The Society Dedicated to Preserving the History of Roosevelt Island

Lynne Strong-Shinozaki has decades of experience as a community advocate and volunteer. Committed to promoting local history, Lynne Strong-Shinozaki served for many years on the board of directors for the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

Created to preserve and share the history of the island, the Roosevelt Island Historical Society maintains collections of a diverse range of documents and artifacts dating back to the times of the early colonists. Visitors can explore that history through the society’s public exhibitions and ask questions at the visitor center kiosk near the tram station.

Alongside its exhibitions, the organization features educational opportunities such as lectures and walking tours. Some of its recent talks included the story of a 19th century woman known as the Woman in the Iron Coffin, as well as an introduction by Carol Zoreff to her book Barren Island about a glue and fertilizer factory in Jamaica Bay, where immigrants worked up until the 1930s.

For more information about upcoming lectures or details about the work of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, visit