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School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Lecture
Start Date: 12/9/2011Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 12/9/2011

Event Description:

Speaker: Tara Rider Zeiss, Lecturer, Sustainability Studies Program

There She Blows: A Look at Long Island's Whaling Heritage

While Native Americans were the first people to whale on Long Island, Europeans quickly came to see these ocean mammals as a valuable commodity. Starting in the 1640s, Southampton and East Hampton formed local shore whaling companies that led to the whale becoming Long Island’s first "cash crop." This industry would then help drive Long Island’s economy in the nineteenth century as young men travelled the world, pursuing whales for their oil and bones. Today, whales continue to attract Long Islanders, though no longer for hunting, but rather for whale watching. This presentation will explore how whaling has shaped Long Island’s communities and culture.
Location Information:
Stony Brook Southampton - Duke Lecture Hall  (View Map)
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Phone: (631) 632-8000

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