Museum – Library Partnership

Book talk and gallery tour at the Long Island Museum

On Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. the Long Island Museum will welcome Carolyn Emerson, librarian at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket, for a book talk, followed by a tour of Long Road to Freedom: Surviving Slavery on Long Island, on display in the Art Museum through September 20, 2019.
Emerson will discuss The Underground Railroad on Long Island by Kathleen Velsor. From the arrival of the Quakers in the seventeenth century to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, Long Island played an important role in the Underground Railroad’s work to guide slaves to freedom. In Old Westbury, the Post family established a major stop on the freedom trail with the help of an escaped Virginia slave. In Jericho, families helped escaping slaves to freedom from the present-day Maine Maid Inn. Elias Hicks helped free 191 slaves himself and worked to create Underground Railroad safe houses in many northeastern cities. Some former slaves even established permanent communities across the island. Learn about the safe houses–many of which are still standing today–and explore the journey of runaway slaves on Long Island.    
Following the discussion, visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s Long Road to Freedom exhibition, exploring two centuries of slavery and the subsequent growth of free communities of color in the nineteenth century.
This program is free but space is limited and registration is required. Visitors may pick up the book and register at Emma S. Clark library. For additional information please contact the library at (631) 941-4080.


Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students 6 -17 and college students with I.D. Children under six are admitted for free. For more information visit

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library


The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District.