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Tottenville Historical Society

Tottenville Historical Society
The former Village of Tottenville had no organization or place to care for its records and treasures of the past. Scattered in shoeboxes, attic trunks, scrapbooks and dusty basement library stacks were the isolated repositories that contained clues to the Village's history.

Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum
You'll find publications pertaining to many fascinating subjects including - Nature, Wildlife, Architecture, Art, Staten Island History and much more! You can even purchase a membership online.

Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House
Located just one block east of Bay Street at 2 Hylan Boulevard is the childhood home of Alice Austen, one of America’s earliest and most accomplished female photographers. Known as Clear Comfort, Alice’s home was built in 1690 as a seaside cottage

Conference House

The Conference House
The Conference House, built in the 17th Century and located at the southern most tip of New York State in Staten Island, is famous for the Peace Conference held there on September 11, 1776
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Staten Island Historical Society

Staten Island Historical Society
Historic Richmond Town is New York City’s living history village and museum complex. Visitors can explore the diversity of the American experience, especially that of Staten Island and its neighboring communities, from the colonial period to the present.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a distinguished Smithsonian Affiliate, is Staten Island's premier destination for culture and entertainment.

Sea View Historic Foundation

Sea View Historic Foundation

Affordable Supportive Senior Housing will include hotel-like services such as three meals daily, weekly laundry and linen service, activities, jitney service to the local malls and will also include cable TV.
Tibetan Museum

Tibetan Museum
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art celebrates its 60th anniversary of the Museum's official opening with the installation of a new exhibition, From Staten Island to Shangri-La:

Preservation League of Staten Island

Preservation League of Staten Island
The Preservation League of Staten Island (PLSI) is the only borough-wide historic preservation organization in New York City. Organized in 1977, the PLSI’s mission is to:
Staten Island History on the Web

Staten Island History on the Web
Libraries are the memory of humankind, irreplaceable repositories of documents of human thought and action.
Help Find Your Ancestors.

Help Find Your Ancestors
or those of you interested in tracing your family tree, I have listed several web sites that can be helpful. I will be attaching more as times go by.
Moravian Cemetery

Moravian Cemetery
AmericanTowns offers communities a single online location for everything--and everyone -- needed to navigate daily life in their town. The AmericanTowns site is an indispensable practical tool and the most effective way to bring neighbors together.
Richmond Recovery

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Uncovering Staten Island's past through modern metal detecting technology

Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries

FACSI is a 501C3 New York State not for profit, charitable organization founded in 1981 whose mission it is to identify, restore, project and beautify the abandoned, neglected or otherwise forgotten cemeteries and those interred within. We currently maintain approximately 40 acres of cemetery properties as well as an archive of original obscure records dating back 200 years. All donations are tax deductibe.

Read "Staten Island"
by Dr. Thomas W. Matteo

Book on Staten Island
From the moment Giovanni da Verrazzano first spied it in 1524, Staten Island has been recognized as a verdant oasis at the mouth of one of the world's most breathtaking natural harbors. Since that time, Staten Island has evolved from a hunting ground and farming community to one of suburban homes and small businesses.

For your copy of "Staten Island" contact me Dr. Thomas W. Matteo

 

Staten Island First Natives

The name Delaware was given by the Europeans to all the natives living along the Delaware River. There were actually thirty Indian nations living between the Mississippi and the Atlantic Ocean all speaking a common Algonquian language. One of these nations, the Lenni-Lenape, lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York (see map below). Three tribes of the Lenape nation lived on and near Staten Island, the Tappans, Hackensacks and Raritans. They were known as fierce and tenacious warriors when they had to fight; however, they preferred to choose a path of peace with the Europeans and other tribes. (The name Lenape (len-NAH-pay) means "The People" or “Original People.”)
The Lenapes were some of the first people in North America, dating back to about 10,000 BC. At that time, almost half the continent was covered by the Wisconsin glacier. The Lenapes lived on the West Shore of Staten Island and hunted mastodons, giant caribou and other large animals for food and clothing.
As the glaciers receded and the climate moderated deciduous trees like oak and maple began to grow in the region. They used tulip trees to create canoes and “dug-outs” by burning the center of the tree and chopping out the charcoal, creating the shape needed. The Lenapes moved about the area using various parts of the Island as seasonal camps. During the warmer months they would collect shellfish and hunt small animals like white-tailed deer, rabbits, beavers and turkeys that were abundant in the area. The Lenapes did not waste any of the animals they killed. They used the fur for clothing; skins were used for shelter and clothing; bones for tools; deer hooves for glue, and other parts, such as a snapping turtle shell, for toys

As time passed, they adopted the bow and arrow, clay bowls and created crude farming tools. Horticulture allowed people to stay in one area growing corns, beans and squash.

The Lenapes saw their first “white man” around 1500 AD when the colonists came to North America. First sighted by Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524, the Island remained mostly populated by the Raritans and Unamis Indians until about 1630 when the Dutch attempted to establish settlements there.  Called Staaten Eylandt by the Dutch, they failed to maintain settlements. The Indians, feeling threatened,drove each attempt settlers made from the Island.Many of these wars were instigated by the Dutch; in all blood was spilled on both sides in three wars; the Pig War (1641), the Whisky War (1642) and the Peach War (1655).  The disputes were finally settled and, in 1661 the Dutch established a lasting colony called Oude Dorp, or Old Town, near South Beach.  The Lenapes began trading with the colonists and received metals such as iron, copper and brass that were used for tools and weapons.
They also traded for shirts, kettles, knives, guns and other materials. Many of the early treaties and land sales they signed with the Europeans, were in their minds, more like leases. The early Delaware had no idea that land was something that could be sold. The land belonged to the Creator, and the Lenape people believed they were only using it to shelter and feed their people. When the poor, bedraggled settlers got off their ships after thier long voyage and needed a place to live, the Lenape shared the land with them, whoever, in the mind of the Europeans their gifts were actually the purchase price for the land. As a result, the Indians sold the same land many time leading to disputes that lasted until the 1800s.Many of the Lenape left the Island by the 1670s. Many tribes moved westward first to Ohio, then Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and finally, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) while other tribes moved north to Ontario. The last Lenape was seen on the Island around 1682.

 

 

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