I was a Cub Scout, and there are some very vivid memories from that time in my life. One in particular stands out. I had just bought a pinewood derby car. For those of you who don’t know, this is a small rectangular wood block that Scouts carve into a car shape and race down a ramp. I had just gotten my first one, and my dad brought me into the garage. He let me outline the shape of the car I want, and then he cut along the line I had drawn. Then he gave me some sandpaper. I spent hours shaping it, painting it, and getting ready to race it. It was psyched. My dad would ask me, “are you sure you want to do that?” in a tone I’ve come over the years to associate with parental panic.
Folklore is a part of the everyday lives of people from all around the world. We have inherited a rich tradition of holidays, festivals, stories, fairy tales, proverbs, and folk remedies that define our society and our place in it. Consequently, an interesting avenue to explore this vast and growing treasury of knowledge is the World Folklore and Folklife database. With the power of a library card one can log in and uncover cultural traditions from around the world.
Some of the subjects included are:
- Tales, Myths, and Urban Legends
- Holidays and Festivals
- Celebrations and Rituals
- Food and Drink
- Music and Dance
- Religion and Belief
- Traditional Arts and Crafts
Regionally the content ranges from all over the world, including: Africa; Asia; Caribbean; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America; and Oceania. The entries for each country include an historical overview as well as the beliefs, traditions, folklore and the like.
Want to know the origin of Bluegrass music from an authoritative source?
How about Greek mythology? Wiccan? Druids? Origin of Christmas?
Additionally, looking for the complete Hans Christian Andersen stories or Grimms’ fairy tales?
Look no further than the World Folklore and Folklife database (which also includes thousands of other classic folktales from around the world). This electronic resource is the perfect place for any parent or storyteller to uncover traditions and pass them on from one generation to the next.
World Folklore and Folklife is also a great resource to help students bridge the gap between past and present and offer new ways to research topics for high school or college assignments.
Some such topics include:
- Social and religious practices
Additionally, as an example some of the featured content includes:
Chicano Folklore: Repatriation and Deportation of Mexicans (1930-42)
“A rude awakening began to set in by the late 1920s. The tremendous immigration from Southern Europe (darker skinned peoples) brought in a sense of panic to the nativist Anglo-American population who feared the darker races. In 1924 the Border Patrol was instituted, and the U.S. Congress passed the Quota Act of 1924. Mexicans were not included in the Quota Act due to strong pressure from agribusiness leaders, who felt they needed the Mexican workers for their agricultural fields. Nevertheless, by the late 1920s an economic depression began to set in, and Mexicans began to be targeted for deportations. The 1930s brought a full-fledged economic depression, and Mexicans began to be deported en mass. Some Mexican Americans, even though they were citizens, were also deported or ‘encouraged’ to go to Mexico.”
And as a reminder we also have a vast array of other subscription databases on many many other subjects that are available 24/7.
Today, we hit another milestone on Digital PML of 400 digitized items!
We have also started a new collection containing photographs and drawings, mostly dating from the early Twentieth Century, in the collection of the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room that depict various outdoor scenes and places in Patchogue. Included in these are images of Patchogue’s streets, stores, hotels, mills, factories, restaurants, public buildings, schools, churches, trolley and railroad. At present, the collection is approximately one third complete; there are many more to come!
A collection of 44 rare historic photographs of the Shinnecock Indian tribe is now available on Digital PML for viewing and research. This series of photographs is held in the collection of the South Huntington Library in Huntington Station, N.Y., and it has been digitized and presented here through their kind courtesy and with their kind permission.
We also have a new collection, Suffolk County Histories, which has been started with one item, "Early History Of Suffolk County, L.I.", a paper read before the Long Island Historical Society on November 16, 1865.
Digital PML now includes almost 400 items! And next to come is an exciting series of photographs of street scenes from Patchogue dating from the early 20th Century. Keep checking the site often!
Here is some important information to take note of:
- Town will Waive Boat Ramp Fees starting on Friday, Oct 2nd
- Call 451-TOWN (8696) to report storm-related issues.
- If you see downed wires during this time, DO NOT GO NEAR THEM and report them to PSEG immediately at 1-800-490-0075. To report a Highway related issue, please call 631-451-9200.
- Keep your cell phone fully charged and use it as little as possible in case of a power outage. Quickly report an outage by texting “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454). This requires one time registration. To register text REG to 773454.
- Review the Town of Brookhaven’s Official Hurricane Survival Guide for Important Information on what to do before, during, and after a Hurricane
- Town of Brookhaven Emergency Notification: Code Red – Town of Brookhaven’s Notification system for weather and public safety emergencies that uses a database of listed phone numbers.
- Ready.gov has a list of basic supplies necessary for a Disaster Kit
Important Phone Numbers and Websites:
American Red Cross on Long Island – 516-747-3500
Red Cross of Long Island Website – Visit their website to learn valuable information about safety preparedness, and to download their emergency mobile apps, including a Pet First Aid app.
Town of Brookhaven – 631-451-8696
Town of Brookhaven Website – Contains information on preparing for any potential hazardous weather. Also contains a link to a map of storm surge zones and Shelters (Shelters not currently updated as of 10/1).
National Grid – 1-800-490-0075
National Grid of Long Island – Contains information on Energy and Gas Safety
PSEG Long Island – 1-800-490-0075
PSEG of Long Island – Contains information on current outages, their social media accounts and safety preparation tips. Also includes information for children/families, provided in English and Spanish with characters from Sesame Street.
Today, we hit another milestone on Digital PML of 300 digitized items!
The Rare Eastern Indian Photo Series, Set 2 is nearing completion, and next to come is Set 3 in that series. Also, some new items have been added to the Suffolk And Nassau County Town And Village Histories Collection, and two new Collections have been started, the Long Island Histories Collection and the New York State Histories Collection.
Keep checking the site often!
Come and take a tour of the Reference Department!
The Celia M. Hastings Local History Room Postcards Collection is now complete and fully available for viewing and research on Digital PML.
The collection consists of 248 historic postcard photographs from all over Suffolk County, with an emphasis on the Patchogue area, of houses (usually of the socially prominent), houses of worship, hotels, mills, restaurants, streams, lakes, bays, waterfront activities, theaters, trolleys, people (in crowds, or as individuals), public buildings, street scenes, and more.
Today, we hit another milestone on Digital PML of 200 digitized items!
The Celia M. Hastings Local History Room Postcards Collection is nearing completion, and next is a series of very rare historic photographs of the Montauk Indians.