Collection Facts

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Historical Context

The objects in the South Shore Recreation collection were assembled to document the rise of Long Island's South Shore as a tourist destination during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection, deeded by Dowling College, includes photographs and postcards documenting various recreational activities people participated in on the South Shore of Long Island. Examples of these activities include: hunting, fishing, swimming, bicycling, theatre going, motor-boating, sailing, ice-boating, and attending races.

Scope of Collection

The South Shore Recreation collection consists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century materials documenting a wide variety of activities that make up Long Island’s South Shore tourism history.