to honorJames Trent James is Brooklyn-born but living in Bellerose since he was five. When James was 12 he began attending meetings of the Creedmoor Civic Association becoming president at the age of 23, at that time NYC’s youngest civic president. In 1973, James convinced the State to stop the auction of 47 acres at Creedmoor Hospital that included a 1772 farmhouse and farmland that dated to 1697 and, in 1975, James formed a not-for-profit corporation to manage the property as the Queens County Farm Museum and worked to get the land transferred to the City’s Parks Department. The Farm Museum today serves annually 500,000 people and is the most visited farm museum in the United States if not the world. James also created an old-style county fair at the Museum which draws around 12,000 people for a weekend each September. The Farm Museum is the largest historic preservation project ever undertaken inQueens. James has raised millions of dollars to restore the property as a working farm. He is in his 38th year as president. Borough President Helen Marshall appointed James as the official historian for eastern Queens’ Community Board 13. James is a member of the Queens Preservation Council, and is President of the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point, an 1868 landmark building which was home to the first free kindergarten in America (1870) and has been working to have the building restored. James is also president of the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the character of the City’s lower density neighborhoods outside of Manhattan and often testifies for landmarking at hearings of the City’s Landmarks Commission.The "TOP ADVOCATES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION & EDUCATION" AWARDS RECEPTION takes place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at The Mansion at the Woodlands at Woodbury, One Southwoods Road, Woodbury, NY.To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net Proceeds support the Oyster Bay Historical Society's important programs and services! The Oyster Bay Historical Society, http://www.oysterbayhistorical.org/, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a broad public interest in and awareness of the rich and distinctive history of the Town of Oyster Bay, to collect, preserve, and make accessible to everyone artifacts, books, documents, records, photographs, and other materials pertinent to the history and development of Oyster Bay and to stimulate and educate the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications designed to interpret our past, to reflect on our future, and to bring our history to life in the present.
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