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Episode 99: Pottery on Long Island with Mark Smith

The Long Island History Project

Release Date: 12/13/2019

Episode 125: Fabio Montella and the Riverhead Stadium show art Episode 125: Fabio Montella and the Riverhead Stadium

The Long Island History Project

Fabio Montella of Suffolk County Community College recounts the story of Riverhead Stadium and the area's long connection to baseball history.

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Episode 124: Brad Kolodny and the Synagogues of Long Island show art Episode 124: Brad Kolodny and the Synagogues of Long Island

The Long Island History Project

Brad Kolodny spent four years documenting every synagogue in Nassau and Suffolk Counties that he could find. The result is his comprehensive coffee table book from Segula Publishing.

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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

The Long Island History Project

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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Mark Smith, bottle collector extraordinaire last heard on episode #63, returns to reveal his other Long Island history passion: pottery!

We get an inside look at his private collection of crocks and jugs (and butter churns) documenting the evolution of pottery on the Island. We'll dive into the history of Huntington's pottery industry in particular, tracing the rise and fall of a speicifc business that changed hands many times over the course of the 19th century. 

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