Author Archives: Chris Kretz

Chris Kretz

About Chris Kretz

Chris Kretz produces and co-hosts the Long Island History Project. He is the Head of Stony Brook University's Southampton campus library and the co-author of Oakdale from Arcadia Press.

Long Island: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Time On The North Shore


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long island history project logoThe Great Gatsby left its mark on both Long Island and literature. But while F. Scott Fitzgerald spent two riotous years living in Great Neck, it took a move to France to turn those experiences into a masterpiece.

On the latest episode of The Long Island History Project, Charles Riley explains the history of the North Shore of Long Island in the 1920s and why Fitzgerald had to leave to get Gatsby written. Riley, author of Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism, is also the director of the Nassau County Museum of Art.

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Longwood: Long Island History Project Podcast


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Gordon Heights adLongwood on Long Island is a school district, a public library, and fertile ground for stories. The Long Island History Project captured some of those stories during a conversation with Longwood Local History Librarian Melanie Cardone-Leathers.

Among the topics covered were Civil War tragedies, Revolutionary War triumphs, Nazis, Harlem Hellfighters, wrong-way aviators, runaway monkeys, and Irving Berlin.

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Long Island History Podcast: Roosevelt, NY


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Carol GilliamOn today’s episode we’re talking the history of Roosevelt, known as Rum Point for most of the 19th century. Our guest is Carol Gilliam, the Black Heritage Librarian at Roosevelt Public Library where she oversees a collection dedicated to black culture and history.

Our discussion includes the growth and use of the collection as well as the challenges and opportunities of preserving Roosevelt’s past. Along the way we highlight the Harlem Renaissance, Chuck D and Julius Irving.

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Long Island History Podcast Interviews Bill Bleyer


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Bill Bleyer. On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we interview author and journalist Bill Bleyer about his long history covering the Island and uncovering its past.

Bill has written books on the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sagamore Hill, and Long Island and the Civil War. He was also a journalist at Newsday for over thirty years and played a key role in the production of Long Island: Our Story.

You’ll hear about working as a journalist on Long Island, his battle with Robert Moses, and more.

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