Catherine Ball is the supervising librarian of the Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana (also known as the Long Island Room) at the Smithtown Library.

Richard Barons is the Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society. He has authored a number of monographs and catalogues, including Severity and Simplicity: the American Arts and Crafts Aesthetic in the North East, 1895-1925 and The Lost Hamptons (with Steven Petrow).

Neil Buffett is a PhD Candidate in History at Stony Brook University where his dissertation addresses high school student activism in the Civil Rights and environmental movements, 1945-1975. Urban and suburban history, social movements, race relations, and the environment are among his research and teaching interests.

Frank J. Cavaioli is Professor Emeritus at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, where he received the Chancellor’s award of Excellence in Teaching. In addition to West Point and the Presidency (1962), he has written several books of regional history, and has contributed to several journals.

Geoffrey K. Fleming is the Director of the Southold Historical Society. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning A Shared Aesthetic: Artists of Long Island’s North Fork.

Noel Gish, a retired educator, is President of the Board of Trustees of the Vanderbilt Museum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Historical Society, Chairperson of the Smithtown Historical Advisory Board and Associate Editor of the Long Island History Journal.

Mac Griswold, journalist, garden historian, and author of three previous books of garden history, taught at Sarah Lawrence College. Her forthcoming work is Slaves in the Attic: The Sylvester Family and Their Long Island Plantation, from Houghton Mifflin, Inc., in 2010.

Helen A. Harrison is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton. Her most recent book (with Constance Ayers Denne) is Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artist and Writers on the Beach.

Joshua Ruff is History Curator at the Long Island Museum, Senior Lecturer of History at St. Joseph’s College, and Associate Editor of the Long Island History Journal. Mr. Ruff’s publications include articles for The Magazine Antiques, American History, and the LIHJ.

Wolf Schäfer is Professor of History, founding Director of the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies and the Center for Global & Local History, as well as founding Editor of Globality Studies Journal. He has published books and articles in social history, history of science and technology, and global history.

John Staudt teaches American History at Hofstra University and The Wheatley School. He lectures regularly and has written many articles, book chapters and reviews on the American Revolution, Theodore Roosevelt, Long Island history and the history of baseball.

Larry Swanson is Associate Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Waste Reduction and Management Institute at Stony Brook University. He has worked on a number of marine environmental issues in the New York metropolitan region.

Joseph S. Tiedemann, Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, is the author of Reluctant Revolutionaries: New York City and the Road to Independence, 1763-1776 (1997) and has published in Church History, Journal of American History, Journal of Social History, New York History, Pennsylvania History, and William and Mary Quarterly.

Ross Wheeler is the director of the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College where he also teaches in the English department. His research interests include New York City parks and nineteenth-century industrial landscapes.

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