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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.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Long Island ‘In Harm’s Way’ Symposium Sunday


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An aerial view of a house on the ocean side of Fire Island that was washed away by the surge of the nor-easter. (Oct. 31, 1991)On Sunday, October 28, the Long Island Museum, in collaboration with Long Island Traditions, will host In Harm’s Way: Past Present & Future, a symposium that explores storm preparation, recovery and moving forward.

The event will take place from 9:45 am to 4 pm at The Long Island Museum. Registration is $12 per person and $10 for students, seniors and museum members. An optional lunch is available for $10 additional. Continue reading

Oyster Bay Railroad Station Restoration Tour Nov 4th


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Theodore Roosevelt departing the historic Oyster Bay Railroad Station circa 1900The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) has partnered with the Historic Oyster Bay Railroad Station to organize a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, November 4 from 2 to 4 pm.

The tour will take a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing restoration of the historic station once used by President Theodore Roosevelt to travel between his residence at Sagamore Hill and Washington D.C. Continue reading

Rockville Centre Walking Tour And Reception Planned


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St. Agnes Cathedral - Rockville Centre LIRR Station The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) has partnered with the Rockville Centre to organize a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, October 28 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Explore the historic heart of Rockville Centre with Village Historian, Marilyn Nunes Devlin, including the St. Agnes Cathedral, the Village Hall, and the Church of the Ascension. The tour will conclude with a reception at the restored Victorian-era Phillips House Museum. Continue reading

Long Island: Mather House Museum Complex Tour


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Mather House Museum courtesy Historical Society of Greater Port JeffersonThe Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) has partnered with the Mather House Museum Complex in Port Jefferson, to provide a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, October 21, from 2 to 4 pm.

Port Jefferson Historical Society’s Mather Museum Complex curator Laura Warren will lead the tour. The tour will look at the museum’s new archives building and delve into the facility’s planning, design, and realization. Continue reading

Long Island Exhibit: TR’s Hunter-Conservationist Legacy


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TR’s Hunter-Conservationist exhibitSagamore Hill National Historic Site has opened a new exhibit at the Old Orchard Museum honoring Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy as a hunter-conservationist.

The exhibit, entitled “Conservation from Here,” pairs original artwork by artist Joseph Rossano with historic artifacts from the Sagamore Hill collection that reflect Roosevelt’s fondness for wildlife and the outdoors.

Rossano’s five pieces hang in the front hall of the museum depicting a bear, a deer, a bison, a pronghorn, and an elk based on etchings on one of Theodore Roosevelt’s rifles. The images were rendered onto wood that came from a recently fallen copper beech tree at Sagamore Hill. The ink used to create the artwork was made from the tree’s bark. Continue reading

Utopia: The Village of Modern Times


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Among_the_Pines_Brentwood_NYOne spring morning, readers of the New York Tribune opened the paper to discover the surprising news that Utopia had appeared overnight. Where inequality, strife, turmoil, mutual hatred, and oppression had previously ruled over human history, in this new place, men and women were said to be, even now, living together in a state of peace, harmony, and equity.

Readers were surprised, even disbelieving. Others, who had followed certain hints and implications, wondered if this might be, perhaps, the fulfillment of certain obscure promises by the great reformers of the day: the Greeleys, the Ballous, the Comtes. Continue reading

Thoreau’s Long Island Railroad Sojourn


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Thompson’s Station “About ninety years ago, there was born in Concord, Mass, a boy who never really grew to be a man, though he lived forty-four years. It is true that he got to be tall and strong, with a deep bass voice; that he wore a beard, and that from all external appearances he would have at once been taken for a full-sized man. But at heart he was always a boy. He never got over the habit of looking at things from a boy’s point of view. Instead of regarding the world as a place for serious business, where men must work so many hours a day and produce so many dollars’ worth of goods, and till the fields and labor hard in factories, or offices, or stores, and ‘get along’ – instead of all these things, he always seemed to consider the world as a great, fine, glorious playground — a place to be enjoyed and appreciated. This man-boy was Henry David Thoreau.” – From Gilbert P. Coleman’s “The Man Who Was Always A Boy.” Continue reading

SPLIA ‘Collecting Long Island’ Exhibit Opening


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Oyster Bay millThe Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) will open a new exhibit on September 15th. The exhibit is titled Collecting Long Island, and the objects come from all over the island, from the Hamptons to Old Westbury.

This display of regional paintings and decorative arts, most on public view for the first time, will present new discoveries and encourage visitors to look at objects through the eye of the collector to understand how we know what we know about the things Long Islanders have made, used, and cherished for centuries. Continue reading