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A podcast interview show exploring the lives and history of people on Long Island. Featuring Connie Currie of the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society and Chris Kretz, Dowling College librarian.

The Long Island History Project Chris Kretz

    • Society & Culture

A podcast interview show exploring the lives and history of people on Long Island. Featuring Connie Currie of the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society and Chris Kretz, Dowling College librarian.

    Episode 102: Harry Higbie and the Higbies of Higbie Lane

    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. 

    Today, Harry Higbie (a direct descendant of the original owners), takes us through the history of the property, his family research, and the present state of the LaGrange. 

    • 29 min
    Episode 101: Christopher Matthews and Historical Archaeology in Setauket

    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.

    • 44 min
    Episode 100: Warren McDowell and How Fire Island Got Its Name

    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.

    • 57 min
    Episode 99: Pottery on Long Island with Mark Smith

    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!

    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 Smithtown'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. 

    • 37 min
    Episode 98: Local Author Theresa Dodaro

    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.

    • 48 min
    Episode 97: Jonathan Olly and Prohibition on Long Island

    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.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

DIckcountryside ,

Not lazy

Happy 100 podcast. Warren McDowell obviously loves Connie. Connie and warren should be a great couple. 😊

Cdecrist ,

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!!

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