12/31/17 3:00pm
The Horsford Girls ca. 1872. Clockwise from top left: Mary, Kate, Gertrude, Cornelia, Lilian Horsford, taken in Cambridge Mass.

COURTESY PHOTO The Horsford Girls ca. 1872. Clockwise from top left: Mary, Kate, Gertrude, Cornelia, Lilian Horsford, taken in Cambridge Mass.

Stories abound at the manor of visible — and not-so-visible — female residents.

The voices of women are easily lost to history. Deeds, lawsuits and business interests are the documents of men and what are most often found in archives when one is doing historical research. (more…)

12/01/17 4:30pm
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Shelter Island takes care of its own. These Island groups represent all age groups and address a range of community programs and services, supported largely by volunteer efforts and donations. In addition, each of the Island’s churches provides outreach programs. During this season, please consider helping out or lending a hand — and let us know if we have inadvertently omitted any group.
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11/30/17 4:30pm
DONNAMARIE BARNES PHOTO | Sylvester Manor house.

DONNAMARIE BARNES PHOTO | Sylvester Manor house.

Sylvester Manor’s history as a colonial era plantation dating back to 1651 is well-known by residents of Shelter Island.

But beyond New York State, for people involved in the study and research of the history of U.S. slavery, the notion of a 17th-century northern slave plantation is surprising and unexpected. Perhaps what’s even more surprising for many is the open and honest way in which the role of enslaved peoples at Sylvester Manor is recognized and acknowledged. (more…)

11/23/17 8:00am
sophie flax PHOTO A wild turkey in Noyac’s Morton Wildlife Preserve as photographed by the author’s daughter, an avowed vegetarian who will not be eating his (or her) brethren this Thursday.

SOPHIE FLAX PHOTO A wild turkey in Noyac’s Morton Wildlife Preserve as photographed by the author’s daughter, an avowed vegetarian who will not be eating his (or her) brethren this Thursday.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, some folks are known for their perfectly cooked turkey, while others excel in the pie-making department. Me? I shine in an entirely different arena — as queen of the nontraditional Thanksgiving. (more…)