The 2016 Long Island Room Program Series will begin in March!  This year's series will focus on Long Island's maritime history and will feature programs about Long Island's enduring relationship with the sea.


Cold Spring Harbor and the Business of Whaling

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:00- 8:30 pm

In 1836, the Jones brothers and thirty-three other investors purchased the first of several whaling ships in a small fleet that would eventually be known as the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Company.  While not every resident of the hamlet was directly involved in the business, many were and the local networks that formed as a result shaped the enduring identity of Cold Spring Harbor as a whaling town.  Learn more about the history of the whaling industry on Long Island as archaeologist and PhD Candidate (The Graduate Center, CUNY) Jenna Wallace Coplin discusses her research on the development and significance of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Company during the mid-19th century.  To register for this program, please click here.


An Isle by the Sea: Discovering Long Island's Maritime History

On view starting Tuesday, February 16, 2016 through December 2016

For centuries, Long Island's inhabitants have depended upon the bounty of the sea.  From food to transportation, from industry to recreation, the sea has provided Long Islanders with a variety of important resources.  Learn more about Long Island's maritime history through a selection of related documents and objects from the Long Island Room collection.