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Omnibus #46

podcast icon Posted Monday, June 30, 2008. Total length: 27:37

The William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, Long Island is an interesting blend of history and material culture. Occupied by eight generations of the same family since the early 18th century, it is now preserved exactly as the family left it when the National Park Service took over in the 1970s. Steve Czarniecki, Cultural Resources Manager for the Fire Island National Seashore, explains how this unique property came to be and the preservation challenges it represents. Also, Park Ranger Mary Laura Lamont takes us on a tour of the house, revealing the history of the Floyd family and how it reflects the history of Suffolk County, Long Island, and the United States as well.
"It's a curator's nightmare to hear veneer popping..."
Steve Czarniecki

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0:04 Introduction
Chris Kretz - Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian

2:04 Interview
Steve Czarniecki and Mary Laura Lamont
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