With the story of the Culper Spy Ring enjoying a renaissance, we talk with Margo Arceri of Strong’s Neck in Setauket, Long Island, who heard the story of from the great-great-granddaughter of one of the spies herself. She went on to found Tri-Spy Tours and Culper Spy Day while also working with the Three Village Historical Society.
As a bonus, we also had Danielle Campbell join the conversation. Danielle is an anchor and reporter for News 12 Long Island and produces the Long Island’s Hidden Past segment for the cable channel. Continue reading
Behind every great woman is another great woman and Natalie Naylor is bringing them all to light. Her book Women in Long Island’s Past (History Press, 2012), highlights the accomplished and acclaimed women who have been connected to Long Island over the centuries.
From early Algonquian sunksquaws to 20th century suffragists, from First Ladies to famous flyers, Natalie gives us a wide-ranging look at what women have accomplished on the Island. Just some of the notables include Julia Gardiner Tyler, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Elinor Smith, and Barbara McClintock. Continue reading
The East Hampton Historical Society, the new stewards of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, have announced an Opening Celebration to be held on the evening of Friday, July 6, 2018.
The benefit will celebrate the opening of the Moran Studio Exhibition. Located on East Hampton’s Main Street Historic District, this turreted Queen Anne shingled piece of Victorian architectural is a registered National Historic Landmark. Continue reading
We caught the 7 am ferry from New London CT to Orient Point for a day on eastern Long Island (which was part of Connecticut for most of the 17th-century and was economically and cultural connected into the 19th).
Our destination was the Southampton Historical Museum’s 9th annual “Tour of Southampton Homes.” You know – “the Hamptons” – a famous haunt of the 1/10th of 1%.
So how does the work of local history perform in a place like that? The House Tour was awesome and what you might expect – folks with flashy estates opening up their houses to voyeurs like us – at $100pp – a chance to see inside the lifestyle of the astonishingly provisioned. Continue reading
“The Land of Moses: Robert Moses and Modern Long Island” has been set for Sunday, June 10th at 2 pm at the Community Church of East Williston, Long Island, NY.
The speakers, Joshua Ruff and Jonathan Olly, are the co-curators of an upcoming exhibition on Robert Moses, which will open at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages in Stony Brook on June 22. Continue reading
Nassau Community College and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has announced a week-long immersive field study course focused on local history taking place from June 11-15 at Nassau Community College. Continue reading
From 1959 to 1973, the Long Island Ducks brought their signature style of hockey to the Long Island Arena in Commack. Aggressive, hard-nosed, and always entertaining, they remain a point of local pride. They’ve also entered the popular culture. Paul Newman’s character in the 1977 movie Slap Shot was based on Duck’s captain John Brophy.
Chris Vaccaro, director of the Sufolk Sports Hall of Fame, relates the history of the Duck franchise within the context of the Eastern Hockey League and the sports cutlure of the time. As an added bonus, Connie Currie shares her own first-hand experiences attending Ducks games in the 1960s. Continue reading
The Long Island Historian Summit has been set for Saturday, June 30, 2018, and will provided historians an opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and experiences relevant to their positions.
Speakers and moderators will include New York State Historian Devin Lander, Assistant Commissioner for Archives and New York State Archivist Thomas J. Ruller, the Suffolk County Historian, and historians from the Town of North Hempstead, Village of Southampton, Town of Brookhaven and Dr. Georgette Grier-Keys, President, Board of Trustees of Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies. Continue reading
The Culper Spy Ring has taken hold of the public imagination in recent years. From the work of historian Alexander Rose to the AMC series Turn, this story of a tight-knit group of Long Island natives spying for George Washington during the Revolution provides a compelling narrative.
On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we take a closer look at the primary sources that help document the Culper story. Kristen Nyitray, Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Stony Brook University, and Chris Filstrup, former Dean of SBU Libraries, discuss their pursuit and acquisition of two letters by George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge about the operations of the spy ring. We also discus how the letters helped form closer ties among community groups involved in interpreting and promoting this fascinating aspect of Long Island history. Continue reading
In 1960s Sayville, Long Island, no woman editor had ever run the hometown paper.
Then Mary Lou Cohalan and her friend Joann O’Doherty took over the Suffolk County News.
What followed was a crash course in journalism, politics, and crisis management set against the Vietnam War and the rapidly expanding suburbs in the town of Islip. Continue reading