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History of Fire Island Told Through Vintage Photographs

Local author pens new book on this beach resort and national seashore.

March 6, 2012 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore from local author Shoshanna McCollum, with a foreword from Gerard Stoddard. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

Fire Island is a string of communities and parks, gay and straight bars, boats and bridges, beach umbrellas and bungalows—all bound together by the pristine white sand of the island’s beach. This 32-mile-long barrier island off the coast of Long Island has been defined by legendary shipwrecks and heroic lifesaving in the 19th century, but also kindled by menacing storms and a web of sociological intrigue as an upwardly mobile American middle class sought out vacation homes and coastal recreation during the 20th century.

From cholera protests at the Surf Hotel in 1892 to a grassroots campaign to prevent a highway that ultimately established Fire Island National Seashore in 1964, Fire Island’s history is a grand melodrama that has caught world attention.

Highlights of Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore:
•   Images were gathered from private home photo collections representative of the Fire Island communities as well as smaller museums and repositories across Long Island.
•   Fire Island’s geographical, colonial, maritime, cultural, political and environmental history is concisely covered within the pages of this book.
•   A portion of the book’s profits will be donated to the Fire Island Association.

Former curator of the Ocean Beach Historical Society, Shoshanna McCollum is a freelance writer who has won awards with the New York State Press Association and Press Club of Long Island. Gerard Stoddard, who sat as president of the Fire Island Association for an unprecedented 24 years, contributes the book’s foreword. Images gathered for this project come from a diverse group of collectors to reflect the mood, spirit, and way of life of this unique place.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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With more than 7,500 local history titles published to date, Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Widely recognized sepia books feature hundreds of vintage historical images.

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