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Episode 96: Revisiting the Founding Era with Brentwood Library

The Long Island History Project

Release Date: 10/14/2019

Episode 123: Special rebroadcast of interview with Lillian, Cathy and Susan Barbash show art Episode 123: Special rebroadcast of interview with Lillian, Cathy and Susan Barbash

The Long Island History Project

We're rebroadcasting our interview with Lillian, Cathy and Susan Barbash about their family and their fight to stop Robert Moses from driving a road down the middle of Fire Island.  We were saddened to hear of the recent pasing of Lillian and wanted to share this conversation in her memory.

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Episode 122: Oakdale Preservation Award show art Episode 122: Oakdale Preservation Award

The Long Island History Project

Maryann Almes, president of the Oakdale Historical Society, joins us to discuss the organization's role in preserving and celebrating the history of Oakdale. Located in Islip on the south shore of Long Island, Oakdale has a storied past as a gem of the Gilded Age. For decades in the late 19th century, a string of mansions, most prominently William K. Vanderbilt's Idle Hour, lined the Great South Bay and attracted national attention.

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Episode 121: Fordham Mill Preservation Award show art Episode 121: Fordham Mill Preservation Award

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The Fordham Mill (also known as the Tuttle-Fordham Mill or the Brick Mill) in Remsenburg was a local landmark long before it caught the eye of John Kanas. Growing up on the East End, John would pass the brick building that sits across the Speonk River, little knowing that he would one day be the one to save it.

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Episode 120: Babylon Preservation Award show art Episode 120: Babylon Preservation Award

The Long Island History Project

Today we hit the beach to talk to Mary Cascone, Babylon Town Historian, about the Oak Beach Life Saving Station. Perched between the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the station withstood the ravages of wind, rain, and Superstorm Sandy. It has been moved a few times and gone through a number of uses but still retained much of its original details when the Town began its restoration in earnest in 2013.

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Episode 119: Sea Cliff Preservation Award with Erinn McDonnell show art Episode 119: Sea Cliff Preservation Award with Erinn McDonnell

The Long Island History Project

The preservation awards ceremony continues! Today we speak with Erinn McDonnell of the village of Sea Cliff in Nassau County. Erinn managed the restoration of their 1931, Tudor revival-style firehouse on Roslyn Avenue, challegened to restore the building's distinctive steel casement windows without disrupting the operations of a working firehouse.

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Episode 118: SANS Sag Harbor Preservation Award show art Episode 118: SANS Sag Harbor Preservation Award

The Long Island History Project

Today we speak with SANS Sag Harbor president Renee Simons about the push to preserve three historic African American subdivisions in the area: Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah. Started as summer resort areas after World War II, the three neighborhoods provided African Americans a safe retreat during highly segregated times.

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Episode 117: John Warren of the New York State Almanack show art Episode 117: John Warren of the New York State Almanack

The Long Island History Project

We travel this week to the Adirondacks (virtually speaking) to talk with John Warren, founder and publisher of New York Almanack. Formerly known as the New York History Blog, the Almanack delivers stories and information about all aspects of New York State history as well as the Adirondacks region.

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Episode 116: Chuck Henry and New York State Historic Newspapers show art Episode 116: Chuck Henry and New York State Historic Newspapers

The Long Island History Project

Chuck is the IT Coordinator for the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN). Part of his job is keeping things running at the New York State Historic Newspapers website, shepherding millions of pages of New York newspapers from their frozen microfilm existence to a new life in a free and open digital database.

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Episode 115: Kendra Gaylord and Someone Lived Here show art Episode 115: Kendra Gaylord and Someone Lived Here

The Long Island History Project

The places we live are filled with the stories of our lives, told room by room like chapters in a book. So how do you read a home? That's what Kendra Gaylord does on her podcast, Someone Lived Here. She explores historic houses to find the people who inhabited them, from poets and photographers to inventors and musicians

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Suffolk County News, May 14, 1920 show art Suffolk County News, May 14, 1920

The Long Island History Project

We wade once again into the cool stream of the digital past to fish for items from the Suffolk County News of 1920. Today is Friday, May 14th in the last century and we find glimpses of lost silent films, more automobile accidents, and the dismantling of one of the great estates of the South Shore.

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We take a look back at the Revolutionary War on Long Island, courtesy of the Brentwood Public Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Peter Ward, the library's local history librarian, served as host. The Institute funded it; Peter Carmona, librarian trainee, recorded it. Historians Joanne Grasso of NYIT and Peter Bales of Queensboro Community College were the experts on the panel along with Chris Kretz, who mixed the whole thing down into bite sized pieces for your enjoyment.

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