Two local historians and fellow American history instructors at Suffolk County Community College have teamed up to publish a book that’s all about Bay Shore.
Part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, “Bay Shore” is set for release on Monday, April 3. Throughout the book, authors Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett take readers through the colorful history of the Bay Shore hamlet in vintage photographs.
“The authors utilized images from local historical societies and private collections to create a narrative of Bay Shore’s diverse history,” reads a press announcement issued this from Arcadia. “The images of these defining moments have become relics of a constantly evolving community that has become known as the heart of the South Shore.”
The Bay Shore Historical Society — keepers of the archives that supplied the majority of the book’s images — will receive 25 percent of the book’s profits.
The foreword was also written by Bay Shore Historical Society president Barry Dlouhy.
Verga released his first book, Civil Rights on Long Island, in October.
He is also greatebayshore.com contributor.
Check back closer to April 3 for additional details and interviews with the authors.
Known as Penataquit among the Secatogue Indians, Bay Shore was established in 1708. Since then, the hamlet of Bay Shore has developed a rich heritage through embracing the tapestry of multiculturalism and utilizing its natural resources to build a vibrant, enduring community. Residents have borne witness to the American Revolution, the rise and fall of the fishing industry, the boom and bust of the Gilded Age, the impact of deinstitutionalization, and community revitalization.
From Bay Shore’s beginning, the community has birthed artists, activists, athletes, industrialists, laborers, and politicians. The heirs of this 26,000-person hamlet’s heritage continue to build and define the place as a viable community in the 21st century.