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Waterfront Heroes Exhibit and Programs
June 28 – September 2, 2019
Waterfront Barge
290 Conover St., Brooklyn

Long Island Traditions, City Lore, and folklorists Naomi Sturm and Dan Ward have created a travelling exhibit and programs that explore the living cultural traditions of Long Island and New York City’s waterfront heritage. The Waterfront Heroes exhibit will be on view at the Waterfront Barge Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from June 28 – September 2, 2019.

The exhibit features contemporary and historic photographs and personal narratives centered on a wide variety of tradition bearers, painters, and those seeking to preserve maritime culture and traditions in their communities. They include the South Shore Bay House Owners Association, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association, and the South Shore Waterfowlers Association. Representing New York City and Staten Island will be Rocking the Boat, the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, and David Sharps and the Waterfront Barge Museum, among others.

On Sunday, August 24, join us for a special day in recognition of the Waterfront Heroes. The program begins at 3 p.m. For more information, visit City Lore.

In September, the exhibit will go to the Oyster Bay Historical Society. A reception will be held on Sunday, September 15. Public programs will take place on October 6, 13, and November 3. Stay tuned for details.

Bay House Tours 2019
July 21 and August 4

The bay house tours are filled. If you would like to be on our waiting list, send us an email.

On Sundays, July 21 and August 4, Long Island Traditions will sponsor its annual Bay House Tours in the Town of Hempstead. Departure times are 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the last reminders of Long Island’s nautical past that are still used today by the area’s baymen. Many bay houses were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, but many have been rebuilt and repaired.

Participants must be able to climb ladders and feel comfortable in a work environment. The July 21 tour will leave from Freeport and the August 4 tour departs from Long Beach, for the 1-1/2-hour trips to the bay houses. Due to safety concerns, space is limited to 12 people per trip, ages 10 and up. Long Island Traditions members can register beginning May 13. To join Long Island Traditions, click here. All others can register beginning June 3. The ticket limit is 2/per person. For reservations, call LI Traditions at (516) 767-8803 to confirm availability. No children under 10 are permitted. Rain and construction problems may cancel the event.

Tickets for the bay house tours are $50/adult, $90/couple, with a $5 discount for LI Traditions members.

The tour will be led by LI Traditions Director Nancy Solomon. Those on board will be treated to a brief history of the bay houses, the first of which were built in the 1700s. Bay houses were traditionally used by fishermen who harvested clams, oysters, crabs, and other species from local waters. The surviving houses date from the period between 1870 and 1950. Each tour will visit two bay houses. The boat will then proceed to other nearby bay houses.

Telephone reservations are required! The tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking or climbing into small boats, or climbing ladders. For more information, call Long Island Traditions on May 13 for LI Traditions members only at 516-767-8803. Please call or e-mail first to confirm availability.

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

Did you miss the exhibit? You can still the see the videos on our YouTube channel. Thank you again to all those who came to the exhibit and let’s hope we don’t have another Sandy in our lifetime.

“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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