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Omnibus #60

podcast icon Posted Thursday, September 30, 2010. Total length: 22:43

The Ludlows were the first family of Oakdale, before the coming of the Vanderbilts and the Bournes and the great estates. William Handy Ludlow married into the Nicoll family, inheriting the Nicoll lands east of the Connetquot that would come to be known as Oakdale and parts of West Sayville. All but forgotten now, the Ludlows were prominent politicians and military men from before the Civil War through the early 20th century.

In this episode, local resident and historian George Munkenbeck tells the story of the Ludlow family. Drawing from research he has conducted over the years, he covers William Handy's days as Speaker of the New York State Assembly, his connection to William Sydney Mount, and his work with prisoners-of-war during the Civil War. Next week in part II we cover Ludlow's sons William and Nicoll and their storied military careers.

In honor of Oakdale history and to mark the fifth anniversary of our library podcasting, we are also giving away a copy of the book Oakdale from Arcadia Press, compiled by librarians Chris Kretz, Diane Holliday and Su Terry with help from the Long Island Maritime Museum, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, and the Manhattan College Archives. All listeners are eligible; just send an email to podcasts@dowling.edu by October 31, 2010 to enter your name. We will pick a winner at random and announce it on a future podcast.

"Everybody assumes that he is a Southerner or at least a secessionist...which he is not."
George Munkenbeck

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(Music Courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara Library)

  • 0:09 Introduction
    Chris Kretz - Assistant Professor, Reference Librarian
  • 2:59 Interview
    George Munkenbeck - local historian, chaplain of the West Sayville Fire Department, American Public University professor, Civil War re-enactor, retired Coast Guard Reserve Commander

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Song: "Ride of the Valkyrie" by Richard Wagner  Courtesy of University of California, Santa Barbara Library used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License.

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