2014 Lecture Series
Please join us at 8pm for this fall's annual lecture series. All lectures take place in the auditorium at Peconic Landing in Greenport.
Peconic Landing is a proud supporter of this series.
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9/24 Suzanne Smeaton “Reclaiming the Past: The Story of Re-creating the Original Frame for 'Washington Crossing the Delaware.'” Learn about the story behind the re-creation of the original frame for Emanuel Leutze's iconic painting 'Washington Crossing the Delaware.’ Suzanne Smeaton will detail the 3-year journey undertaken by Eli Wilner & Company in making the frame for the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the discovery of a mid-19th century photograph depicting the painting in the original frame, to the research required on all elements used in the frame design and the engineering of the massive 14 food-by-23-foot frame to its delivery and installation. 10/8 Amy Folk “Morality & the Military on Plum Island: The Case of Benjamin M. Koehler.” Virtually forgotten in the mists of time, the court martial of Major Benjamin M. Koehler on Fort Terry, Plum Island, New York helped to set modern military policies. The case, which was famous and well known at the time, pitted the commander of the island fort and a sympathetic public against the U.S. Army and the Federal Government. Join Amy Folk, the Collections Manager of the Southold Historical Society, as she delves into this forgotten though important event in American history. 10/22 Pierce Rafferty “An Illustrated History of Fishers Island, NY: 1614-2014.” Pierce Rafferty's presentation will survey the first 400 years of Fishers Island's history since Dutch discovery in 1614, documenting the Island's transition from working farm under Winthrop family ownership, through a brief period as an excursionist destination in the 1880s, to its development by the Ferguson family into a privacy-seeking, more exclusive residential colony. Mr. Rafferty is the director of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum on Fishers Island, founded in 1960, with Archaeology, Natural History and History collections, and a Land Trust that holds more than a tenth of the Island. 11/5 Antonia Petrash “Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement.” For seventy-two years, women fought for the right to vote and many of these remarkable women lived on Long Island. From the wealthy and determined Alva Vanderbilt Belmont to the dynamic Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women on Long Island worked tirelessly to achieve political equality for themselves and future generations. Petrash, a resident of Glen Cove, Long Island recently retired from the Directorship of the Glen Cove Public Library, where she worked for twenty-four years. 11/19 Richard Welch “General Washington’ s Commando: Benjamin Tallmadge in the Revolutionary War” This presentation explores Benjamin Tallmadge’s dynamic and multi-faceted career during which he distinguished himself as a dragoon commander, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer, and master of combined land-sea operations. After Washington rewarded him with his own legion, he unleashed bold raids on British-occupied Long Island from his bases in Connecticut. All the while, he ran Washington’s most active espionage ring in New York and on the Island. Richard F. Welch teaches American History at Farmingdale State College. He is the author of five previous historical books. 12/3 Ronald Brown “The New York World's Fair of 1964-65: New York City is Still #1.” The 1960s were not nice to New York City. Los Angeles stood to eclipse the city as the leading American metropolis as the Pacific Rim was poised to replace the Atlantic world as the economic powerhouse of the future. But the city was not about to cede its reputation as "The Empire City" without a fight. What the city needed was a blockbuster event that would reaffirm New York's claim that the "Big Apple" was not rotten. Thus was born the World's Fair of 1964-65, a world's fair that was "universal and international." Dr. Brown is professor of history at Touro College and adjunct in world religions at the Unification Theological Seminary and a noted speaker in the New York area.