We tend to forget that some of the earliest European settlers of the area that became the United States were of Hispanic origin. Here is something of the surprising range of cultural, food, and historic contributions to the U.S., celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month.
March is Women’s History Month. This link will take you to some general sites on U.S. women’s history. Then it goes on to some interesting people and shining achievements in Long Island women’s history. Here, you’ll find links and readings on women’s fight for recognition, liberty, and equality, resistance to and fulfillment of the promise of the American Dream.
Here’s a document that I’ve compiled for Black History Month, 2016. You can find it here.
Go on an adventure into the rich history of the State, Long Island Region, and Local History of African Americans who lived labored, loved, invented, composed, played, contributed, fought, and died here. Here you’ll find topics raging from slavery, manumission (freedom papers), abolition, emancipation, the Underground Railroad, daily life, the struggle against denigration and segregation, and for civil rights, education, dignity, equality. Jupiter Hammon (America’s first black poet), Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Gerrit Smith, John Brown, Booker T. Washington, Samuel Bolton (the pickle king of Long Island), Lewis Lattimer, Hugh Mulzac, Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Jr., Jackie Robinson, Whoopie Goldberg, all appear here, and are just the most visible part of the history of the State and Long Island. All have left signature impressions, whether living here, or just passing through. Take a look at the classified links for readings, videos, listenings, that follow, that can only begin to hint at the local African American experience and tremendous contributions to our locale, made from the roots in the contact and colonial eras to our own day.
The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook celebrates famed shoe designer, Beth Katz Levine (1914-2006) with an exhibit continuing to January 3, 2016. Beth Levine was born in Patchogue, lived on a dairy farm in Holtsville and also at 25 West Avenue in Patchogue. She graduated from Patchogue High School in the early 1930’s.
Beth Levine is one the most influential and visionary shoe designers. Many museums and glitterati such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin collect her shoes. First Ladies Jackie Kennedy, Pat Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson wore Levine designed shoes. Famous clients include Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Liza Minnelli and Cher. Barbra Streisand wore her shoes in “Funny Girl” and Nancy Sinatra’s famous white boots in “These Boots Were Made For Walkin” were Levine creations.
The exhibit features iconic footwear, photographs, memorabilia, accessories and film footage from public and private collections from her early days living in Holtsville and Patchogue to the pinnacle of the fashion world. The book “Beth Levine Shoes” by Helene Verin is available at the Patchogue-Medford Library.