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Long Island Traditional Architecture 1600-1870:
A Teacher Resource Guide

This 200-page Social Studies curriculum guide in a cd-rom format explores the history and traditional architecture of Long Island from the first native settlers, its European colonists and the enslaved Africans who have lived on Long Island. The publication has historical and architectural essays, primary documents, examples of classroom projects and ready-to-use materials including document based questions created by teachers and students, photographs and architectural drawings. There are also bibliographies of internet and published resources and suggestions for historic site visits appropriate for grades 7 and higher. Subjects examined include:

  1. Researching traditional and vernacular architecture
  2. Framing methods, windows and door designs
  3. Native American architecture
  4. African American slave and freedmen housing
  5. English and Dutch farm and barn design
  6. Home-based and general stores
  7. Windmills and grist mills
  8. Places of worship

Funding for this publication was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY State Council on the Arts and the Gilder Foundation.

$10 including shipping and handling.

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On The Bay
2nd Edition is now available!

The marshlands of Long Island’s south shore are dotted with an ever-dwindling collection of unique, weather beaten bay houses that generations of baymen have used as base camps for clamming, fishing and hunting. These "shacks" are living artifacts, enduring reminders of the region’s maritime history.

In On the Bay, folklorist Nancy Solomon documented the traditional lifestyle of present-day bay house dwellers, whose families have harvested these waters for more than three centuries, through historic and contemporary photographs, architectural drawings and first person narratives.

This 2nd edition of On The Bay documents the traditions of those who first built the modest houses, and contains historic and contemporary photographs by noted photographer Martha Cooper (www.kodakgirl.com and www.nycitysnaps.com). It also includes a new preface and introduction, along with some updated photographs.

Prices for On The Bay, include standard shipping and handling. Delivery time is 2 weeks.

1 copy: $19 non-members/$15 members
2 copies: $38/$30
3 copies: $52/45
4 copies: $70/60
For larger quantities, call 516-767-8803 for pricing information.

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You can also purchase On The Bay at the Sea Horse Gift Shop, 165 Woodcleft Ave. in Freeport; and online at Amazon.

 West Meadow Beach


West Meadow Beach

The cottages of West Meadow Beach in Setauket-Stony Brook harbor were the oldest and largest summer bungalow community left on Long Island. Beginning in 1917, city and local residents built simple, traditionally-designed bungalows that were passed down from generation to generation.

The cottages were demolished in fall 2004 under a state law. The focus of community battles, their fate was uncertain as preservationists tried to save this unique community. In West Meadow Beach, folklorist Nancy Solomon documents the traditional lifestyle and architecture of the cottage residents through historic and contemporary photographs, architectural drawings, and first person narratives. The cottages were enduring reminders of Long Island’s fame as a summer vacation place.

This popular book is now out of print. If you would like to print out the book in a PDF format, the cost is $10. 

$10 (PDF will be sent via dropbox or google drive) or on a cd


Jones Beach 2000


Jones Beach: An American Riviera

Jones Beach: An American Riviera, produced by filmmaker George Pozderec, explores the creation of a New York landmark by famed builder, Robert Moses. Conceived during the roaring twenties, Jones Beach was a revolutionary concept: an ocean playground for the urban masses. Centered around the beauty of nature, the park would have none of the commercial attractions of Coney Island. It was built against tremendous opposition from the wealthy and privileged, and when it opened in 1929, it was the engineering feat of its time. The film chronicles the park’s history from its origin to its position today as one of the most popular summer destinations in the country. Featuring rare newsreels and little seen photographs, the documentary includes accounts from celebrities reflecting upon their childhood memories of the beach, while historians detail the transformation of an isolated island into a “people’s palace” by the sea. Broadcast on public television, the film was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Program. The DVD contains over sixty minutes of Special Features including: extended interviews with historian Robert Caro, author Nelson DeMille, writer Ed Lowe, architect critic Paul Goldberger, actor Daniel Baldwin, and lifeguard Reggie Jones; a 1950s travelogue movie highlighting many New York parks; and a slide show containing digitally enhanced photos of Jones Beach throughout the decades.

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Boatmen Clamming


Filmmaker Glenn Gebhard and Long Island Traditions have produced Baymen, a documentary on the south shore baymen of Long Island. Featured in the film are Flo Sharkey, John Buczak, Tom Kuehas and other crabbers, clammers, and killey trappers. This 1-hour video explores the history and contemporary hardships faced by baymen, and their future on Long Island.

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A Farm Picture


A Farm Picture

Documentary filmmakers Glenn Gebhard and Mario Congreve, along with Frank Turano of SUNY @ Stony Brook have completed "A Farm Picture," a documentary that examines the history and current status of the region’s family and commercial farms, beginning in the pre-settlement periods of 1640 up to the present day, as farms vanish from the Long Island landscape. This is Gebhard’s 2nd film in a series on endangered occupations on Long Island. Long Island farms are at a critical juncture. Faced with historical development pressures that began after World War II, many families eagerly sell their land to real estate developers. Others struggle to preserve their family and occupational heritage. In order to address this complex negotiation Gebhard examines the lives of 6 farmers from Nassau and Suffolk County. They include Liz Grossmann of Grossmann’s farm in Malverne, Fred Terry of Orient who participates in New York City’s Greenmarkets program, Dick Hendrickson of Bridgehampton, a retired poultry and dairy farmer, potato farmer Marilee Foster of Sagaponack, vegetable farmer Phil Schmit of Rosedale, Farmingdale and Riverhead, and Lyle Wells of Aquebogue, an 11th generation farmer. Using historical footage, paintings by William Sydney Mount, photographs from the Hal Fullerton collection contemporary and interviews, Gebhard asks us to consider the future of Long Island’s farmers and how we can preserve this occupation.

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