Man and Nature in Suffolk County’s Past

Curated by Jamie Reason. Exhibit design by Joshua Cortez.  


Opening Reception

Saturday, January 6, 2023, 1:00 PM

Admission $5 (free for members). Includes refreshments. 


From New York City’s wealthy elite to resident locals making a living here, Long Island has been recognized as a mecca for sportsmen and sportswomen for over 150 years, earning its own exhibition at the National Sportsman’s Show from 1895 to the 1940s. Illustrating how hunting evolved from necessity to popular sport, eventually leading to the introduction of protective conservation laws, this exhibition will explore how the “sporting life” – through job opportunities, increased rail traffic, hotel and resort development, and eventual wildlife conservation – influenced our way of life on Long Island. Through an amazing assortment of hunting equipment, hand-carved decoys, duck boats, fishing gear, themed toys, clothing, magazines, and more, A Sportsman’s Paradise explores all that Suffolk County offered to those who were seeking its natural rewards. 


THE CURATOR:  Of Northern European and Cherokee ancestry,  Jamie Reason, an award-winning Native artist and founding member of the Paumanauke Pow-Wow and Paumanauke Native American Indian Scholarship Foundation, is also a lifelong decoy carver and collector. He has served as instructor,  lecturer, and writer of Native American Indian cultural history for over 30 years. Serving as Mastic Beach Village historian from 2006 to 2016, his historic involvement in the local community is widespread. 


In our Grand Staas Gallery, January – October 2024

Gallery Hours: Weds. to Sat., 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, excluding holiday weekends. 

More Info.: 631-727-2881 x100



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