Join us for this In-Person lecture in Meeting Room 1. First come, first seated, limited room. Masks must be worn at all times.
A tall, marble obelisk in a Lynbrook cemetery marks the mass grave of 139 victims of two shipwrecks off Long Island’s South Shore 185 years ago. Half the victims froze to death aboard their ship and the others drowned just a few miles from Oceanside: at Long Beach and Rockaway Beach. Although these are among the most important -- and tragic -- events in US maritime history, the story remained largely forgotten until now. Lynbrook Village Historian and author Art Mattson will explain how the wrecks happened and he will discuss the impact the tragedies had locally and nationally. He will "make history come alive" with prints, paintings, and maps from the era.
Mr. Mattson is a retired investment banker with a second career as a historian, author, and lecturer. His published books are:
· The History of Lynbrook (2005 and 2010)
· Water and Ice: The Tragic Wrecks of the Bristol and the Mexico on the South Shore of Long Island (2009)
He is a frequent lecturer on Long Island History, Motorcycling in Europe, Opera, and Art. His articles have been published in magazines, books, and newspapers in the U.S. and Europe. Art and his wife Nori have traveled extensively in the U.S., England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales researching the story he will discuss today. His book, Water and Ice, received the 2010 Joseph F. Meany Award for Excellence in New York State Maritime History.