Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Connetquot River State Park Preserve

To read about the history of the club and how it became a state park see:
Raines, J.D. (3 August 2012). A Rich Legacy of the Great South Bay. Fire Island Tide Newspaper. p. 44(2).

Main Building, SSSC
Main Building of the South Side Sportsmens Club, photo by always say yes

The buildings of the South Side Sportsmens Club
The buildings of the South Side Sportsmens Club by always say yes

South Side Sportsmens Club Building
South Side Sportsmens Club Building, photo by HGHjim

Items in The New York Historical Society:

Franklin Stove, 1845–1875

Trophy, 1884

South Side Sportsmens Club Bibliography


I hope someone can help. I have a box of club memorabilia given to my mother in the 60s or 70s to protect. I would love to find a proper home for the pictures etc. I have many wonderful memories of fishing & hunting there.

Mark Romaine ?18 June 2010, 11:21

There are a number of entities that might have an interest. One would be Friends of Connetquot. Harry Havemeyer is giving a lecture at the park tommorow. He and Gil Bergin, the park manager may be able to identify the people connected to the items you have.

JJ Friends ?12 September 2010, 22:12

Hello I just found this site The Friends of Connetquot would appreciate any memorabelia related to the club Jerry Thank you

Linda J. Kasten ?24 September 2010, 11:31

Linda Kasten, I agree, the Friends of Connetquot would be the best home for your box of memories. They have some memorabelia from Lavern Witlock and Betty Kuss (local historians) which they are protecting for the future. I worked for the South Side Sportsman’s Club in 69, 70 and 71 and currently I work at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. We have little memorabelia to put in our museum, I wish people would come forth with informatiion so we could share it with the public. All typed of memorabelia can be shared through lecture series and other historic programs. Why don’t you take a ride to the club, ($8.00 to park) take a tour (Sundays between 1:00 - 3:30 pm - $4/adult, $3/child) and then contact the Friends Group if you like what you see. The people at the park would be happy to put you in contact with the Friends Group. The reply JJ Friends, (Jerry) is one of the members of the group. Any of them would be pleased to help.

Susie Haggerson Utech ?15 November 2010, 16:50

Thank you all… I remember Gil Bergin & perhaps I will touch base with him.. I am in Ligonier, Pa and I will try to get these things sent off to LI after the first of the year…. mostly albumn pictures.. my dad sadly lost his sight & could not identify old friends… I have marked my own family who are in pictures…. my daughter would like to keep the framed map of Southside… not sure of date… but not “crucial” if there are not others around…

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