Maritime Smuggling on Long Island: From Pirates to Rumrunners
From 18th century pirates to Prohibition era bootleggers, Long Island has been a historic hub of maritime smuggling. Join PHM and author Bill Bleyer for a virtual lecture on July 7th at 7 PM to learn why infamous pirates like Captain Kidd were attracted to Long Island, and why the area became known as Rum Row during Prohibition. Bill Bleyer is a former Newsday staff writer and current freelance contributor for the paper and magazines who has written four books on Long Island history. Bleyer has lectured at libraries, museums and historical societies across Long Island on a range of subjects, including maritime and Civil War history.