Thursday, July 23, 2009

175th anniversary journal : Long Island Rail Road April 24, 2009

The library has just acquired this title published by Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, c2009. It provides great insight into the history and evolution of the oldest railway in the United States operating under it's original name and charter. LIRR still uses two words for "railroad", that being the common usage in 1834.

Visit LIRR's website to learn more about th 175th Anniversary Getaway this Saturday, July 25th. As a LIRR passenger hop on board and follow the original route of the LIRR from Penn Station, Jamaica, Mineola or Hicksville to beautiful Greenport Village. Knowledgeable docents will be on board to guide the way.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Long Island Ruins

Check out this interesting site created by the Long Island Ruins Team who presented a great program at the library last night. If you missed yesterday's program and are interested in this topic, they will be presenting at other public libraries in the near future.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment of the Humanities have launched a website of America's historic newspapers.
"This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). "

The New York newspapers available are: The Evening World (1887-1931), New York Tribune (1866-1924), and The Sun (1833-1916).

It is a long term project to develop Internet based, searchable historic newspapers from the U.S. Visit the site at and check back often for added contact.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Suffolk Web Genealogy Guide

Suffolk County librarians created a genealogy web guide as part of the SuffolkTopicGuides. It is well organized guide that highlights genealogy resources available to the public. It is a good starting point for anyone interested in starting or expanding their genealogical research. While you are viewing the genealogy guide, check out the other available topic guides. Subjects range from astronomy, career to travel.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


The library has just added a new Local History and Genealogy newsletter to our NextReads service. NextReads is an e-mail readers' advisory service that allows you to receive via e-mail, a list of new and upcoming books in the genre(s) of your choice. Choose from a listing of over 20 different topics and genres and enter your e-mail address; you'll begin receiving monthly or bi-monthly e-mail newsletters listing your featured books along with a synopsis of each one. You can subscribe to as many newsletters as you would like!
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Local History Program

On July 14th at 7:00pm, we are proud to present Long Island’s Ruins, a presentation by John Leita and Kevin Vagle. John and Kevin are passionate about their work and have spent much time documenting our local ruins and reminders of the past. Through pictures, videos and discussions, they will weave a tapestry of Long Island’s history including old military fortifications, ruins from industries past, the Guilded Age and more! Come and see the amazing ties to our past right in our own backyards! All welcome. Visit their site at:
Register for this program here: