Delve into the rich history of our community, Long Island, and the Library itself in the Local History Center. Along with reference and circulating books and media, the center houses local history periodicals, genealogy resources, materials on historic preservation, historic photographs, a clipping file, the Tracks Through Time Oral History Collection, and archival records.
Items in this index are located in the reference room of the Northport Public Library building.
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Oral History audio files and transcripts are available on the adult patron computers in both library buildings.
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The vertical files contain newspaper articles, papers, brochures and ephemera regarding the history of the Northport, East Northport, Asharoken and Eaton’s Neck communities. Other areas of Suffolk County and Long Island are also included.
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Local History Titles
Long Island Rail Road Stations
Chartered in 1834 to provide a route between New York City and Boston, the Long Island Rail Road ran from the Brooklyn waterfront through the center of Long Island to Greenport. The railroad served the agricultural market on Long Island until branches and competing lines eventually developed on the north and south shores of the island and several hundred passenger stations were built. After Penn Station was opened in 1910, the number of passengers commuting between Manhattan and Long Island began to multiply. Today, one hundred twenty-five stations serve the Long Island Rail Road. Long Island Rail Road Stations contains vintage postcards of the old Penn Station, which was demolished in the mid-1960s; the Grand Stairway at the Forest Hills Station, where Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous unification speech on July 4, 1917; and the Amagansett station building, where Nazi spies boarded a train bound for New York City on June 13, 1942. Many of the historic stations featured in this book have been preserved by local preservation groups, while others have been replaced with modern buildings to accommodate the passengers who commute on the nation's largest commuter railroad.
The Little Prince
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe seeking the secret of what is really important in life. The anniversary edition includes original reviews of the novel, information about the author's life and work and the making of the story.
Learn more about the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
East Northport, An Incomplete History
East Northport--an incomplete history
Bayview Avenue then and now (DVD)
Historical and current photographs from the collection of the Northport Historical Society and Museum, accompanied by narration, take the viewer on a journey into the past of one of Northport's most historically rich streets.
Main Street Then and Now (DVD)
The fascinating history of Northport's Main Street and Woodbine Avenue is presented through narration and photographs from the collection of the Northport Historical Society and Museum.
A Light House of Stone
A history of the Eaton's Neck Lighthouse, Northport, New York
Genealogy source for digitized U.S. Federal census images; obituaries and local newspaper articles; immigration and military records; vital statistics, church records, and more.
FamilySearch, a nonprofit family history organization, contains the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. Includes family tree templates. Create a free account and begin your search.
This social networking genealogy site has a wealth of primary source historical documents and genealogy information. Find city directories, Civil War "Widows" Pensions, Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls and more.
(In Library Only) This National Trust for Historic Preservation publication addresses ways to protect historic places and communities.
New York State and Suffolk County Historic Newspapers. Suffolk County newspapers, some with obituaries, from 1822. Includes the Northport Journal, The Record, The Observer, The Long Islander, The Times of Northport and The Times of Huntington, Northport & East Northport.
(In Library Only). Journal devoted entirely to the history of New York State. Published by Cornell University Press.
View historical postcards, photographs, maps and historical markers of the Northport-East Northport community. This site, New York Heritage, also hosts the digital collections of other Long Island libraries and archives.
(In Library Only). Published twice a year by the Oral History Association, this journal explores the practice and significance of oral history. Paper copies of the Oral History Review are shelved in the Local History Center.
Covers more than 5 million names of persons who immigrated to North America between the late 1500s and mid-20th century.