Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island We are the regional advocate for historic preservation on Long Island. Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization committed to working with Long Islanders to protect, preserve, and celebrate our cultural heritage through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.

Working to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of a shared past, our program areas include: interpreting historic sites; collecting art and material culture pertaining to Long Island history; creating publications and exhibits; and providing direct support and technical assistance to individuals and groups engaged in local preservation efforts.

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The list is out! Preservation Long Island Announces the 2021 List of Endangered Historic Places. Properties in Sag Harbo...
06/01/2021
Endangered Historic Places List 2021 - Preservation Long Island

The list is out! Preservation Long Island Announces the 2021 List of Endangered Historic Places. Properties in Sag Harbor, New York, Port Jefferson, New York, Huntington, New York, Saint James, New York, East Hampton, New York, Southampton, New York and East Hills, New York are included in Long Island’s list of endangered historic places.

#longisland #preservation #endangeredhistoricplaces #historicpreservation #tellthefullstory #advocacy #thisplacematters #africanamericanheritage #landmarking #endangeredplaces #locallandmarks #historiclongisland

Preservation Long Island - Endangered Historic Places List 2021 Endangered Places

A fun art project inspired by Courtney M. Leonard Art! Courtney is a Shinnecock artist whose artwork is featured in the ...
06/01/2021
Make a Pinch Pot Inspired by Courtney Leonard.pdf

A fun art project inspired by Courtney M. Leonard Art! Courtney is a Shinnecock artist whose artwork is featured in the Indigenous History & Art at Good Little Water Place virtual exhibition.

We can’t wait to visit the new Southampton African American Museum located inside the Old Barber Shop in Southampton , N...
05/28/2021
Southampton African American Museum To Open Its Doors Juneteenth Weekend - 27 East

We can’t wait to visit the new Southampton African American Museum located inside the Old Barber Shop in Southampton , New York!

By Michelle Trauring When Brenda Simmons walks through the right hand door of the historic building that sits at 245 North Sea Road in Southampton, she is transported to a different time. She can see the chairs where she would wait to get her hair do

Attention Southamptonites! Please join us for a public hearing at the Southampton Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals TONI...
05/27/2021
Action Alert! Pyrrhus Concer Home Site - Preservation Long Island

Attention Southamptonites! Please join us for a public hearing at the Southampton Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals TONIGHT at 6:00pm (Thursday, May 27) to support the Town of Southampton’s application for variances at the Pyrrhus Concer Home Site (51 Pond Lane, Southampton)!

Eastville Community Historical Society Southampton NY

Preservation Long Island - Action Alert! Pyrrhus Concer Home Site News

“The Shinnecock people have sought for decades to protect an area in the Shinnecock Hills neighborhood of the Hamptons. ...
05/26/2021
Hamptons Land Deal With Shinnecock Tribe Would Preserve Sacred Burial Site

“The Shinnecock people have sought for decades to protect an area in the Shinnecock Hills neighborhood of the Hamptons. It's known as "Sugar Loaf Hill" to the tribe, an ancient burial ground for their people.”

Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation rallied outside Southampton Town Hall in eastern Long Island on Tuesday night to urge the town to approve a deal to

New exhibition at the New-York Historical Society features rarely seen photos of the LGBTQ community enjoying the freedo...
05/24/2021
Before Stonewall, Cherry Grove: How a beach town became a gay 'safe haven'

New exhibition at the New-York Historical Society features rarely seen photos of the LGBTQ community enjoying the freedom offered by Fire Island's Cherry Grove, one of America’s first gay beach towns.

In the summer of 1953, Audrey Hartmann was 23 years old and on vacation with friends in the Cherry Grove section of Fire Island.

“The sculptor, who founded the Whitney Museum, created her own art in studios on Long Island and in Greenwich Village. T...
05/22/2021
The Art-Filled Studios Gertrude Whitney Left Behind

“The sculptor, who founded the Whitney Museum, created her own art in studios on Long Island and in Greenwich Village. The future of both is uncertain.”

The sculptor, who founded the Whitney Museum, created her own art in studios on Long Island and in Greenwich Village. The future of both is uncertain.

Historian's Stories returns tomorrow at 10am! Join us for a new installment of our virtual series that features conversa...
05/20/2021
Historian's Stories:Using Digital Technology to Preserve History - Preservation Long Island

Historian's Stories returns tomorrow at 10am! Join us for a new installment of our virtual series that features conversations with historians from towns and villages across Long Island. Friday's guest is Port Jefferson, New York Village Historian, Chris Ryon. The event is FREE, register today!
#portjefferson #longislandhistory #historicpreservation

Preservation Long Island - Historian's Stories:Using Digital Technology to Preserve History Events

The Center for Brooklyn History's new "Revealing Long Island" website is a treasure trove of objects and historical info...
05/14/2021
Revealing Long Island History - Launched in 2017, Brooklyn Historical Society’s Revealing Long Island History project is one of the most comprehensive collections management and research project ever undertaken at BHS.

