Finding and Using Local Primary Sources on Long Island

On March 21, 2019, the three School Library Systems of Long Island held a joint meeting entitled “Finding and Using Local Primary Sources” was hosted by St. Joseph’s College Callahan Library in Patchogue with 176 school librarians from Nassau, Western Suffolk and Eastern Suffolk in attendance.

The feature presentation was from the New York Start Archives Partnership Trust, followed by lightning round presentations from the Regional Archivist from the Long Island Library Resources Council; representatives from the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook; and curators of the Long Island History Collection at East Hampton Library. The Director of Education from Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay finished out the morning talking about their historical slavery exhibit, “Standing Where They Stood” which uses original research and many primary sources from Long Island to inform students of this untold story.

The afternoon allowed an opportunity for more directed questions to the five previous presenters, plus a chance to talk to Nassau BOCES Outdoor Education, Huntington Town Clerk’s Archives, Smithtown Historical Society and Hofstra Long Island Studies Institute to see about resources, school visits or field trips.