FIRE ISLAND HISTORY >> By Thomas McGann

  • Local Color: Bay Shore Black Life Remembered

    Local Color: Bay Shore Black Life Remembered

    “Are We There Yet? A Short Trip, but a Long Journey Through Bay Shore’s Black Community” was a discussion led by a distinguished trio of respected Bay Shore locals, including Mary Holmes Reid, a mother and activist; James Cornigans, a father, social studies teacher at Bay Shore High School, and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Bay Shore; and Deanna Watts, a mother, writer, activist, and public speaker. Through time, research, and interviews the panel demonstrated how much Bay Shore means to them.READ MORE »
  • Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library Explores Civil Rights History on Long Island

    Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library Explores Civil Rights History on Long Island

    On the recently past Lincoln’s birthday holiday, historian Christopher Verga provided much insight into the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement on the great island we call home, during a virtual lecture entitled “Civil Rights on Long Island,” which was hosted by Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library.READ MORE »
  • “Invisible Threads: From Wireless to War” Unravels Long Island’s Hidden History of Technology and Espionage

    “Invisible Threads: From Wireless to War” Unravels Long Island’s Hidden History of Technology and Espionage

    Long Islanders are getting a rare chance to attend a special viewing of Joseph Sikorski’s, “Invisible Threads, From Wireless to War,” which follows his 2015 documentary “Tower to the People,” which will be screened at Lessing’s Bourne Mansion in Oakdale on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m. The screening will benefit the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe and the Long Island Radio & TV Historical Society(LIRTVHS).READ MORE »
  • Who was Stephen Talkhouse?

    Who was Stephen Talkhouse?

    Native American Heritage Month brings awareness about the vast heritage and continuing history of Indigenous Americans across the country, which of course includes Long Island.READ MORE »
  • Fire Island’s Sister Islands

    Fire Island’s Sister Islands

    There are approximately 60 islands in the Great South Bay ranging in size from nothing more than small colonies of saltwater marsh grasses to larger ones sharing environments similar to Fire Island itself. They are our sister islands and each one has its own history.READ MORE »