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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.

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

December 3: Curator’s Gallery Tour 2 p.m.
(see details below)

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

In Harm’s Way Curator Gallery Tour
Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m.
Long Island Museum

Nancy Solomon, Director of Long Island Traditions and Curator of the In Harm’s Way exhibition at LIM will lead a guided tour of In Harm’s Way at the Long Island Museum on December 3. Visitors will remember Superstorm Sandy and other historic storms that have affected our region in this fascinating exhibition exploring hurricanes and how communities prepare for natural disasters and rebuild after the storm.

In this tour, Solomon will discuss how folklorists grappled with documenting Superstorm Sandy, while families and waterfront owners, baymen and boat yard owners were trying to recover from the tragic events of October 29th, 2012. She’ll also examine what work remains in going forward, based on conversations with architects, planners, and other community members. Admission is free to visitors and guests on this day. For more information call (631) 751-0066.

Celebrating Indian Traditions with Sejal Kukadia and the Taalim School of Indian Music
Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m
East Meadow Public Library

We invite you to experience the colors of India here on Long Island! Join us as we celebrate the beautiful music, dance, and culture of North India. Presented by Sejal Kukadia, of the Taalim School of Indian Music, the event will feature a classical kathak dance performance by Reshmi Nair, a tabla (percussion) performance by the Taalim School of Indian Music, an energetic folk dance called “garba,” mehndhi hand designs, and more. Reservations are accepted beginning November 30. Call the library at 516-794-2570.
Admission is free.

“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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