Join the Three Village Historical Society for the monthly member meeting and lecture. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Non-Members: $5 (cash at the door)
Guest Speaker: TARA RIDER
Topic: Thar She Blows, Whaling in New York
Synopsis: While Native Americans were the first people to whale in New York, Europeans arriving on the shores of New York quickly came to see these ocean mammals as a valuable commodity. Starting in the 1640s, Long Island towns such as East Hampton and Southampton formed local shore whaling companies that led to the whale becoming New York’s first “cash crop.” This industry would then help drive the local economy in the 19th century as young men travelled the world, pursuing whales for their oil and bones. Today, whales continue to attract New Yorkers, though no longer for hunting, but rather for whale watching. This presentation will explore how whaling has shaped New York’s maritime communities and culture.