Oak Hill: Voices from an American Hamlet

An Oral History

by Michael Hayes



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/28/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781434302458

About the Book

     Based upon research and interviews, this book chronicles the recent history of a rural hamlet.  It is an engrossing work that examines topics as diverse as the economic structure, the impact of local baseball on the inhabitants’ lives and the lasting influence that war had not only on the soldier in combat but also on the returned veteran.

      Additionally, the author elicits from the people of Oak Hill insights into their religious beliefs and customs.  He offers a rich portrait of this small village and its people.

      Relying heavily on oral history, this work also utilizes previously untapped primary sources such as privately owned letters and diaries.  Much of this material was analyzed with the cooperation of the local family members and friends who possess these items.

       A wonderful sampling of photographs from area private collections enhances the fabric of this book’s content.


About the Author

Michael Hayes has a Master’s Degree in American History

and has taught U.S. History as an Adjunct Professor at the

State University of New York.  He has contributed to the

Long Island Historical Journal and has had a number

of his original poems published.  Currently Mike is a teacher

in the Social Studies Department in East Meadow High

School.  He serves as President of the Oak Hill Preservation

Association.  Mike divides his time between his homes on
Long Island and in Oak Hill.  mikehayes40@hotmail.com