The Center for Brooklyn History's new "Revealing Long Island" website is a treasure trove of objects and historical information. Check it out!

Launched in 2017, Brooklyn Historical Society’s Revealing Long Island History project is one of the most comprehensive collections management and research project ever undertaken at BHS.

The Patch is covering Port Jefferson's Archive room at the Village Center. Port Jefferson's Village Historian, Chris Ryo...
05/14/2021
Village Of Port Jefferson: Our History Is ALIVE

The Patch is covering Port Jefferson's Archive room at the Village Center. Port Jefferson's Village Historian, Chris Ryon, will be joining Preservation Long Island to talk about "Using Digital Technology to Preserve History". Join us on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

The Archive room at the Village Center is a very special and unique place in this Village. Located on the second floor of the Village Ce ...

Bexx Caswell-Olson is the director of book conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She shows the pro...
05/07/2021

Bexx Caswell-Olson is the director of book conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She shows the process of restoring a 170-year-old marriage record book. This includes deconstructing the book, washing the pages, mending any tears, and reassembling the book. The book has not been copied or digitized, so it is important to conserve it since it is the only record of this information.

Bexx Caswell-Olson is the director of book conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She shows the process of restoring a 170-year-old marriage record book. This includes deconstructing the book, washing the pages, mending any tears, and reassembling the book. The book has not been copied or digitized, so it is important to conserve it since it is the only record of this information.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello addresses the ongoing challenges of telling the full story of Black women's history throug...
05/06/2021

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello addresses the ongoing challenges of telling the full story of Black women's history through one of the most famous yet little understood figures of American history: "Sally Hemings (1773-1835) is one of the most famous—and least known—African American women in U.S. history. For more than 200 years, her name has been linked to Thomas Jefferson as his “concubine,” obscuring the facts of her life and her identity." #TellTheFullStory

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello addresses the ongoing challenges of telling the full story of Black women's history through one of the most famous yet little understood figures of American history: "Sally Hemings (1773-1835) is one of the most famous—and least known—African American women in U.S. history. For more than 200 years, her name has been linked to Thomas Jefferson as his “concubine,” obscuring the facts of her life and her identity." #TellTheFullStory

Photos from Sylvester Manor Educational Farm's post
05/05/2021

Photos from Sylvester Manor Educational Farm's post

Be sure not to miss this fantastic program with the New York State Museum!
05/03/2021

Be sure not to miss this fantastic program with the New York State Museum!

Tuesday, May 18 at 1pm
Live Presentation and Discussion: The Lives of Enslaved People through the Objects They Left Behind

These stunning blue and white ceramic fragments were discovered during the excavation of an 18th-century house site in Albany, NY, where enslaved people once lived. During this live presentation and panel discussion, NYSM Archaeologist Michael Lucas will explore how artifacts like these can provide insight into the daily life, values, and traditions of enslaved individuals.

After a brief presentation on the archaeology of the site, known as the John Bogart House, Dr. Lucas will be joined by Cordell Reaves, Travis Bowman, Matt Kirk, and Lavada Nahon for a conversation on how we can interpret the lives of enslaved people otherwise absent from the historical record through material culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the program.

This program is free, but registration is required.
Register Today!
https://nyslibrary.libcal.com/event/7640952

May is National Preservation Month! The designation began as National Preservation Week in 1973. The National Trust for ...
05/01/2021
This Preservation Month, Tell the Full American Story | National Trust for Historic Preservation

May is National Preservation Month! The designation began as National Preservation Week in 1973. The National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May in 2005. This year, the National Trust invites individuals "to share a place that helps tell a little-known or underrepresented piece of the American story" using #TellTheFullStory.

Be sure to check in with Preservation Long Island throughout the month on social media and at our website for inspiration from sites of significance on Long Island, historic preservation advocacy resources, and the announcement of our 2021 Endangered Historic Places List later this month.

#tellthefullstory #preservationmonth #longislandhistory #historicpreservation

We’re focusing Preservation Month 2021 on telling the full American story, offering you many ways to discover and save places that reflect our nation’s diverse history. We hope you feel inspired to take action and help us #TellTheFullStory.

On August 4, 1778, Jupiter Hammon penned, "An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatley." More than four decades Wheatley’s senio...
04/30/2021

On August 4, 1778, Jupiter Hammon penned, "An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatley." More than four decades Wheatley’s senior, Hammon acts as a mentor and gently argues against her preoccupation with worldly matters over spiritual salvation.

