Local History

Information, News, and features from Montauk Library’s local history collection.

Throwback Thursday – Library Wines

Library Ladies at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, 2003 Tina Oberg, Karen Rade, Peg Ambrosio, Charlotte Schorr, Virginia Sayers and Marie Stokes pose in front of the Wölffer Estate tasting room, “Library Ladies” Collection, Montauk Library Archives. In the month of October, grape harvesting and wine-making continue at the crescendo pace begun in September, as workers pick, process and… Read more »

Margaret Potts to be inducted into Aviation Museum’s Hall of Honor

Montauker Margaret Potts to be inducted into Aviation Museum’s Hall of Honor this weekend.  Watch live Saturday, 10/9 at 11AM Eastern Time here!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuqRejOSW6c   Montauker and WWII Army Air Veteran Margaret Potts will be inducted into Urbana, Ohio’s Champaign Aviation Museum Hall of Honor on Saturday, October 9, 2021, by her former flying student… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade, 1980. Photograph, black and white print, Al Holden Collection, Montauk Library Archives.   There was a flurry of Columbus Day parades from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s in Montauk’s downtown, “the pride and joy” of a man named Joseph Bosco, the engine who powered the event. Mr. Bosco was born in Calabria, Italy,… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Montauk Point

“Montauk Point, Long Island,” by Charles Parsons.  Article printed in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, September 1871. First page of article, showing woodcut illustration of the Montauk Lighthouse, Al Holden Collection, Montauk Library Archives. Please note:  This article is in the public domain, and can be accessed for free.  See web address below. This September marks the 150th… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Carl Fisher House

Carl Fisher Home, ca. 1927 Photograph of the Carl Fisher House under construction, Judy Sauers Collection, Montauk Library Archives. The East Hampton Town Board will vote this week on whether to purchase the Carl Fisher House and grounds.  If the Board vote passes, this house will become an historic property funded by the CPF, or Community Preservation… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Tumbleweed Tuesday

We’re not sure this lady is standing in technically true tumbleweeds, but we’re certain that today she’d be sending up a distress flare or texting Triple A to help peel her away from a cringe-worthy tick population. She looks perfectly content, though, in this photograph from 1926. We can even imagine her waving to summer… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – A Toast to the Ebbing Days of Summer!

A toast to the ebbing days of summer! Color photograph of Alan and Christopher Yudt with their wives Jacqueline and Lisa, on the beach near the Surf Club, 1995 Beth Biondo, Photographer, Beth Biondo Collection, Montauk Library Archives.   August, with its oppressive heat and humidity, has stepped aside for Indian summer.  Mornings are chilly, but afternoons offer… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – The Pelican

The Pelican, photographed by Evangeline Pitts, 1951 Damaged open party boat Pelican sits behind clammer Ben Pitts, Pitts-Burke-Cullum Collection, Montauk Library Archives The man clamming in the foreground of this photograph was known as Augustus Petitpas in his native Nova Scotia, and as Ben Pitts in the United States. The beached boat listing behind him… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Two Pools

Postcard of the Wavecrest Motel. Printed by Color Photog. Assoc., Glen Cove, NY, ca. 1960s. Photographers, Olga Bedorf and Mona Shelley. Montauk Library Postcard Collection. Montauk Library Archives Postcard of the Blue Haven Motel, 1960s. J. J. Heatley, Smithtown, N.Y. Montauk Library Postcard Collection. Montauk Library Archives Knowledge about Montauk’s “Golden Age,” the period of sportfishing and vacationing that pushed our sleepy… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Buffalo Soldiers at Camp Wikoff

“Camp Wikoff, 24th Infantry (colored) coming to Detention Camp,” by photographer Dwight L. Elmendorf, 1898. African-American regiment arriving at Camp Wikoff in Montauk, N.Y. Montauk Historical Society Collection, digital image. Montauk Library Archives It was August 1898 when Camp Wikoff opened to what quickly grew to be to be more than 20,000 sickened, injured, and… Read more »