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The Sand & City Website

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Welcome to Sand and City, produced by the Local History Center of the Port Washington Public Library, under the direction of Elly Shodell. Created from a series of exhibits, books and public programs originating at the library, this database offers a social history and archival memory bank of Port Washington’s sandmining legacy. Based on the narratives of retired sandminers and their families, Sand and City contains photographs, indexed transcripts, audiotaped excerpts from oral history interviews, narrative text, video clips and scrapbook materials—all illuminating the day-to-day experiences of the men, women and children who spent their lives working and living in and around Port Washington’s unique sandbanks, starting in the 1870s and ending in the 1980s. This presentation expands upon past research conducted for the library’s Sands of Port and Particles of the Past projects.