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Southold Historical Society is pleased to be partnering with Peconic Landing to continue the Winter Lectures Series which is themed Long Island Landmarks.  The next lecture in the series is “Jones Beach” which will be presented by guest speaker, John Hanc.

Jones Beach opened inauspiciously amidst a howling sandstorm on August 4, 1929. In the years since, it has attracted 500 million visitors and become hallowed ground to generations of New Yorkers.  Today Jones Beach evokes cherished memories of long-spent youth, old friends, and departed loved ones.

John Hanc will explore the traditions, institutions, controversies, and characters of this beloved seaside resort, now a state historic landmark.

Hanc has authored or co-authored 18 books, including several award-winning memoirs and a number of successful works of prescriptive nonfiction. His book on one of Long Island’s most iconic oceanfront parks, Jones Beach: An Illustrated History, was published by Globe Pequot in 2010, and featured a cover blurb from Donald J. Trump, who said that “any citizen of New York will be proud to have this book in their collection.”

Also a journalist, Hanc is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and a long-time contributing writer for Newsday. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Family Circle, Runner’s World, Smithsonian and many other publications.  He teaches journalism and communications at the New York Institute of Technology and is also a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School’s annual three-day course Writing, Publishing and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals.

The lecture will be held in the Peconic Landing Community Center’s Auditorium.  Admission is free.  RSVP is recommended by calling (631) 765-5500.

For more information on this event or any other society programs, please call (631) 765-5500 or email [email protected]


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