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Journalist Karl Grossman will give a presentation on Gardiners Island on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead.
Journalist discusses ‘time capsule’
For residents of Shelter Island, who regard Gardiners Island as a distant, somewhat mysterious cousin, there can be few guides as well-acquainted with this 3,300-acre jewel as Karl Grossman, a journalist who first ventured there almost 50 years ago. Mr. Grossman, who has covered Long Island for more than four decades, writes the Suffolk Closeup column that appears weekly in the Reporter. He first met Robert David Lion Gardiner, the self-described “16th Lord of the Manor,” when he covered a large campout of Boy Scouts hosted by Mr. Gardiner in 1971.
On a cold day in January 1980, at a public hearing in Riverhead to discuss the future of the Peconic Bay estuary and the proposed preservation of Robins Island, a tall, white-haired man with a patrician air about him walked to the podium.
His name was John Wickham. He wanted to talk history, his family’s history.
His was a story nearly two centuries old, but relevant to the matter under discussion. On this day, the past intruded into the present. (more…)
NICOLE SMITH PHOTO Interior of the Suffolk County Historical Society.
“Civil Rights on Long Island” is a new book by Christopher Verga. And, kicking off his January 21 presentation at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead, Mr. Verga said he “chose the project” because it involves something that has “fallen through the cracks.” (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO Mattituck-Laurel Library director Jeff Walden looks over the many donated files.
In the margins of hundreds of pages filed in binders, Greenport native Bill Hulse took copious notes and tucked them away in boxes of old family photos, newspaper clippings and cemetery maps.
Next to records of each wedding celebration, every obituary and on all the birth announcements, Mr. Hulse recorded numbers.
Those numbers were linked to the database he built up over decades documenting more than 60,000 descendants of the founding families of the North Fork. Each number represented an entry in the catalogue, which traced the history of the North and South forks and Shelter Island, fanning out from the first Hulses, Raynors, Hallocks, Youngs and Hawkinses. (more…)
NICOLE SMITH PHOTO Suffolk County Historical Society unveils 10 Towns exhibit
The late 1800s featured a lot of change for the country — President James A. Garfield was assassinated, skyscrapers rose throughout cities, electric lighting became more prominent, the Great Blizzard immobilized the East Coast and Coca-Cola was created. (more…)