well as future editions will excel the first." May, 1938
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