We’re returning to Revolutionary War era Long Island on this episode of The Long Island History Project podcast. And while the Culper Spy Ring does play a part, we are turning the focus to a woman whose story and connections to the Ring were ignored and misrepresented until reconstructed by Claire Bellerjeau. Her book with Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution (Lyons Press, 2021), brought to life the meticulous research Bellerjeau conducted over years to illustrate Liss (Elizabeth), a woman surviving through tumultuous times. [Read more…] about Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution
The Cultural Landscape Foundation today released Landslide 2022, an annual thematic report and exhibition about threatened and at-risk landscapes, focusing on twelve sites designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., and his successor firms, a founder of the discipline of landscape architecture best known as the co-designer of Central Park in New York City.
This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Olmsted Sr. (1822-1903). The sites feature the involvement of one or more of all three Olmsteds: Olmsted Sr., his son Olmsted Jr. (1870-1957), and stepson John Charles Olmsted (1852-1920). [Read more…] about Nationally Significant Olmsted Landscapes Threatened
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 Oyster Bay Historical Society has announced a staged reading of “Salt Water People” by American Lore Theater has been set for Sunday, November 3rd, at 2 pm. This event is part of the Waterfront Heroes exhibit, celebrating those who preserve New York’s maritime heritage.
The play, by Jake Rosenberg, loosely based on Peter Matthiessen’s book, Men’s Lives, focuses on the plight of the Baymen of Long Island, and of the Bonackers, descendants of one of the oldest European settlers on Long Island, and their unique and rapidly fading American English dialect. [Read more…] about ‘Salt Water People’ Explores Baymen’s Lives on Long Island
The new book Cove Neck: Oyster Bay’s Historic Enclave (The History Press, 2019) by John E. Hammond and Elizabeth E. Roosevelt, looks at the village of Cove Neck in Long Island.
Looking out over the majestic waters of Oyster Bay, the village of Cove Neck has played an outsized role in the history of Long Island and the nation. [Read more…] about Cove Neck: Oyster Bay’s Historic Enclave
Preservation Long Island has invited the public to an afternoon lecture by curator and decorative arts specialist Jeannine Falino followed by light refreshments and lively discussion.
The lecture, Dilatory Domiciles: New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island is set for Saturday, January 27, at 4pm, at the Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. [Read more…] about New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island Lecture
The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) has partnered with the Historic Oyster Bay Railroad Station to organize a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, November 4 from 2 to 4 pm.
The tour will take a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing restoration of the historic station once used by President Theodore Roosevelt to travel between his residence at Sagamore Hill and Washington D.C. [Read more…] about Oyster Bay Railroad Station Restoration Tour Nov 4th
Sagamore Hill NHS is providing day-long outdoor activities on Tuesday, July 4th, free and open to the public.
Attendees will see history come alive as Theodore Roosevelt, performed by Joe Wiegand, along with other family friendly activities offered from 11 am to 4 pm.
At 2 pm, the main program will begin with speeches and a performance from the Calliope Brass Band.
There will be an equestrian reenactment of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, “The Rough Riders,” including a call for recruits where young volunteers will receive their enlistment papers. [Read more…] about Independence Day Celebration at Sagamore Hill July 4th
The Thirteenth Annual Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill, continues on Thursday, March 30, with “Boomtown: Oyster Bay During the Theodore Roosevelt Era.” In his lecture, Park Ranger Scott Gurney of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will discuss how technological advances in transportation, communication, and lifestyle at the turn of the 20th century — combined with the popularity of Theodore Roosevelt — transformed Oyster By from a quiet country town into the focus of world attention. [Read more…] about Boomtown: Oyster Bay During the TR Era