Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has increased recreational access, including the opening of the beach and outdoor programming. Park rangers remain on duty and normal regulations apply. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Increases Access to Park Grounds
Brad Kolodny started with some curiosity and an Instagram account but wound up with a coffee table book full of his images documenting synagogues from every corner of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
He tracked the evolution of the architecture, from simple buildings to post-modern masterpieces, as well as the growth of the Jewish community on Long Island itself. The post-Second World War boom led to a boom in synagogues as well.
On this episode of the Long Island History Project podcast, we discuss the history of Long Island synagogues, the role they play in their communities, and what drives a man to document their storied histories. [Read more…] about Synagogues of Long Island (Podcast)
Preservation Long Island has announced a series of public roundtable events to be streamed as part of The Jupiter Hammon Project. This multi-year initiative aims to expand interpretive and educational programming at the Joseph Lloyd Manor, an 18th century manor house in Lloyd Harbor, and a site of Black enslavement that is owned and operated by Preservation Long Island. [Read more…] about The Legacy of Enslavement on Long Island
Stepping Stones Light is a Victorian-style lighthouse in Long Island Sound, in Nassau County, New York. The lighthouse is square-shaped and made of red brick, standing one-and-a-half stories high. The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is a virtual twin of this structure. [Read more…] about Stepping Stones Light
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the annual temporary closure of three shellfishing areas on the North Shore of Long Island during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday period.
These closures are imposed during busy holidays to protect public health from potentially contaminated shellfish associated with increased boating activity in shellfishing waters. [Read more…] about North Shore Shellfishing Areas Temporarily Closed
The Long Island History Project, in collaboration with Preservation Long Island, hosted a week-long awards ceremony highlighting their 2020 Preservation Award winners.
The five interviews cover projects including 19th century sawmills and Gilded Age mansions, ranging from Seacliff on the North Shore to Oak Beach on the Atlantic. [Read more…] about Long Island Preservation Award Winner Interviews (Podcasts)
One of the most horrific anti-Semitic events in United States history happened in Marietta, Georgia. On August 17, 1915, Leo Frank, former director of the local National Pencil Company factory who was falsely convicted of murdering a teenage female factory worker, was dragged out of a state prison cell, taken to Marietta, and lynched.
A decade later, while Congress was sharply restricting immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe and a revitalized Ku Klux Klan was attracting adherents nationwide, Ernest Louis, a Jewish pharmacist living and working in Freeport, NY, on Long Island, was falsely accused of molesting a local teenage girl and forced to flee the Long Island town with his family. [Read more…] about When The Klan Ruled In Freeport, Long Island
Preservation Long Island have announced their biennial Preservation Awards. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in fields related to historic preservation on Long Island. [Read more…] about Long Island Preservation Awards Announced
The NYS Historic Newspapers site provides access to over 10 million pages of content published in local papers over the last two hundred years. If newspapers are the first draft of history, this is the mother of all manuscripts, filled with stories and people from every corner of New York state. [Read more…] about Old NYS Newspapers Online (Podcast)
Preservation Long Island has announced the launch of Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19, an initiative to build a collection around the art, objects, and stories that uniquely reflect this historic moment, from the experience of Long Island’s healthcare professionals and other essential workers, to COVID-19’s impact on local businesses, workers, and those isolating and creating at home. [Read more…] about Preservation Long Island Documenting COVID-19 Pandemic