Tag Archives: Long Island

Long Island: Newsday’s History With Bob Keeler


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long island history project logoNewsday has helped shape the development of Nassau and Suffolk counties since its first edition rolled off the presses in 1940. And it never would have happened without the unique marriage of Alicia Patterson and Harry Guggenheim.

Learn the backstory of Long Island’s paper of record, as told by former Newsday reporter Bob Keeler. Bob spent years researching the lives of Alicia, Harry, Bill Moyers, and all those involved in Newsday‘s first half-century.

His book Newsday: A Candid History of the Respectable Tabloid, published in 1990, is required reading for anyone interested in Long Island, journalism, and post-WWII politics. Continue reading

Camp Upton Featured On Long Island History Project


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long island history project logoThe latest episode of The Long Island History Project heads to Camp Upton. Suzanne Johnson and David Clemens discuss the history of this vast military training camp in Brookhaven that served the US Army in World War I and II.

We focus on their new book on the camp from Arcadia Press that features images from 1917-18 and beyond. Many of the images are drawn from the Longwood Public Library where both Suzanne and David were directors.

You’ll hear about the 77th Division, the Harlem Hellfighters, Irving Berlin, and the amazing feat of raising an army to fight The War to End All Wars. Continue reading

SPLIA Name Changed to Preservation Long Island


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preservation long islandThe Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, often referred to as SPLIA has changed their name to Preservation Long Island.

The mission of Preservation Long Island is to advance historic preservation island-wide by providing assistance to local groups working in the field, creating educational programs, and publishing extensive research on Long Island’s country houses and related subjects. Continue reading

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.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

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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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