Books


NEW: Discovering Staten Island
 
Published by The History Press, Discovering Staten Island can be purchased for $20.00 at Historic Richmond Town’s gift shop.  Funded by a generous grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation, the book’s publishing is one of the principal undertakings of SI 350, a year-long celebration of the Island's 350th anniversary.
The book features welcome letters by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Borough President James P. Molinaro, and is divided into 12 chapters, each representing one of SI 350's monthly themes: Transportation, Education and Health, Business and the Economy, Ethnicity and Immigration, Food and Drink, the Arts, Sports, Environment, Civic and Political Life, Architecture, Military History, and Religion.
 
As one of the five boroughs of New York City, Staten Island has a rich and colorful past, and is full of places where people have shaped the city, state and nation.  In publishing Discovering Staten Island, local community leaders and educators have gathered together an unprecedented collection of Staten Island stories.  "This little island in the bay of New York is a very special place," writes Borough Historian Thomas Matteo in the preface.  "It has given birth to and attracted to its shores many famous people from all walks of life."  Readers will walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, Susan B. Anthony, Langston Hughes, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the Dalai Lama; visit Revolutionary War sites; relive the entrepreneurial drive and inventiveness of business and medical pioneers; and imagine the lives of Irish, Norwegian, Italian, Sri Lankan and Liberian immigrants.
 
Staten Island’s shores are awash in history, from Lenape trails to Dutch and French farms, from the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company to legendary sports figures and quaint historic districts.  Their struggles, hardships, triumphs and achievements, in spectacular and everyday Staten Island locations, are brought to life in vivid detail for all those who enjoy the new book.
 
"This guidebook encourages readers, whether tourists or residents of New York City, whether born here or off-Island, to rethink and rediscover the many fascinating places on Staten Island, and in so doing, to understand better its place in the history of New York City, the region and the world," write Lori R. Weintrob and Kenneth M. Gold, the book's editors.  "We emphasize the unique past of each neighborhood, organization and business listed, but also the astonishing ways in which they connect to major themes in American and global history and join us to each other."
 

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Reprint, New York: Da Capo Press, 1998.
 
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Baugher, Sherene. "Trade Networks: Colonial and Federal Period (1680-1815)." 
Proceedings of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences 34 (1989): 33-37.
 
Bayles, Richard M. 
History of Richmond County, Staten Island, New York: From Its Discovery to the Present Time
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Burch, Reverend Charles S. 
"History of Saint Andrew's Church, Richmond, Staten Island." 
Grafton Magazine of History and Genealogy 1 (1908): 1-24.
 
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New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
 
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A Guide for Interpretation
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New York: New York University Press, 2007.
 
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 Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.
 
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"A Historical Overview of Staten Island's Trade Networks." 
Proceedings of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences 34 (1989): 1-24.
 
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Originally published in the Staten Island Historian, New Series, 19 (Winter-Spring, 2002).
 
Wright, Tobias A., ed. Staten Island Church Records
Bowie, M.D.: Heritage Books, 1997.
 
Zavin, Shirley and Elsa Gilbertson. Staten Island Walking Tours. 
Staten Island, NY: Preservation League of Staten Island, 1986.