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The Long Island History Project

History • Education

Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.

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Episode 150: Connie Currie and Joe Sikorski and the story of Telefunken

Nov 8 • 37:20

Welcome to our 150th episode! Connie Currie is back to bring us the story of the Telefunken site in West Sayville and how she and a dedicated band of radio enthusiasts tried to save it back in the mid-90s, how they failed, and how out of the ashes the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society (LIRTVHS) was formed....

Episode 149: Karen Rea and the Long Island (Maine) Historical Society

Oct 23 • 28:01

Some may be shocked to find that there are many Long Islands out there, each with its own fascinating history. We've taken up the challenge of finding those who are passionate about their own Long Island and bringing them here. We're starting in Casco Bay, Maine, speaking with Karen Rea, president of the Long Island Historical Society. Rea has family ties to the island goi...

Episode 148: Amanda Fairbanks and the Lost Boys of Montauk

Oct 1 • 32:37

In her first book, The Lost Boys of Montauk, journalist Amanda Fairbanks documents the story of the Wind Blown and the four men who lost their lives aboard it in 1984. Piecing the story together over years of interviews and research, she unraveled a history of close-knit communities, from the working class east end to the wealthy upper east side. She also found a complicat...

Episode 147: Frank Romeo and a Personal History of PTSD

Sep 13 • 57:56

Frank Romeo graduated from Bay Shore High School and enlisted in the US Army during the height of the Vietnam War. Despite fighting in the Tet Offensive and participating in secret missions in Cambodia, he maintains that his problems really started when he returned home....

Episode 146: The Life of Philip Merkle with Bruce Seger

Aug 30 • 38:06

If you were a corrupt or incompetent official in 19th century New York City, Philip Merkle was your worst nightmare: an idealistic German immigrant with subpoena power. As city coroner from 1881-1885, he investigated murders, suicides, and gruesome accidents, seeking to right every wrong and improve every aspect of the system he encountered. He was also a champion for soci...

Episode 145: Agent Orange on Long Island

Aug 15 • 34:16

We finish out your special three-part series on Long Island's Vietnam veterans by looking at a second battle they faced in the years after the war: the effects of Agent Orange. By the late 1970s the effects of this chemical defoliant were becoming known and veterans began to mobilize....

Episode 144: Joe Giannini and the Vietnam War

Jul 26 • 21:00

We continue our conversation with Long Island historian Christopher Verga, discussing his oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans from Long Island....

Episode 143: Jack Parente and the Vietnam War

Jul 10 • 23:42

Born and raised in Oyster Bay, Jack Parente found himself drafted into the Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam from 1968-1970 as a member of a reconnaissance unit of the 1st Calvary Division. Today we hear his story courtesy of Christopher Verga, a Long Island historian who has been interviewing the area's veterans in order to document and preserve a generation of soldiers ...

Episode 142: Elizabeth Letts and The Eighty-Dollar Champion

Jun 28 • 32:59

Elizabeth Letts has a knack for finding good stories and evoking a time and place. In her New York Times bestselling book The Eighty-Dollar Champion, she uncovers the secluded equestrian world of Long Island's North Shore in the 1950s. It's the story of a Dutch immigrant in St. James with a uniquely talented horse and their attempt to rise to the top of a sport reserved fo...

Episode 141: The Life of Marion Hollins

Jun 15 • 29:42

Imagine you were a woman born at the height of the Gilded Age with a passion, not for fashion or society, but for sports. And you grew up riding bareback and driving massive horse-drawn carriages through the narrow streets of Chinatown. Your family's wealth meant you could also sail on the Lusitania and visit Paris every year while you also played on men's polo teams, marc...

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