Posts By:Emily Leonardo

Throwback Thursday – National Pet Fire Safety Day

Trusty Dalmatian Guards Crates of Budweiser Beer during 1992 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Color photograph from the Herb Herbert Collection, Montauk Library Archives. A favorite website is National Today, or nationaltoday.com.  It’s a day-by-day calendar, listing an event or activity that is celebrated on a particular day in a specific month, every year.  According to National… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Cattle Drives

No, these cowpokes aren’t headed to the Surf Lodge. They’re hot to trot to Deep Hollow Ranch instead  ̶  after meeting up with some ­livestock about to arrive on the Long Island Rail Road. Cattle drives were an enduring part of Montauk’s history starting in the 17th century. Its grazing pastures were used to bulk up… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Friends of the Montauk Library Book Fair

Photo collage of Book Fair volunteers, ca. 1996-1998:  Starting in the top left-hand corner: Mary (last name unknown), Angela Lambriola, Robert Schorr, Christine Langerfeld, Judith Rade, Bob Mautschke, June (last name unknown), Charlotte Schorr, Eileen Mautschke, Doris and Frank Donahue, Suzanne Gosman, and Elaine Kahn Photograph of Bob-e Metzger, Chairperson of the Friends’ Book Fair, looking over boxes in the storage area… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Children of Fort Pond Bay Village

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a tribute to the children of Fort Pond Bay Village.  The Bay was their frontage and the train tracks their backyard boundary.  Nothing, however, could restrict these kids from exploring the larger world around them. This image from around 1938 comes from the Pitts-Burke-Cullum collection, a large group of photographic… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – School Trip

As the school year draws to a close, everyone looks forward to passing their exams and moving up another grade level.  Especially seniors!  (Or in the case of Montauk School graduates, 8th-graders.)  Graduation ceremonies bring celebration and a sense of freedom.  Before graduation, however, there’s the school trip.  Its itinerary is usually structured around an… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Blessing of the Fleet

The annual Blessing of the Fleet became part of Montauk culture after Vinny Grimes witnessed a similar ceremony during his tenure with the U.S.  Navy.  In 1955, the Montauk community supported Grimes’ idea of creating a blessing ceremony for fishermen’s vessels. On June 7, 1956, the East Hampton Star ran a notice alerting the public… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Richard T. Gilmartin shares the Fishing Stand experience

If Montauk ever produced a Renaissance man, it was Richard T. Gilmartin. An insurance businessman who entered politics and fought for people with disabilities, he loved history and surfcasting and shared his passion for both.  Richard Gilmartin had started writing a history of Montauk when he died suddenly in 1964.  The loss of Gilmartin’s knowledge base was like… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which means the unofficial start of the summer season has begun. This picture radiates positive energy, and seems a good omen for Summer 2021.  Will the era of social distancing finally come to an end? This week’s Throwback Thursday photograph was donated to the archives by Herb Herbert when Joan… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Fishing at Fort Pond Bay Village

There are quite a few postcard views of this Fort Pond Bay scene that date from the early 1900s, but this one is a little different because it looks more closely cropped, as if a camera were positioned high, maybe on the mast of a boat.  The close angle offers a sense of intimacy, reminding… Read more »