The Long Island History Project
It’s a long island with a long history. Want to hear it? Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.
info_outline Episode 123: Special rebroadcast of interview with Lillian, Cathy and Susan Barbash 07/06/2020
Episode 123: Special rebroadcast of interview with Lillian, Cathy and Susan Barbash 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.
info_outline Episode 122: Oakdale Preservation Award 06/12/2020
Episode 122: Oakdale Preservation Award 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.
info_outline Episode 121: Fordham Mill Preservation Award 06/11/2020
Episode 121: Fordham Mill Preservation Award 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.
info_outline Episode 120: Babylon Preservation Award 06/10/2020
Episode 120: Babylon Preservation Award 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.
info_outline Episode 119: Sea Cliff Preservation Award with Erinn McDonnell 06/09/2020
Episode 119: Sea Cliff Preservation Award with Erinn McDonnell 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.
info_outline Episode 118: SANS Sag Harbor Preservation Award 06/08/2020
Episode 118: SANS Sag Harbor Preservation Award 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.
info_outline Episode 117: John Warren of the New York State Almanack 06/02/2020
Episode 117: John Warren of the New York State Almanack 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.
info_outline Episode 116: Chuck Henry and New York State Historic Newspapers 05/22/2020
Episode 116: Chuck Henry and New York State Historic Newspapers 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.
info_outline Episode 115: Kendra Gaylord and Someone Lived Here 05/17/2020
Episode 115: Kendra Gaylord and Someone Lived Here 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
info_outline Suffolk County News, May 14, 1920 05/15/2020
Suffolk County News, May 14, 1920 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.
info_outline Episode 113: Suffolk County News, May 7, 1920 05/08/2020
Episode 113: Suffolk County News, May 7, 1920 Welcome back to our exploration of the Suffolk County News, bringing tales of life from a century ago. This week, there is some bad hooch going around, the hometown team wins their opener, and Will Rogers has a new movie out.
info_outline Episode 112: Long Island Whaling and Brenna McCormick-Thompson 05/06/2020
Episode 112: Long Island Whaling and Brenna McCormick-Thompson We return today to the sea to consider the whale. More specifically, we talk with Brenna McCormick-Thompson of the Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor. Brenna is the Curator of Education at the museum and helps tell the story of Long Island whaling to visitors of all ages.
info_outline Episode 111: Suffolk County News, April 30, 1920 05/01/2020
Episode 111: Suffolk County News, April 30, 1920 If it's Friday and we're still in self-isolation, then this is another edition of the Suffolk County News, give or take one hundred years. We're reading through the newspaper as it appeared in 1920 and pulling out the highlights, the miscellany, the unjustly forgotten.
info_outline Episode 110: Suffolk County News, April 23, 1920 04/24/2020
Episode 110: Suffolk County News, April 23, 1920 The latest edition of last century's Suffolk County News is here, for April 23rd, 1920. We continue easing our home isolation by reading what was going on in our region all those years ago.
info_outline Episode 109: Living with the Pandemic 04/22/2020
Episode 109: Living with the Pandemic Two museum directors, one public librarian, an artist, a researcher and a journalist. We're spending time today catching up with past guests to see how they're faring. The result is a small glimpse into the lives of six people from the region and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted them and their jobs.
info_outline Episode 108: Suffolk County News, April 17, 1920 04/17/2020
Episode 108: Suffolk County News, April 17, 1920 We continue our trek through the local news of a century gone by. Today in the Suffolk County News from Arpil 16, 1920., we find stories of bootleggers, war-torn France and two spinster sisters freed from an insane asylum after a decade of confinement.
info_outline Episode 107: Long Island Freemasons with Ron Seifried 04/15/2020
Episode 107: Long Island Freemasons with Ron Seifried The Freemasons have been with us since the beginning of our country. And no, they do not have secret repositories of hidden gold. They do have a long history of service, community-building and camaraderie that persists to the present. Today we welcome Ron Seifried to the podcast to explore the history and development of Freemasonry in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
info_outline Episode 106: The Suffolk County News for April 9, 1920 04/10/2020
Episode 106: The Suffolk County News for April 9, 1920 We're continuing our look at the news from 1920. Today, the Suffolk County News from Friday, April 9th. Animosity between Sayville and Patchogue on a number of levels, a case of the mumps going around, and warrior musicians returning to life during peacetime.
