10/17/14 12:00pm

 

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | The front of Black Cat Books on North Ferry Road.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | The front of Black Cat Books on North Ferry Road.

 

Do you love secondhand bookstores, but hate that most of them look like a bomb went off a few minutes before you arrived?

And you look forward to happily killing time browsing in the stacks, but begin choking immediately on the dust of the ages floating in the air?

Then head for Black Cat Books, where the air is fresh, the shelves and stacks organized and it’s filled with light. (more…)

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10/07/14 12:00pm
KATERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | An artifact from when Shelter Island was a key player in the industry of the east coast.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | An artifact from a time when Shelter Island was a key player in the shell fish industry of the East Coast.

What do oysters have to do with history?

Everything — if you’re talking about the East End of Long Island. (more…)

08/15/14 12:00pm
MIKE RUSSO PHOTO| Shelter Island Pilot's Association member Jim Pugh at the dedication of a new sign at Klenawicus Field Wednesday.

MIKE RUSSO PHOTO| Shelter Island Pilot’s Association member Jim Pugh, left, at the dedication of a new sign at Klenawicus Field Wednesday.

Wednesday the Klenawicus family, friends, pilots, Supervisor Dougherty and members of the Shelter Island Historical Society, partnered with the Shelter Island Pilot’s Association to create a a new marker of historical events that have occurred at Klenawicus Field. (more…)

08/11/14 12:02pm
Patricia Yourdan, left and Pat Shillingburg transcribing one of the last letters in a batch of more than 700 written from the 1740s to the 1820s.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Patricia Yourdan, left and Pat Shillingburg transcribing one of the last letters in a batch of more than 700 written from the 1740s to the 1820s.

A team of enthusiastic amateur historians, led by Patricia Shillingburg, spent much of the summer transcribing a treasure-trove of 762 letters written by and to Thomas Dering and his children between the 1740s and the 1820s. Here, Patricia Yourdan and Pat are transcribing one of the last letters. At a reception hosted by Pat and Ed Shillingburg on August 3, Pat presented Phyllis Wallace, archivist for the Shelter Island Historical Society, with a thumb drive containing the complete transcript of the letters, making them accessible to scholars and researchers.