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The Friends of Hempstead Plains Launches New Book
The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains

 Launch event on May 12th at SUNY Nassau Community College

Garden City, New York – The Friends of Hempstead Plains have published a new book, The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains. To mark the publication of the book, the group will sponsor a book launch event at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 12 on the 11th floor of the Tower Building at Nassau Community College. A team of scholars from Hofstra University, Molloy College and Nassau Community College, along with other experts, worked cooperatively on the book, which was edited by Dr. Paul van Wie of Molloy College. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the authors, have their books signed, and learn more about the Friends of Hempstead Plains’ efforts to preserve the Plains.

"This book is intended for future generations so that they can appreciate the Plains in Long Island's history and ecology.  We are so proud that several of our authors are students," said Dr. Paul van Wie, author, editor, and Vice President of the Friends of Hempstead Plains. Dr. van Wie is also a Professor of History and Political Science at Molloy College.

"We are very excited that this book will help to inform, educate and preserve the true value of this gem "The Hempstead Plains," said Nina Shah-Giannaris, President of the Friends of Hempstead Plains and Professor of Engineering, Physics and Technology at SUNY Nassau Community College.

The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains is an interdisciplinary work that includes contributions from geologists, biologists, botanists, historians and artists. There are articles on both the geology and ecology of the Plains as well as their important role in the history of the United States. The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains was designed to be the definitive work on the subject, as well as a valuable resource as work continues to restore and preserve the remaining Plains acreage.

For more information about the book launch event and about The Natural and Human History of Hempstead Plains visit www.friendsofhp.org.

About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College is an institution where nearly 14,000 full-time, part-time, workforce development and continuing education students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 80 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in the New York State SUNY System, Nassau Community College offers a high-quality education and excellent support services, providing students with a solid foundation for their future successes. Nassau Community College graduates join a network of hundreds of thousands, representing professionals in healthcare, legal, education, business, and government.

Media Contact:  Lindsey Angioletti | lindsey.angioletti@ncc.edu



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