Long Island Traditions uses oral interviews, photography, participant
observation, historical research and artifact analysis to document cultural
traditions passed down within families and communities. Rather than responding
to a specific situation, Long Island Traditions' research projects focus
on a particular tradition, such as a kind of music or craft, that is part
of an individual's cultural background.
Traditions are generally defined as a way of doing something that is shared
by other members within a group related to ethnic heritage, recreational
or occupational activity, religion or place of residence. Research project
range in length from several months to several years, based on the goals
of the project.
In addition Long Island Traditions documents the vernacular or "everyday"
architecture of a community, through oral histories and historical research.
The goal of these long-term projects is to preserve the historical sites
that reflect a community's social and economic history.
2014, 2013-2001 Long Island Traditions