Presentations on Long Island Lighthouse History
If you have a group that would like a private presentation, you may request one. We prefer to stay in Nassau or Suffolk County, but might be able to handle off-island requests. Be sure to give us as much information as possible on your group, your location, and the desired date and time.
In our program on Long Island lighthouse history, we explore the area's vast lighthouse legacy, based on our experiences as a researchers and preservationists. More than 24 historic light stations and 200 years of history are included.
The photos in this presentation are a combination of recent and archival photos, some going back as far as the 1870s. Stations explored include:
Cold Spring Harbor
Old Field Point
Stratford Shoal (Middleground)
Long Beach Bar (the Bug Light)
Little Gull Island
Gardiner's Point (Gardiner's Island)
Shinnecock Bay (Great West Bay, Ponquogue)
Wreck of the Oregon Lightship
Fire Island Lightship
Our presentations are primarily conducted by Bob Muller, but we intend to train others to do these programs. The shows can last from 60-90 minutes, depending upon the specific presentation and your group. Some folks like the history, some just like the pictures. Time is always alloted for a question and answer session.
Some comments on Mr. Muller's presentations:
Carol Elliot, a journalist for the First Coast Entertainer, reported in the July 15, 2000 edition that "Mr. Muller gave a slide presentation to... people gathered at the Anastasia Gallery at the St. Augustine Lighthouse last week. We saw his breathtaking photos of lighthouses including sunsets and heard interesting facts about Long Island's light keepers as well as early residents."
A response from a local group makes a similar assessment: "[We] are most grateful to you for your wonderful slide presentation last Saturday night. We have heard so many complimentary remarks about it... the excellence of your photography, your interesting and informative comments about the lighthouses and the obvious fact that you fully enjoy the subject of lighthouses and their history. We thank you so very much, Bob, for presenting a program of such a high caliber for us. We are all most appreciative. With all best wishes to you for continued success with your work in "sharing the wonderful heritage of Long Island's lighthouses." I do like that phrase of yours!"
From a historical society: "... I want to thank you for a brilliant lecture... You have a rare gift as a public speaker and held everyone's attention with your lovely slides and excellent delivery. It was fascinating and I know everyone learned a lot that day."
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Images on this page courtesy of Diane Mancini, taken at two April 2000 presentations.
The Hampton Bays Historical Society, West Hampton Public Library, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library, Smithtown Library, Hampton Library, Riverhead Free Library, Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, Island Park Library, Saint James General Store, Long Island Seaport & Eco Center, Mattituck Historical Society, Bethpage Public Library, Moriches Bay Historical Society, Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council, Valley Stream Historical Society, East End Seaport Museum, Historical Society of the Greater Massapequas, Shelter Island Historical Society, Hempstead Harbor Club, Dive Club of Long Island, Grace United Methodist Church in Valley Stream, Old Field Point Power Squadron, Smithtown Bay Power Squadron, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Peconic Amateur Radio Club, Riverhead Lions Club, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Fire Island Lighthouse, Montauk Point Lighthouse, Horton Point Lighthouse, Sayville Historical Society, Long Island Marine Association, Oysterponds Historical Society, and many others have enjoyed these presentations. Let's add you to this list!