info_outline Episode 105: The Suffolk County News for April 2, 1920 04/03/2020
Episode 105: The Suffolk County News for April 2, 1920 We're using our home isolation to look back - reading issues of the Suffolk County News of 1920 week by week. For April 2, 1920: Al Smith, Fatty Arbuckle, and a cow with no tail lights.
info_outline Episode 104: Radium Girls with Erin Elizabeth Becker 03/29/2020
Episode 104: Radium Girls with Erin Elizabeth Becker Today our guest, Erin Elizabeth Becker, recounts the story of her great grandmother, Marion Murdoch O’Hara, who worked for the US Radium Corporation in New York City. Through genealogical and historical research, Erin discovered a powerful and unforgettable member of her family who was tied to a dark chapter of American history.
info_outline Episode 102: Harry Higbie and the Higbies of Higbie Lane 02/09/2020
Episode 102: Harry Higbie and the Higbies of Higbie Lane The LaGrange Inn was a storied stopping point along Montauk Highway from the 1700s when it opened for business with a Higbie at the helm. It remained a local landmark, operating under many different proprietors, into the 21st century.
info_outline Episode 101: Christopher Matthews and Historical Archaeology in Setauket 01/20/2020
Episode 101: Christopher Matthews and Historical Archaeology in Setauket Today we speak with anthropologist Christopher Matthews about his work in Setauket helping the people of a traditionally Native American (the Setalcotts) and African American community uncover more of their past.
info_outline Episode 100: Warren McDowell and How Fire Island Got Its Name 12/18/2019
Episode 100: Warren McDowell and How Fire Island Got Its Name Warren McDowell, former publisher of The Fire Island Tide, has been pondering the mystery of how Fire Island got its name all his life. This burning question has been answered in many ways over the years. Many myths, legends and theories have been proposed but Warren wanted sources. He turned his newspaperman's eye to every old map he could find.
info_outline Episode 99: Pottery on Long Island with Mark Smith 12/13/2019
Episode 99: Pottery on Long Island with Mark Smith Mark Smith, bottle collector extraordinaire last heard on episode #63, returns to reveal his other Long Island history passion: pottery!
info_outline Episode 98: Local Author Theresa Dodaro 12/05/2019
Episode 98: Local Author Theresa Dodaro Theresa Dodaro survived a life-threatening illness, waking from a coma determined to make the most of the time she had been gifted. One of the promises she made to herself: write. Since then, she has published four books and is working on her fifth.
info_outline Episode 97: Jonathan Olly and Prohibition on Long Island 11/13/2019
Episode 97: Jonathan Olly and Prohibition on Long Island Our guest is Jonathan Olly, a curator and public historian from the Long Island Museum. Our topic is Prohibition on Long Island and the long road of protest and activism that led to the passage of the 18th ammendment. Our location: a bar in Patchogue. Produced in conjunction with Bar Crawl Radio.
info_outline Episode 96: Revisiting the Founding Era with Brentwood Library 10/14/2019
Episode 96: Revisiting the Founding Era with Brentwood Library Discussing the Revolution on Long Island at the Brentwood Public LIbrary.
info_outline Remembering Gene Horton 09/02/2019
Remembering Gene Horton We were saddened by the recent news of the passing of Gene Horton, Blue Point historian, former social studies teacher, tour guide, storyteller, friend and colleague. To honor Gene’s memory and his passion for Long Island history, we’re reposting here excerpts from two interviews we conducted with him over the years. One is from 2006 and the other from 2014. Our condolences go out to his family and all those who were lucky enough to know him. Links (find in a library via WorldCat) (complete interview) (Bayport – Blue Point Heritage Association)
info_outline Episode 95: Elaine Kiesling Whitehouse, Writing Stories 08/23/2019
Episode 95: Elaine Kiesling Whitehouse, Writing Stories Elaine Kiesling Whitehouse knows a good story when she sees it, and those stories often come from history. Writing from an early age, she was intrigued by the signs of the past all around her. There was a WWI era German radio transmitting station across the street and the decaying windmill of a former Gilded Age estate down the block. On today's episode, we discuss Elaine's writing history and how she has drawn on Long Island's past for inspiration. Her novel Hart's Tavern, set in Revolutionary War-era Patchogue, sprang from a roadside marker commemorating George Washington's trip through the area in 1790. She also relates the valuable lessons she learned as the editor of the Fire Island Tide as well as the writing career of her husband, Jack Whitehouse. Research (find in a library via WorldCat) (find in a library via WorldCat) (SCN) Audio Footnotes