We have a comprehensively amazing display of over 500 original newspapers for your viewing pleasure. Whether you want to relive an event from your past or experience a part of history for the first time we have a collection to satisfy your curiosity. The museum will be working with high school teachers to assemble a collection of 200 newspapers for a children’s museum. These newspapers will allow children to gain a keener insight regarding society, science, politics, and the human element.
Mike Tesoriero of Farmingville, who has been collecting newspapers since the 1960s, is the proprietor of what he believes is the first newspaper museum in the nation. Tesoriero has displayed hundreds of newspapers showing all sorts of historic events. Many are from Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Daily News and The New York Times, with front-page stories ranging from the deaths of John Lennon and Richard Nixon to the many faces of Michael Jackson.
Tesoriero, who previously worked as a furniture salesman, said he has “always kind of fancied history” and deemed himself a “self-taught” historian. “After I got out of school, I realized how much I didn’t know, so I began to read,” he said, noting that he entered what he calls “free study” after graduating from Patchogue High School.
Since opening the NYS Newspaper Museum, Tesoriero said operating the venue has become his full-time endeavor and encourages community members to join us at any of our upcoming events.
Of the hundreds of newspapers displayed in the museum, the collector’s favorites include the May 5, 1970 Daily News featuring the Kent State shootings when four students were killed by a member of the Ohio National Guard, and the May 30, 1982 Newsday featuring a massive rape and robbery incident at Sea Crest Diner in Old Westbury. There is also a small section dedicated to papers containing stories about Osama bin Laden, Tesoriero said, because “I have such a grudge against him.”
The next step in the museum’s development, according to Tesoriero, will be establishing a board of directors of the four history and two science teachers required to develop an educational curriculum, which would enable local students to visit the museum as a class.
“If you like history, this is the place to be,” Tesoriero said. Interested teachers may call (631) 512-1518 for information.