Follow the link to learn more about Hammon and Wheatley in our blog post, "Writing Revolution: Jupiter Hammon’s Address to Phillis Wheatley”: https://buff.ly/32xVi3n

#poetrymonth #jupiterhammon #philliswheatley

On August 4, 1778, Jupiter Hammon penned, "An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatley." More than four decades Wheatley’s senior, Hammon acts as a mentor and gently argues against her preoccupation with worldly matters over spiritual salvation.

Follow the link to learn more about Hammon and Wheatley in our blog post, "Writing Revolution: Jupiter Hammon’s Address to Phillis Wheatley”: https://buff.ly/32xVi3n

#poetrymonth #jupiterhammon #philliswheatley

TODAY at 12pm! Huntington Historical Society virtual event: "The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon". Guests Lauren Brinc...
04/29/2021
April 29 Virtual Lunch & Learn 2021

TODAY at 12pm! Huntington Historical Society virtual event: "The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon". Guests Lauren Brincat and Darren St. George from Preservation Long Island, will discuss the life and work of one of the first published African American authors who was born into slavery on Long Island. Register now! (Suggested donation $10.00)

#longislandhistory #blackliterature #huntington #18thcentury #blackhistory

Check out April 29 Virtual Lunch & Learn 2021 by Huntington Historical Society!

Olivia Ward Bush-Banks' poem, “A Picture”, originally appeared in The Colored American Magazine volume 1, No. 2, in June...
04/28/2021

Olivia Ward Bush-Banks' poem, “A Picture”, originally appeared in The Colored American Magazine volume 1, No. 2, in June of 1900. Beginning in a place of "dark" and "gloom", Bush-Banks finds hope in the painting's honest portrayal of life's troubles. Perchance someday, the sea can be repainted when "Life’s sun / Shines clear upon Prosperity." #poetrymonth #OliviaWardBush-Banks #lifesmystery

Olivia Ward Bush-Banks' poem, “A Picture”, originally appeared in The Colored American Magazine volume 1, No. 2, in June of 1900. Beginning in a place of "dark" and "gloom", Bush-Banks finds hope in the painting's honest portrayal of life's troubles. Perchance someday, the sea can be repainted when "Life’s sun / Shines clear upon Prosperity." #poetrymonth #OliviaWardBush-Banks #lifesmystery

Join us and the Huntington Historical Society this Thursday!
04/27/2021

Join us and the Huntington Historical Society this Thursday!

It's National Poetry Month! Did you know the first published African American poet was born in Huntington?

Born into slavery on Lloyd Neck, Jupiter Hammon was the first published African American poet in North America. Join Preservation Long Island's Curator, Lauren Brincat, and Education and Public Programs Director, Darren St. George, to learn more about Hammon's remarkable life and work during our Virtual Lunch & Learn: The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon

Click for more information and to register:
https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/lunch-and-learn.html

#jupiterhammon #longislandhistory

Free virtual Huntington Historical Society event this Thursday: "The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon". Guests Lauren B...
04/27/2021
April 29 Virtual Lunch & Learn 2021

Free virtual Huntington Historical Society event this Thursday: "The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon". Guests Lauren Brincat and Darren St. George from Preservation Long Island, will discuss the life and work of one of the first published African American authors who was born into slavery on Long Island. Register today!

Check out April 29 Virtual Lunch & Learn 2021 by Huntington Historical Society!

04/27/2021

A wonderful educational resource supporting "Resilient, Together"! #ResilientTogether

It's that time again! A new slate of fascinating New York City history course are being offered by the Gotham Center nex...
04/26/2021
GothamEd — The Gotham Center for New York City History

It's that time again! A new slate of fascinating New York City history course are being offered by the Gotham Center next month! Preservation Long Island friends and followers receive a 10% discount. Use code "PRESLI" when you register! 📓

⭐️New York City's American Revolution with Christopher F. Minty
⭐️Immigrant New York, Victorian America with Robert Chiles
⭐️Sister Strikers: NYC Women, Labor, and the Making of Early 20th-century US Culture with Lucy Levine
⭐️Picturing the City: New York on Canvas, Paper, and Film with Ágnes Berecz
⭐️Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses with Stephen Petrus
⭐️New York, City of Bird and Trees with Leslie Day

GothamEd presents online courses in New York City history, designed to serve a range of backgrounds and purposes — from those who are generally interested and looking for a compact introduction, to avid buffs in search of a much deeper dive.

