8 02, 2021

Radio Tower 29: Chris Verga and the Long Island Home Front

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World War II Long Island: The Homefront in Nassau and Sufolk by Chris Verga.

Long Island historian Chris Verga’s latest book looks at Nassau and Suffolk counties during some of the most pivotal years of the 20th century: World War II. On today’s episode, we talk to Chris about life during that time and the role Long Island played in the war effort. You’ll hear about Grumman, Republic, and the vital work of the region’s aviation industry. We also discuss the activities of the German American Bund on the island and the experiences of German prisoners of war in the community.

LIRTVHS has made its own study of this era with the Long Island Home Front oral history project, collecting the stories and experiences of everyday life during wartime.

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1 09, 2020

Radio Tower 24: Home Front Radio Memories

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Radio was still king during the 1930s and 40s. It was a golden age for tuning in to shows like The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, and others. On today’s episode, we offer a quick look at radio memories from the narrators taking part in the Long Island Home Front.

Narrators: Fred Seitz, Jack Beebe, Rhoda McManus, Jo Eichner, Walter Winicki, Fred Scopinich, Jack Kratoville

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11 01, 2020

Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack

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We’re featuring more segments from the Long Island Home Front, our oral history project focusing on the impact of World War 2 on Long Island. Today we hear from Marie Mack, Brooklyn Native and longtime Mount Sinai summer resident.

We spoke with Marie in the same spot where her family started visiting Mount Sinai in 1924. Married by the start of the war, she had to move back into her parents’ home with her young daughter, her husband shipped overseas in the Army Air Force. She gives us a valuable look at what it was like to be a working woman during the war years.

Unfortunately, Marie Mack passed away earlier last year at the age of 100. We are honored to have spoken with her and been able to preserve some of these memories.

Do you or someone you know have their own expereinces of Long Island during World War II? We’d love to hear from you as these stories are slipping away and we are committed to preserving them for future generations. You can get in touch with us online and we’ll follow up on how the interviewing works. We are working in partnership with the National Home Front Project at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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1 01, 2020

Introducing The Long Island Home Front

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For the past year, LIRTVHS has been working with the Sayville Historical Society and the Sayville Public Library on a joint oral history project called The Long Island Home Front. It’s an ongoing project to collect, preserve and share firsthand accounts of the impact of World War II on Long Islanders.

We’ll be sharing some of the stories here on the Radio Tower and are pleased to bring you today Jack Beebe. You might recognize him from episode 14 where he described his life in radio and TV broadcasting.

Today we relate an anecdote from Jack’s oral history interview in which he describes how the Dutchies of his native West Sayville contributed to the war effort.

Jack Beebe being interviewed about his World War II memories for the Long Island Home Front at the Sayville Public Library.

Do you or someone you know have their own expereinces of Long Island during World War II? We’d love to hear from you as these stories are slipping away and we are committed to preserving them for future generations. You can get in touch with us online and we’ll follow up on how the interviewing works. We are working in partnership with the National Home Front Project at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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