Hicksville’s History Taught by our Historian

Hicksville’s History Taught by our Historian
Posted on 03/30/2022

On March 23rd and March 24th, James Janis, Hicksville Historian and Librarian from the Hicksville Public Library, visited Mr. Kevin Bunting’s “New York State of Mind” social studies class. Sixth period students learned about the history of Hicksville from the mid-1800’s through present day. Mr. Janis shared an array of images while sharing oral stories of Hicksville from past to present.  Mr. Janis’s presentation focused on the changing landscape of the Hicksville community from focusing on the town center, architecture of unique buildings and how they changed over time, business development to include at one time thirteen hotels, expansion of the Long Island Railroad to end in Hicksville because they ran out of money to further expand it, a population explosion of the Hicksville community, and how local and world history impacted these occurrences.  Mr. Janis provided a wealth of knowledge to the students of Hicksville High School, and the presentation was enjoyed by all.   

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Supervisor of Social Studies & Home and Career, Ms. Rose Borda and Hicksville High School Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Kevin Bunting brought Hicksville Historian and Hicksville Public Library Librarian, Mr. James Janis to Hicksville High School to speak to the students in the New York State of Mind social studies class.

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Mr. Janis, Hicksville Historian, speaks of the origin of the Hicksville Public School District and shared various early one-room school house images with students from the days before the district evolved to current day with multiple schools including both the Hicksville Middle School and Hicksville High School as separate buildings.  

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Mr. Janis discussed the Grand Central Hotel as the crown jewel of Hicksville in the turn of the century, which had visitors traveling on the Long Island Railroad to the end of its route at the time to stay in this hotel. Visitors stayed all summer long to vacation in the country side and take horse and buggy rides or bicycles around town.