2021 Summer Programs

Mayflower Program


Many Long Islanders can trace their lineage back to the original Mayflower passengers in 1620.  Ann Kremer and Earl “Buddy” Johnson gave an excellent overview of these connections at our program on July 29th.  At last count, 15 Mayflower passengers are represented in Long Island families, with some families representing multiple passengers.  Especially prominent among these are all the Cushing descendants, as Ezekiel’s wife Hannah Doane was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins. And as the many Cushing children married into many of the island families in the 1700 and 1800’s, many, many of the common island families can also count themselves as Mayflower descendants: MacVane, Doughty, Dyer, Johnson, Clarke, Norton, Bartol, Norcross and more. In addition, the Calderwood, Reilly, and Richmond families also count many Mayflower passengers in their lineage

Lobstering: A Family Tradition


The Community Center was full to overflowing for the program on lobstering featuring a home video of Earl Johnson lobstering in the 1990s and followed by a discussion by two generations of MacVane and Johnson lobstermen.  We all learned something, and came away with a new appreciation for how things have changed, what remains the same, and what the challenges are for the future.

Earl Johnson lobstering in the early 1990s




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