Two decades ago, Newsday began publishing the first pages of “Long Island: Our Story,” our celebrated 273-part series that told the history of this island we call home, from the Ice Age to the Space Age. Now, 20 years later, we’re proud to once again share this remarkable story with a new generation of Long Islanders.
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From a glacier as tall as a skyscraper to a fish-shaped island awaiting its first inhabitants
Chapter 1 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
Water tunnel offers rock-hard and ages-old clues about the formation of LI
Once a river, a valley, a lake, and recently the body of water we know today
A decision was rendered by the Supreme Court in 1985
Despite humanity's best efforts, erosion poses a relentless threat
If sea levels keep rising, many LI communities can expect wet changes
Before people arrived, a pristine land of wildlife and sweet vegetation
Some 550 generations across 12 millennia occupied the Island before Europeans arrived
Chapter 2 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
Europeans apparently mistook Indian place names for tribal labels
Indian communities grew corn, beans, squash and tobacco in Long Island soil
Southold Indian Museum
Old Dutch writings relate to some of what original Long Islanders believed of life and the afterlife
Boston Public Library
A dying language once heard on Long Island is spoken by a few on a Canadian reserve
A robbery foils his work to save some of the Island's Algonquian language
Independence National Historical Park
William Wallace Tooker's quest to recover lost words
Jermain Memorial Library Photo