54325 Main Road

PO Box 1

Southold, NY 11971

 

Telephone:
631.765.5500

Fax:

631-765-8510

Email:

info@southoldhistorical.org

 

Prince Building:

54325 Main Rd., Southold NY 11971

Museum Complex:

55200 Main Rd., Southold NY 11971

Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse:
3575 Lighthouse Rd., Southold NY 11971

Prince Building Hours:

Society Office: Monday—Friday 10am-2pm
Gift Shop: Monday—Friday 10am-2pm

Archives: By Appointment

 

Treasure Exchange: 

April through Mid-December    

Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10am–4pm

Wednesday 1-4pm

 

January through March             

Saturdays only, 10 am–3 pm

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Munnawhatteaug: The Last Days of the Menhaden Industry on Eastern Long Island is a must for those interested in learning more about this important aspect of local and regional history.

	 
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Munnawhatteaug

$40.00Price
  • From the earliest days of settlement on eastern Long Island, menhaden, known locally as "bunker," has played an important part in the lives of its residents. Whether cooked and eaten or spread over and plowed into fields as fertilizer, the fish has been ever present in the daily lives of residents - until recently. The menhaden industry once had factories that lined the shores of the North Fork, but none remain today. From the early 19th century and until the tail end of the 1960s, the fish were hunted, caught, and processed for their valuable oil. Many local residents made all or part of their living from the processing of menhaden. Munnawhatteaug: The Last Days of the Menhaden Industry on Eastern Long Island offers an important historical overview of the industry and its local impact, and reveals its inner workings. It features nearly two hundred images taken in 1963 by local photographer Peter Stevens that document nearly every aspect of a typical menhaden fishing expedition of the period. The images provide a permanent record of a now vanished way of life in a way that plain text cannot. Munnawhatteaug: The Last Days of the Menhaden Industry on Eastern Long Island is a must for those interested in learning more about this important aspect of local and regional history.