The Gospel Elders: African American Gospel Quartet The Gospel Elders were a traditional gospel quartet consisting of six African American gentlemen who emigrated from the south during the 1940s and 1950s, and lived on Long Island and Queens. They sang hymns and spirituals in a variety of musical formats including blues and a capella. They […]

Trinidadian steelbands have been in existence since the 1940s, when Trinidadians turned metal containers left by U.S. military forces stationed in Trinidad and Tobago into musical instruments. The groups were originally formed by young men and teenagers from economically depressed neighborhoods in Trinidad’s capital Port-Of-Spain and subsequently spreading to outlying towns such as Arouca, a […]

Photo: Youngs Farm Barn

Family Farmers: The Youngs Family On Hegeman’s Lane in Old Brookville stands Youngs Farm, founded in 1893 by John H. Youngs, the great-grandson of Thomas Youngs who ran an apple orchard in nearby Oyster Bay. The 1893 Youngs Farm, which has been cited as a “Century Farm” grew bibb lettuce, potatoes and sweet corn and […]

Photo: Ina McNeil

Ina McNeil: Native American Educator by Nancy Solomon Ina McNeil was born on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She is the great great granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull, the legendary Hunkpapa Lakota warrior. Her traditional name is Scarlet Whirlwind Woman or Wamni-Umni-Luta-Wi, a name given to Ina by her great grandfather Henry […]

Photo: Pete Kelly

Pete Kelly: Master Irish Fiddler The Irish community on Long Island is one of the largest ethnic groups in the region. Since the late 1800s there have been Irish laborers, farmers and other tradespeople who have called Long Island home. By the early 1920s there was a sizable Irish community with churches, dance halls, social […]