Elvis, comics focus at Long Island Museum

Elvis Presley On a train from New York Elvis Presley On a train from New York to Memphis on July 4, 1956. Amy Henderson, the curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, hosts "Elvis: The Flashpoint of Fame." Her discussion, illustrated with vintage photos, looks at Elvis Presley's impact on America as it was experiencing change and upheaval. Photo Credit: Alfred Wertheimer

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The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook is holding two events that should resonate with Long Islanders who fondly remember the '50s and '60s. Sunday at 2 p.m., Amy Henderson, the curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, hosts "Elvis: The Flashpoint of Fame." Her discussion, illustrated with vintage photos, looks at Elvis Presley's impact on America as it was experiencing change and upheaval.

And on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., cartoonist Mike Lynch discusses how suburban comic strips reflected the migration from cities to suburbs in the '50s and '60s. Among the most influential suburban comic strips is "The Lockhorns," which began in Newsday as "The Lockhorns of Levittown" in 1968. The name was shortened after the strip was nationally syndicated.

Each discussion is free with regular admission to the museum ($9 for adults; $7 for seniors 62 and older). For information, call 631-751-0066 or go to longislandmuseum.org.

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