On this episode of the Long Island History Project, we speak with Brenna McCormick-Thompson, coordinator of the Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor. You’ll hear how she works to tell the story of Long Island whaling through objects, historical records, and even the streets of Cold Spring Harbor itself.
American whaling was lucrative and gruesome. From the shores of the South Fork to the ports of Cold Spring Harbor, Sag Harbor, and Greenport, the allure of the whale did much to spur the economy and turn people’s attention towards the sea.
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The Long Island History Project is a podcast featuring stories and interviews with people passionate about Long Island history. It is co-hosted by academic librarian Chris Kretz and local historian and preservationist Connie Currie.