"America," written by Walt Whitman, first appeared in the New York Herald on February 11, 1888. These words reflect Whit...
04/23/2021

"America," written by Walt Whitman, first appeared in the New York Herald on February 11, 1888. These words reflect Whitman's confidence in the future of American democracy. This may also be the only poem Whitman ever recorded. In 1890 Whitman recorded himself reading the first four lines of the poem on a phonograph cylinder.

#poetrymonth #waltwhitman #america

"America," written by Walt Whitman, first appeared in the New York Herald on February 11, 1888. These words reflect Whitman's confidence in the future of American democracy. This may also be the only poem Whitman ever recorded. In 1890 Whitman recorded himself reading the first four lines of the poem on a phonograph cylinder.

#poetrymonth #waltwhitman #america

"The greenest building is the one already built." Check out #greenstories from National Trust for Historic Preservation!...
04/22/2021
Preservation + Sustainability | National Trust for Historic Preservation

"The greenest building is the one already built." Check out #greenstories from National Trust for Historic Preservation!

#EarthDay #historicpreservation

These stories explore the greener side of preservation and show how history, sustainability, and economic vitality can all go hand in hand.

"The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon (1711–ca.1806)" will be the topic of the next Huntington Historical Society Virtu...
04/20/2021
April 29 Virtual Lunch & Learn 2021

"The Life and Legacy of Jupiter Hammon (1711–ca.1806)" will be the topic of the next Huntington Historical Society Virtual Lunch and Learn Event on April 29th at 12pm! Preservation Long Island's Curator, Lauren Brincat, and Education and Public Programs Director, Darren St. George, will discuss the remarkable life and work of one of the first published African American authors who was born into slavery in Lloyd Harbor, New York. While enslaved at Joseph Lloyd House, Hammon wrote powerfully about the social and moral conflicts slavery raised in the newly formed United States. Follow link below to register today!

#jupiterhammon #longislandhistory

Check out April 29 Virtual Lunch & Learn 2021 by Huntington Historical Society!

Emma Lazarus, a descendant of Jewish immigrants, was born in NYC on July 22,1849. Lazarus began publishing poems in the ...
04/19/2021

Emma Lazarus, a descendant of Jewish immigrants, was born in NYC on July 22,1849. Lazarus began publishing poems in the 1860s and her work attracted the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who became her friend and mentor. In her later years she wrote bold, powerful poetry and essays protesting the rise of antisemitism and arguing for immigrants' rights. Written in 1883, her celebrated poem, "The New Colossus," is engraved on a plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. She died in New York City on November 19, 1887 and was buried at the Beth Olom Cemetery in Ridgewood Queens. This excerpt is from her poem “Long Island Sound.”

#nationalpoetrymonth #longislandsound #womenpoets #emmalazarus

Emma Lazarus, a descendant of Jewish immigrants, was born in NYC on July 22,1849. Lazarus began publishing poems in the 1860s and her work attracted the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who became her friend and mentor. In her later years she wrote bold, powerful poetry and essays protesting the rise of antisemitism and arguing for immigrants' rights. Written in 1883, her celebrated poem, "The New Colossus," is engraved on a plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. She died in New York City on November 19, 1887 and was buried at the Beth Olom Cemetery in Ridgewood Queens. This excerpt is from her poem “Long Island Sound.”

#nationalpoetrymonth #longislandsound #womenpoets #emmalazarus

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1701 Marion Carll Farm Cammack, still very much in peril as the farmhouse continues to decay, wirh the historic grounds being destroyed. Are there any concerned Preservationists out there? Revolutionary soldiers camped in its very barns.
Please join us for this wonderful program on Bay House owners and Waterfowlers at the Oyster Bay Historical Society on Sunday, 10/13 at 1 pm!
Hi, how can I find out more about the Roslyn Grist Mill? I've seen it called the Robeson-Williams Grist Mill but I haven't seen any explanation for that name. Dates for when it may have been built seem to range from 1715 to 1760 but I have an ancestor (John Robeson in the records) who was granted rights by the town of Hempstead to build a mill at the head of the harbor in 1698 and that was reconfirmed in 1701 and the mill was supposedly built shortly thereafter. Do you know if there's any record of the mill my ancestor may have built or why the Roslyn mill is also known by Robeson?
SAVE HISTORIC MARION CARLL FARM COMMACK EST. 1701
Of course!
Three cheers to the Brentwood Historical Society for work to preserve the community's wonderful Modern Times Schoolhouse!
The Town of Smithtown lost a treasure last night. The Mansion at Ebo Hill, which withstood hurricanes, super storms and nor easters and was undergoing renovation by the new owner has come to a firey end. A devastating loss for our community.
Terry Walton