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"The Hurricane of '38" - John Holzapfel

  • East End Seaport Museum 103 3rd Street Greenport, NY United States (map)

As we approach the 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of '38, known as "The Long Island Express," this presentation will try to explain how and why this hurricane caused so much damage to the North Fork of Long Island. Using numerous pictures, first person recollections and historical records, we will try to understand why the general public didn't know the hurricane was coming to Long Island, and how the powerful winds, waves and tides caused some much local damage.

Admission (at door): Members: Free Non Members: $5
Light refreshments will be served. 


John Holzapfel has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a masters degree in Marine Science, taught high school science for 37 years, and junior college science for 15 years. He served as a Southold Town Trustee and also served as a member of Cornell Cooperative's Marine Advisory Board. Upon retirement from teaching,  he began a shellfish company but after 10 years retired from the shellfish business. For the past three years he has been giving monthly talks on nature at Peconic Landing.