Long Island University and Newsday Take Long Island's Transportation History on the Road
Launching History in Motion, a mobile museum of Long Island's contribution to the evolution of transportation
March 3, 1998 - As the home of America's first submarine base, the first American toll road, the nation's first decked ship and the take-off site of Charles Lindbergh's first transatlantic flight, Long Island has pioneered every mode of transportation.
To illustrate how the development of planes, trains, automobiles and ships influenced Long Island's growth from a pristine wilderness to a modern suburb - and changed America as well - Newsday has created History in Motion, a mobile museum sponsored by Long Island University. The museum tells the story of Long Island's contribution to the evolution of transportation through three centuries. It is a component of Newsday's Long Island: Our Story project.
History in Motion will be officially launched at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus in Brookville on Wednesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students from local schools, transportation pioneers from Long Island and special guests from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston will attend the launch.
"Working with Long Island University on this exhibit has given Newsday a new opportunity to bring the history of Long Island to the community," says Raymond A. Jansen, president and publisher of Newsday. "We've incorporated state-of-the-art technology to give visitors a unique, interactive experience to learn how Long Island influenced the evolution of transportation," said Jansen.
Says Long Island University President David J. Steinberg, a historian: "All of us need to take greater pride in this beautiful island, in its diversity, in its heritage. Long Island University, its 25,000 students and its 135,000 alumni, are proud to be a Legacy partner for Long Island: Our Story and this exciting exhibit. We're very pleased to help bring this mobile, high-tech classroom to the children of Long Island so that they can come to love this place and cherish its past."
History in Motion will be staffed by retired school teachers and librarians and will make scheduled visits to Nassau, Suffolk and Queens schools. On weekends and during the summer, it will travel to community events. More than 100,000 people are expected to see it during 1998.
Joshua Stoff, air and space curator at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, serves as curator for History in Motion.
Housed inside a 34-foot converted Winnebago, the mobile exhibit contains four interactive displays depicting the major methods of transportation developed on Long Island: cars, the Long Island Rail Road, ships and planes. Each exhibit is outfitted with authentic working artifacts and sound effects.
Visitors waiting to enter the mobile museum can use three computer kiosks and watch video monitors.
Long Island and Queens-based firms were involved in developing History in Motion. Its designs were created by Blumlein & Associates, of Greenvale, while Structural Display, Inc., of Long Island City in Queens, built the interior and exterior displays.
Long Island University is the eighth largest private university in the United States, with more than 25,000 diverse students from the United States and abroad. A doctoral degree granting institution tracing its roots to 1886, it has campuses in downtown Brooklyn, including the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Brookville (C.W. Post), Southampton (Southampton College), Brentwood and Rockland and Westchester counties, as well as the eight overseas academic centers of the Friends World Program of global education for social change, the SEAmester program aboard a tall-masted sailing ship, and programs in a number of other countries. The University offers nearly 400 undergraduate and graduate degree programs taught by more than 600 full-time faculty members, as well as continuing education and professional development courses.
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