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Saturday talk about 'Long Island Historic Houses of the South Shore'

The cover of

The cover of "Long Island Historic Houses of the South Shore" by Christopher Collora (Arcadia Publishing) which covers 115 mansions and historic homes from Massapequa to Mastic. Photo Credit: Handout

Journalist Christopher M. Collora will talk about his new book "Long Island Historic Houses of the South Shore" (Arcadia, $21.99) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 15 at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport.

The event is free.

Collora will be project images onto the planetarium’s 60-foot dome. He will also share segments from his new video documentary.

Collora’s book explores Long Island's history with vintage photographs of various historic homes along the South Shore. Many of the featured homes have history relating to the Revolutionary War. One notable example is The Manor of St. George, a site of a battle.

Other homes in the book are less historic but still notable. The book takes an in-depth look at homes such as Oakdale’s famed Idle Hour (William K. Vanderbilt II’s father's mansion) and the Bourne Estate.

Collora was inspired to write his latest book after working on his TV series, LI News Tonight, which showcased the Gold Coast mansions on Long Island’s North Shore. Some of the homes featured included William K. Vanderbilt II Centerport estate, Eagle’s Nest. Eagle’s Nest is currently home to the Vanderbilt Museum.

For information, call 631-854-5555.


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