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The Long Island Maritime Museum
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Long Island History, Museum Education, Material Culture, Long Island Oyster Industry, Deep Sea Whaling Industry, Historical Memory, Women in History, Native American History,
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About Me

Erin Becker is the Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, NY. Her research focuses on the convergence of women, labor, and the environment through a global extractive maritime economy. Her work in museums grapples with investing local peoples in their resources (historical, environmental, and archaeological) as stakeholders through outreach, museum education, and the development of new public programming. Erin earned her BA in Anthropology and History in 2017 and her MA in History in 2018. Her archaeological field experiences during her undergraduate studies took her to the forests of Southeastern Connecticut, the wilds of California and Nevada’s Western Great Basin, and the suburbs of Long Island.

During her graduate studies at Stony Brook, Erin research the researched the participation of Long Island Native peoples (specifically the Shinnecock, Montaukett, and Unkechaug nations) in the deep sea whaling industry, fishing industry, and the military; Erin focused on the ways in which women participated in these traditionally masculinized industries through and beside their husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, etc.

Erin has previously worked as an archaeology educator with the Suffolk County Archaeological Association and a museum educator with the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Her most recent project looked at the oyster industry of the Great South Bay- the Dutch immigrant labor force, the ecology of the Bay, and the global impacts of Long Island Blue Points. Erin’s interest in the marine environment of Long Island has driven her to volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Horseshoe Crab Survey and with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for beach cleanups, sea turtle necropsies, and seal population surveys.

In collaboration with Caroline Propersi-Grossman, Erin has created a podcast, titled “Scholars Beyond The Tower: Conversations From Our Fields”, which launched in June 2020.

Recent Publications

Review of Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean, Global Maritime History (September 21, 2020)

Great Grandma Barrett was a Shining Woman: Reflections on the Radium Girls and Industrial Disease. Presentation for South Country Library (July 2020).

Review of Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History, Global Maritime History. May 18, 2020.

“A Light in the Undark: Erin Becker and the Radium Girls,” The Long Island History Project. March 28, 2020. 

Review of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, Global Maritime History (March 16, 2020) 

Review of Waterfront Manhattan, Global Maritime History, January 6, 2020.

“How Archaeologists Peer From Space into Our Past,” Review of Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past, Read More Science, December 20, 2019.

“Great Grandma Barrett was a Shining Woman: Reflections on the Radium Girls and Industrial Disease,” Gotham Center for New York City History, December 3, 2019.

“A Long Islander’s Depiction of Unkechaug Women,” NY History Blog: Historical News & Views from the Empire State, October 29, 2019.

“Dutch Baymen, Blue Points, and Oyster Crazed New Yorkers,” Gotham Center for New York City History,  June 6, 2019.

“Not Your Grandmother’s Museum: Erin Elizabeth Becker and Modern Museums,” The Long Island History Project. February 26, 2019.


Media Coverage,112753
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Family, Labor, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Women