David Bernstein is the Director of the Institute for Long Island Archaeology and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University. He has conducted archaeological investigations throughout northeastern North America, lower Central America and the Caribbean.

Charla E. Bolton, AICP, served for 32 years as a land use planner with the Town of Huntington, specializing in planning, surveying, and protecting its historic resources. She also served on the Town of Huntington’s African American Historic Designation Council. She has extensive experience in title searching processes and archival research.

Judith A. Burgess, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and founder of Education Works, Co., in Westbury, New York. She is one of the Co-Directors of the “Long Time Coming” community history project.

Jenna Wallace Coplin is a Ph.D. student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has an MA from the University of Florida and an MBA from Fordham University.  Her work focuses on Historical Archaeology, Public Archaeology and memory on Long Island.

Thelma Jackson-Abidally is a former trustee of the Huntington Historical Society and a member of Huntington’s African American Historic Designation Council. She is the author of African Americans in Northport: An Untold Story (Maplehill Press, 2000).

Robert E. Lewis is a life-long resident of Christian Avenue in Setauket and President of Higher Ground Intercultural and Heritage Association. A Co-Director of the “Long Time Coming” community history project, he has been a leading voice in his community for preservation and cultural heritage.

Christopher N. Matthews is a historical archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University. He is the author of two books, An Archaeology of History and Tradition and The Archaeology of American Capitalism. He is one of the Co-Directors of the “Long Time Coming” community history project.

Allison Manfra McGovern is a professional archaeologist and Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Her research focuses on labor, inequality, and race in 18th– and 19th-century Long Island communities.

Reginald H. Metcalf, Jr. has served for many years on the Town of Huntington Historic Preservation Commission and African American Historic Designation Council. He is a recognized expert on early timber frame architecture and has extensively researched Long Island settlement patterns and cultural development during the colonial and early republic periods.

Ross Thomas Rava, an Archaeological Consultant, received his BA in Sociology from Fairfield University, CT. After working with the Suffolk County Archaeological Association, he completed his archaeological field school training at Suffolk County  Community College.  He has been involved in archaeological research at the Rock Hall Museum for the past decade with TAS Archaeological Services and Prof. Christopher Matthews of Hofstra University.


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