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The Long Island History Project

It’s a long island with a long history. Want to hear it? Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.

Dec 18, 2019

Warren McDowell, former publisher of The Fire Island Tide, has been pondering the mystery of how Fire Island got its name all his life. This burning question has been answered in many ways over the years. Many myths, legends and theories have been proposed but Warren wanted sources. He turned his newspaperman's eye to every old map he could find.

The result is an eye-catching cartographic, geographic and social history of a barrier beach. Warren presents a well-researched and documented argument for the origin of Fire Island while also illuminating the spirit at the heart of the place.