If you wanted to hunt foxes, play polo, or just train horses around New York in the late 1800s, Long Island was the place to go. On the latest episode of The Long Island History Project, we explore this equestrian heritage with our guest Katie Robbins. Our subject is Katie’s ancestor Clarence H. Robbins, consumate cross country rider, horse trainer, and master of the hounds. He ran with Belmonts and Vanderbilts while avoiding the limelight himself although later generations would come to know his son, noted fantasy author Tod Robbins. [Read more…] about Equestrian Heritage on Long Island
Reflecting the expansion of its services and territory, the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies has officially changed its name to Long Island Historical Societies.
Permission for the name change and territory was recently received from the New York State Board of Regents. [Read more…] about Long Island History Organization Has New Name
The latest episode of The Long Island History Project delves into the life of a professional genealogist.
Linda Metzger reveals how she turned a passion into a profession along with thoughts on Long Island’s founding families, the traits of a good genealogist, and the impact of telling stories. [Read more…] about Long Island History Project: Life of a Professional Genealogist
Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island had hit rock bottom by 2016. The once famous resort area had become a dumping ground for garbage, construction waste and worse. To clean it up, to restore it to the natural conditions enjoyed by visitors and residents of centuries past, would be a historic rennovation of massive proportions. [Read more…] about Saving Long Island’s Lake Ronkonkoma
What secrets lurk in the depths of Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island? In our interview with Evelyn Vollgraff, president of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, we discuss the development of this area from Indian settlement to early 20th-century resort. Located near the geographical center of the island and its largest freshwater lake, Ronkonkoma has been a prominent landmark for centuries. Also joining us is Danielle Campbell of News Channel 12 who, through her own reporting, has highlighted the uniqueness of the region. [Read more…] about Lake Ronkonkoma: The Long Island History Project
In the year 1658, at the south fork of Long Island, there was a small fishing and farming settlement called Easthampton.
Recently settled by English Puritans (by way of New England), it was governed by a small group of village aldermen, which was headed by Lord Lion Gardiner, a former British military engineer, who faithfully served English King Charles 1st , during the Pequot War, (1636-1638). [Read more…] about Witch, Be Gone! A Witch Trial Set In Long Island
A whaling frenzy gripped the East End of Long Island in the mid-1600s. Prominent settlers in the area fought the elements and each other to pursue this often brutal, bloody, yet extremely profitable trade. And the most sought-after crews were drawn from the local Native American population: Shinnecock, Unkechaug, and Montauketts.
Dr. John Strong, professor emeritus of Southampton College, documents this history in his latest book, America’s Early Whalemen: Indian Shore Whalers on Long Island, 1650-1750. Combing records and primary sources from across the Island, he pieces together a portrait of a neglected period of American history. [Read more…] about Early Whaling on Long Island
SculptureCenter in Long Island City has announced upcoming programming which includes the first U.S. exhibition of Banu Cennetoğlu, solo exhibitions by French artist Jean-Luc Moulène and LA-based artist Fiona Connor, and a site-specific public artwork for Court Square by Matt Keegan.
Additional highlights include the annual In Practice exhibition featuring new work by emerging artitsts and the release of SculptureCenter’s first e-book, a continuation of the series Inquiries into Contemporary Sculpture. [Read more…] about SculptureCenter Issues New Exhibition, Program Schedule
Author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky has found an engaging way to teach local history: add in ghosts. With her partner Joe Giaquinto, she has made a specialty of investigating historic hauntings across Long Island. On the latest episode of The Long Island History Project, she shares her experiences with the paranormal and how it’s affected her everyday life. [Read more…] about Ghosts of Long Island Local History
The 29th annual Apple Festival at Sherwood–Jayne Farm has been set for Sunday, September 30th. From freshly pressed cider and homemade pies, this year’s festival brings apples and much more.
While two of the highlights of the festival are the Apple Pie Baking Contest and Live Apple Pie Auction, there are continuous activities, special programs and apple-related demonstrations throughout the day including: Live Music, Old Fashioned Games and Relay Races, Apple Crafts, Face Painting, Pony and Hay Rides, Apple Pressing with Johnny Appleseed, Apple Cider Tasting, Colonial Cooking Demonstrations, Historic House and Barn Tours, Local Artisans and Vendors for Crafts, Food and Beverages. [Read more…] about Preservation Long Island Apple Festival September 30th