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Erie Canal Program
April 30, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY

“Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal,” tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal, while creatively meditating on economic cycles and the American Dream. The film examines the impact of this economic expansion and decline on the lives of workers in steel, grain, textiles, and shipping. Produced and directed by Paul Wagner and Steve Zeitlin in partnership with Daniel Franklin Ward, Boom & Bust asks the overarching question, in the wake of economic collapse, can the people of America’s cities find meaning and worth? A panel discussion will follow, featuring producers and folklorists Steve Zeitlin and Dan Ward, and Steve Wunder, a retired canal barge boat captain.



Maritime Folk Arts of Long Island and the Hudson River
May 6, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY

There are many shared maritime traditions of Long Island and the Hudson River, when the region was dominated by water-based transportation. In this program, we will explore boat building and songs of work and play. Participants will include boat builder and model maker Chris Hale, who work at Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue and is a master half-model builder of traditional boats from Long Island and the Hudson River. Rocking the Boat, a volunteer youth program based in the Bronx, will demonstrate traditional boat building skills common in Hudson River work boats. Folksong singers Stephen Sanfilippo and Stuart Markus will perform traditional nautical songs common in the region. The program is free and suitable for families and children.



“From Shore to Shore” Exhibit

“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester” has finished its run at the Port Jefferson Village Center. This interpretive exhibit examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards.

The exhibit is available for rental to area museums, libraries, and cultural institutions. Inquiries about the exhibit should be sent to info@longislandtraditions.org or by calling (516) 767-8803. The full exhibit consists of 36 framed panels measuring 36" x 38", a historic timeline measuring 15 feet x 3 feet, and an iPad with installed videos. The exhibit can be subdivided according to region, type of boat builders, and types of boatyards.





 

 

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