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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.

Feb 26, 2018

Henry Livingston came to Babylon in 1869 and founded the South Side Signal. He made an immediate splash advocating for Babylon to split from the town of Huntington and went on to lead the paper into the 20th century.

On this episode, Babylon Town Historian Mary Cascone relates the history of the paper: its influence, evolution, and style. We also trade stories of newspaper research, microfilm readers, and the glory of digitized collections.

As a little side experiment - help us document the noble yet forgotten microfilm machine. Send us a picture of a microfilm reader in the wild to longislandhistoryproject [at]

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