Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies / NEWS / Feb 13, 2018



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Westhampton Beach Historical Society

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New Maritime Programs
Long Island Traditions & Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Present a series of programs on Long Island’s maritime culture

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Folk Arts Programs with LI Traditions

“On the Water: Maritime Traditions of Long Island”

Long Island Traditions will be partnering with the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum to present a series of programs on Long Island’s maritime culture from the perspectives of those who work and play on our coastal waterways.  Our goal is to teach the next generation of our region’s rich heritage and traditions, and how they have changed over time.

On March 18 the first program will feature hands on activities that reflect our recreational boating and fishing traditions, with 5 traditional artists and recreational fishermen.  They include boat builders Ben Bentley and Edmanuel Roman from Rocking the Boat where they build traditional Hudson River skiffs based on traditional designs, boat builder and model maker Chris Hale of Weeks Boat Yard in Patchogue, award winning decoy carver George Rigby of Center Moriches, and Freeport maritime folk artist Herb Jurist.

On April 8 the focus will shift to those who harvest fish and shellfish on Long Island, on the north and south shores.  Visitors will meet Oyster Bay baymen Bill Fetzer and Fred Menges, Freeport bayman Tom Jefferies and an up and coming bayman Collin Weyant of Freeport, and Patchogue clammer Flo Sharkey. 

The final program on May 17 will feature fishermen who have come close to death.  John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski are the authors of A Speck in the Sea which describes how Aldridge survived in the ocean after falling overboard during one of their fishing trips.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  Also joining in this evening program will be commercial fisherman Captain Tony Sougstad of Freeport, who once survived a powerful Nor’easter near George’s Banks. 

The March and April programs are designed for families with lots of hands on activities children and teenagers.  The May program is appropriate for families and adults.  All events are free with museum admission.  Funding for the programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the NY State legislature and Governor Cuomo.


Suffolk County Historical Society

Awarded $500,000 NYS Grant

Visit: AAQ / Bulletin / Of Note: Suffolk County Historical Society Awarded $500,000 NYS Grant


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Free Info Sessions for Preservation Grants

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