top of page
lecture title header 2016.jpg



Monthly Lecture Series

TVHS Lecture Series teams up with Investors Foundation to bring renowned speakers to Setauket

The Three Village Historical Society lecture series hosts prominent and emerging historians, authors, genealogists, archeologists and storytellers from around the nation and presents topics related to local history, heritage conservation, social justice, art history, and more.  For decades, TVHS public programming has provided a stimulating environment for the exploration of history and ideas that permeate the culture and community of the Three Village area, and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be held at The Setauket Neighborhood House. The Lecture Series is open to the public and is free for TVHS members, though registration is required.

This lecture series is made possible by generous funding from Investors Foundation. 


Monday, November 13th 

with Kristen Nyitray at 7:00 p.m.

Mapping, Naming, and Mythologizing Indigenous Long Island

This presentation is based on a current research project exploring how colonial maps played a role in shaping Long Island's identity. As colonists claimed land for nation-building, Indigenous communities were marginalized or erased from maps. Yet, settler-colonists retained and incorporated a multitude of names for communities, waterways, and more. The transition from Anglo-Indigenous island names to the Anglicized "Long Island" is one aspect of this intriguing story. The talk will highlight select maps from this research, revealing the naming paradox and its visual impact, shedding light on a complex and often overlooked past.

FREE and OPEN to all - donations appreciated. 

Setauket Neighborhood House

95 Main Street, Setauket


In-Person Only

Thanks for registering to our event. See you there!

2023 Lectures (January - May)

2023 Lectures (June - December)

  • June 19th with Rev. Lisa Williams

  • September 18th with Brad Kolodny

    • SEEKING SANCTUARY125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island

  • October16th with Tara Rider

    • Our Island's Story: The Natural History of Long Island

  • October 25th with Scott R. Ferrara (special lecture!)

    • A Discovery of Witches

  • November 13th with Kristen Nyitray

    • Mapping, Naming, and Mythologizing Indigenous Long Island

  • December 18th with John Staudt

    • Conserving Our Natural Resources: Theodore Roosevelt and his Use of Power

bottom of page