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“In Harm’s Way” Exhibit
October 6–December 31, 2017, LI Museum in Stony Brook

Storms and hurricanes have a long history in upstate New York and Long Island, beginning with the September 1938 “Long Island Express” hurricane. “In Harm’s Way” will explore how local residents and government agencies prepare and recover from natural disasters, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricanes Lee and Irene through stories, photographs, objects, and architectural models.

The exhibit examines how individuals and families prepare for severe weather events, how communities protect their coastlines, and how these actions have changed over time. Examples of these actions will include the use of snow fencing to stabilize beaches, home elevations after recent storms including Superstorm Sandy, the creation of sea walls and storm barriers, and the creation of emergency kits to suit specific needs within a family.

Public Programs:

October 6: Exhibit Opening Day

October 28: Symposium 9:45 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
(see details below)

November 12: Learning from our Neighbors 2 p.m.

December 3: Curator’s Gallery Tour 2 p.m.

For information, please visit the LI Museum web site or call (631) 751-0066.

SYMPOSIUM: In Harm’s Way: Past, Present & Future
October 28, 9:45 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gillespie Meeting Room, Carriage Museum, The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY

On the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, join us for a symposium that explores what we have learned about storm preparation, recovery, and moving forward. The day will include dialogue and shared experiences from local residents, planners and architects, folklorists, and historians. We will share stories and memories of earlier storms, Superstorm Sandy, Irene, and Lee, and have in-depth discussions about what the future holds for coastal residents.


9:45 a.m.Registration
10:15 a.m.Opening Comments
10:30 a.m.Panel Discussion: Looking Backwards
Keynote: Jonathan Bergman, Assistant Professor of History, Texas A & M University

John Jiler, author of Dark Wind
Tom Doheny, Town of Hempstead Commissioner
      of Conservation and Waterways
Chip Duryea, Montauk resident
Christopher Kretz, Stony Brook University,
Joshua Ruff, Director of Collections &
      Interpretation, Long Island Museum
Nancy Solomon, Director of Long Island
      Traditions, Curator of In Harm’s Way

12:00 p.m.Break for lunch
Opportunity to view exhibition, In Harm’s Way

1:30 p.m.Panel Discussion: Superstorm Sandy
Keynote: Pieter Roos, Founder, Keeping History Above Water

Joe Pignataro, Freeport architect
Anthony Rector, Long Beach contractor
Mike Sartoretti, Great South Bay Amateur
     Radio Club
Alison Muller, Bay house owner and
     Freeport resident
Jen and Steven Meschkow, Long Beach
Nancy Solomon, Director of Long Island
      Traditions, Curator of In Harm’s Way

3:00 p.m.Panel Discussion: Looking Forward
Keynote: Rob Cody, Professor of Architecture,
     New York Institute of Technology

Joe Gallinaro, Long Beach architect
Alison Muller, Bay house owner
      and Freeport resident
Al Grover, Freeport resident
Joe Pignataro, Freeport architect
Tom Doheny, Town of Hempstead Commissioner
     of Conservation and Waterways
Nancy Solomon, Director of Long Island
      Traditions, Curator of In Harm’s Way

4:00 p.m.Q&A for all speakers


Online Registration Fee: $13 per person; $11 for students, seniors and Museum/LI Traditions members

Includes symposium and admission to the museum

Optional additional lunch fee: $10
(Lunch is also available at off-site at area eateries)

To register, please pay online below or fill out the registration form and send to:

The Long Island Museum
Attn: Beth Chiarelli, Assistant Director of Education
1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790

Choose option of registration only or registration + lunch from pull-down menus.

REGISTRATION: Museum& LI Traditions Members/Students/Seniors


“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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