The 2016 Long Island Room Program Series is underway!  This year's series focuses on Long Island's maritime history and features programs about Long Island's enduring relationship with the sea.


Working the Waters: Long Island's Baymen and Fishermen

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00- 8:30 pm

For centuries Long Island’s baymen and fishermen have made a living by working the waters of the local area.  Depending upon the season, they could harvest a bounty of oysters, clams, eels, fish and wildfowl, which they could then, in turn, sell for a profit.  Learn more about the history and lives of these industrious Long Islanders, as folklorist and Executive Director of Long Island Traditions, Inc., Nancy Solomon discusses the skills and gear they employ as well as the ways in which their trade has changed over time.  To register for this program, click here.


Guiding Lights to Coastal Icons: The Lighthouses of Long Island

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:00- 8:30 pm

Beginning with the construction of Montauk Point Light in 1796, lighthouses have aided vessels navigating Long Island’s waters for more than 200 years. But alongside their utilitarian purpose, the Island’s lighthouses have also become part of American culture.  They inspire artists and writers, attract tourists, and are the subject of historic preservation efforts.  From beacon to coastal icon, join Jonathan Olly, Ph.D. and Assistant Curator at the Long Island Museum as he explores the history of Long Island’s enduring lighthouses.  To register for this program, click here.


An Isle by the Sea: Discovering Long Island's Maritime History

On view through December 2016

For centuries, Long Island's inhabitants have depended upon the bounty of the sea.  From food to transporation, from industry to recreation, the sea has provided Long Islanders with a variety of important resources.  Learn more about Long Island's maritime history through a selection of related documents and objects from the Long Island Room collection.