The Colored Girl from Long Island

Today we talk with Sandi Brewster-walker about her life and her family’s history. Not only do the Brewsters have deep ties to North Amityville and the Native American community on Long Island but their story is intertwined with American history on multiple levels.

You’ll hear about early slavery on Long Island, letters from John Brown, spying in West Africa for the OSS during World War II, the peculiar fad for Tom Thumb’s wedding and more.

Sandi is also a practiced genealogist and we go over some of the challenges of researching Native American and African American ancestors. Beyond family research, her current efforts are directed at establishing a North Amityville Historic District and a Long Island Indigenous People & Research Center.

For more details, you can check out her book, The Colored Girl From Long Island, and her columns in the Amityville Record.

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[Update: Photos added June 18, 2017]

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Patchogue: Queen City of the South Shore

If you wanted something back in 19th-Century Long Island, chances are they made it in Patchogue: lace, twine, lumber, crinoline, wrapping paper, blankets, award-winning yachts. A sprawling arrangement of brick factories ran night and day, the mills kept turning by an abundance of rivers and streams. It was the hardest working village on Long Island.

On today’s episode we delve into Patchogue’s past with Mark Rothenberg of the Patchogue Medford Library. Mark oversees the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room, maintaining a collection of physical and virtual records that are a boon to anyone researching this area of Long Island.

Bailey's Mills, Patchogue
Bailey’s Mills, Patchogue. Image courtesy of Patchogue Medford Library.

We discuss Patchouge’s role throughout history, from a stop-over point on George Washington’s 1790 tour of Long Island to an infamous case of Civil War betrayal to early attempts at generating electricity.

Canaan Lake, Patchogue
Canaan Lake, Patchogue. Image courtesy of Patchogue Medford Library.

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The Jaunty Major-General

audio http://wwwx.dowling.edu/library/new/GeorgeMunkenbeck.mp3

His full name was about as long and storied as his career: Philippe Regis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand. He was a Baron, a novelist, a painter, a gardener,  a member of the Garde Lafayette (Fifty-fifth New York), a hero of Gettysburg, and summertime resident of Bayport.

Historian George Munkenbeck (Co. H, 14th Brooklyn) recaps the fascinating life of this “soldier’s soldier”, including his time in the Dakota Territory and his marriage to New York heiress Mary Mason-Jones.

Major-General Regis de Trobirand
Major-General Regis de Trobriand Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpb-06299

 

 

Major-General Trobriand is buried in Union Cemetery in Sayville, NY.
Major-General Trobriand is buried in Union Cemetery in Sayville, NY.

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