If the thought of W.C. Fields and Ethel Barrymore walking a picket line strikes you as incongruous, it’s time to brush up on some labor history. On the Long Island History Project Podcast, Caroline Propersi-Grossman, a labor historian and PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, relates the story of the 1919 Actors’ Equity Strike and how it fits into labor history. [Read more…] about Labor History: 1919 Actors’ Equity Strike
Every other year, Preservation Long Island compiles a list of endangered historic places in need of saving. Sarah Kautz, their Preservation Director, joins The Long Island History Project podcast to discuss the four sites chosen for 2019.
From a family farm in East Patchogue to a life saving station on Fire Island, each of these sites presents a unique case study in Long Island’s history and the many challenges involved in preserving historic structures. [Read more…] about Preservation Long Island’s Endangered Historic Places
Preservation Long Island’s three historic house museums have opened for the 2019 season. Preservation Long Island maintains and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history. [Read more…] about Preservation Long Island Historic Houses Now Open
The town of Islip in Suffolk County is celebrating its 335th anniversary so The Long Island History Project is celebrating with this look back at a forgotten family of the area. William Handy Ludlow married Frances Louisa Nicoll, joining one of the oldest families in the region. Their share of the ancestral estate included today’s Oakdale and West Sayville as well as St. John’s Episcopal Church, built in the 1700s. [Read more…] about The Ludlows of Suffolk County
The 10th Annual Southampton House Tour, “Insider’s View,” has been set for Saturday, June 1st, at the Thomas Halsey Homestead, 249 South Main Street, and throughout the Village of Southampton.
Tour participants will experience houses that illustrate Southampton’s unique architectural history from colonial days to present. Ticket holders also have the opportunity to tour the 1648 Thomas Halsey Homestead, Saint Andrew’s Dune Church and a historic library building.
This year is the 185th anniversary of the founding of the Long Island Railroad. Despite service delays and fare increases it remains the spine of Long Island and the center of its transportation network. The LIRR serves over 300,000 passengers a week with about 90 million rides a year.
The origins of the LIRR, chartered by New York State in April 1834, have a little remembered dark side. Much of the railroads early funding came from profits from Caribbean sugar produced by enslaved African labor. The key link between the LIRR, sugar and slavery was William F. Havemeyer. [Read more…] about NYC Mayor Havemayer: Sugar, Slavery and the Long Island Railroad
Preservation Long Island has announced their 2019 Endangered Historic Places List, consisting of four sites that reflect Long Island’s historic resources and cultural heritage.
Every year important historic places across Long Island are threatened by a variety of adverse conditions, from outright demolition to a lack of appreciation for their historic value, or the inability to develop sustainable long-term plans for preservation and stewardship.
In 2010, Preservation Long Island (formerly the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities), established the Endangered Historic Places Program (EHPP) with the goal of raising region-wide support for historic places facing precarious circumstances. [Read more…] about Long Island’s 2019 Endangered Historic Places List
In February, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site held a full day teacher workshop focusing on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and famed educator, orator, and founder of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Booker T. Washington. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Hosts Its First Ever Teacher Workshop
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) will host Hands-On Historic Housekeeping Workshops in April and July on Long Island.
These full-day workshops are designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills. [Read more…] about Historic Collections Care Workshops on Long Island
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