Treaty disputes, internment camps, immigration, and destruction of natural habitats- in your backyard! These are just a few of the global events that have touched relatively small and protected Oyster Bay since the mid 18th century. LLyn De Danaan delights in unearthing the sometimes surprising histories of the people who have occupied Oyster Bay. In this interactive presentation she shares her methods and findings, and the value of such work. She talks about Native Americans, Japanese Americans, and European Americans who have lived and worked on Oyster Bay and who have each helped to develop not only its shellfish industry, but also its living history. In interpreting the past, small facts often speak to large, pressing contemporary issues. De Danaan encourages audience members to think about projects for their own communities and how they might work collaboratively to explore and record the history of place.
Funded project of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.