Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.: Silversmithing on Long Island, Poquatuck Hall, 1160 Skippers Lane, Orient. Oysterponds Historical Society hosts. Steve Smithers will discuss the history of silversmithing and the role noble metalsplayed in American life up to the present day. See examples of early pieces, a demonstration of tools and techniques. Learn about the nearly lost art of hand hammered metalwork. Free. For information: 631-323-2480, oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org.
7 p.m.:Discussion: ‘Lessons From the Vietnam War’ at North Shore Public Library, Shoreham. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, a military action that played a vital part in weakening US public support for the Vietnam War. Join historian Martin H. Levinson in discussing that operation and the impact that the war in Vietnam had on our nation. Free. Register: 631-929-4488.
10 a.m.: Presentation: John P. Holland & the Holland Torpedo Company, sponsored by New Suffolk Waterfront Fund. Fireplace room of Case’s Place at the Galley Ho, 650 First Street, New Suffolk.Steve Buchanan, submarine history instructor, U.S. Navy, tells the story of Irish immigrant and inventor of the modern submarine, John P. Holland. Free. Register: 631-566-0806, email@example.com.
Described as Riverhead’s “first hostelry” in a 1972 pamphlet celebrating the town’s bicentennial, Griffing Hotel was founded around 1748 by the Griffing family, which maintains a downtown presence with Griffing Hardware. The inn stood on Main Street near Griffing Avenue, opposite the former Riverhead Theater. (more…)
This rare, circa-1930 sign from a Long Island bar warns prostitutes that they must be free of venereal diseases before attempting to solicit customers. (Credit: Rachel Young)
She called herself “Madam Pamn.” And what a sight she must have been, sashaying from the Long Island Rail Road train in Greenport from New York City every Friday afternoon, a trail of working girls behind her. (more…)