Preservation Long Island: Everything Worth Celebrating

SPLIA’s blog is inspired by one of Long Island’s first preservation advocates, the late Barbara Van Liew (1911-2005), whose extraordinary work was rooted in a hearty belief that: “Long Island is the Mesopotamia of this country whence springs everything worth celebrating and protecting in American architecture and culture”. From objects to landscapes, archives to fine art, there’s a lot to celebrate on Long Island and we’ll share it here with you.

  • Jupiter Hammon was recognized as America's the first published black poet when his 1760 poem, “An Evening Thought”, was discovered in the collection of the New-York Historical Society in 1905.

    The Life and Works of Jupiter Hammon (1711-before 1806)

    SPLIA has been introducing visitors to Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published black poet, at Joseph Lloyd Manor ever since the house was opened to the public in the 1980s.

  • SPLIA’s Blog will launch February 2017!

    SPLIA’s Blog will launch February 2017!

    SPLIA’s new blog, Preservation Long Island: Everything Worth Celebrating, will launch February 2017. In recognition of Black History Month, February’s blog posts will highlight Long Island’s African American heritage.