Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.
Episode 139: Restoring Thornhill's Pharmacy with Matthew La Piana
Thornhill's Pharmacy has overlooked the center of Sayville from the corner of Main Street and Gillette Avenue for over a century. This is actually the second location of Sewell Thornhill's establishment, opened in 1918. When architect Matthew La Piana and his wife were looking for an old building to restore and occupy, something about this thin slice of wood and stucco on its odd corner lot caught their eye.
On today's episode, recorded over Zoom, Matthew describes the restoration journey - the discoveries in the attic, the problems under the many layers of flooring, and the decisions he made while bringing the building back to life. That includes the iconic neon sign that La Piana restored to its former glory.
Matthew La Piana The Dig with Elle McLogan The Buffalo History Museum Podcast Audio Footnote Episode 49 on Sayville architect Isaac Green
Long Island Migrant Labor Camps
Mark Torres has uncovered a little-discussed chapter of Long Island history, the conditions under which many migrant farm workers labored on area farms from World War II into the early 1970s.
His new book from the History Press details the social, economic, and historical factors that led to Long Island’s migrant labor camps being the focus of much attention in their day. These camps, created out of everything from old mansions to chicken coops, housed migrant workers from the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and the South while operating under a system that often exploited and endangered the workers and their families.
Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood (History Press) Mark Torres What Harvest for the Reaper? (American Archive of Public Broadcasting) Cutchogue migrant housing from Harvest of Shame (1960)
David M. Griffin and British Revolutionary War Forts on Long Island
Since moving to New York from his native Canada, David Griffin has made it his mission to find and document the Revolutionary War-era forts that the British used to help control the length and breadth of the Island. Using primary sources including maps and letters , as well as his knowledge of architecture and British fortification techniques, he has uncovered many locations that are virtually undetectable in today’s modern landscape.
Lost British Forts of Long Island David Griffin Author Page – Journal of the American Revolution The Geometry of War: Fortification Plans from 18th-Century America The Lamar Institute Report – The Struggle for Long Island : Expanding Revolutionary War Studies in New York. Audio Footnotes Episode 71: Washington’s Spy Letters Episode 48: Richard Floyd, Long Island Loyalist Episode 10: The Truth Behind the Spies: Decoding AMC’s Turn
Joysetta Pearse and the African American Museum of Nassau County
Joysetta Pearse, director of the African American Museum of Nassau County, joins us to discuss the mission and operations of the museum. She shares a number of inspiring stories, many on display at the musuem, from the outstanding Jennings family of 19th century New York to pre-teen millionaire Sarah Rector to the children of Birmingham who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
African American Museum of Nassau County Jennings vs. Third Ave. Railroad incident Mighty Times: The Children’s March Sarah Rector
The Glacier That Made Long Island
A wall of ice dominated the landscape of Long Island thousands of years ago. During the Pleistocene Epoch, a large mass called the Laurentide ice sheet stretched across most of modern-day Canada and the northern United States. The melting of that glacier marked the birth of the island, with the geography from Brooklyn to Montauk taking shape under intense natural pressure.
Miranda Maliszka and Anthony Johnson, students at Hofstra University, join us today to discuss their research into this time period. Their Digital Elevation Model helped them study the factors effecting the melting of the glaicer and the surrounding area. We also look at the outstanding features that the glacier left behind.
Plus: a bonus Valentine's Day message!
An Approach to Understanding the Landscape Exposure Rate for the Post-Wisconsin Late Stage Glaical Melting on Long Island, New York using a Glacial Withdrawal Simulation by Miranda Maliszka, Anthony Johnson, Denis Darnaud and Antonios Marsellos 27th Conference on Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York Ancient Climate Events: Pleistocene Glaciation
Brentwood and Local Media
We've got two segments for you today. The first is a conversation recorded online through the Brentwood Public Library during a podcast demonstration last year. Our participants recall some childhood memories of summer attractions on Long Island (so many drive-ins!).
Next, Ithaca College journalism major Antonio Ferme sits down with us to discuss local media, local history, and local journalism. Can these three work together? If so, how?
Brentwood Stories podcast Nunley's Carousel Antonio Ferme WICB Ithaca Ithaca Now podcast
Happy 100 podcast. Warren McDowell obviously loves Connie. Connie and warren should be a great couple. 😊
Excellent podcast about Long Island History
Me. Kretz and Ms. Currie do a wonderful job of interviewing people who are either curate or have first hand knowledge of the history of Long Island. Their tireless work digitizes the stories of where Long Island and it’s people have come from, its rich history and is pioneering the citation of those stories in the podcasting format. If you are interested in or care about Long Island, give this podcast a listen!!