Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luce Library Archives for TV Production

Just in time for Halloween, maritime history and ghost stories collide on Syfy’s reality series Ghost Hunters. This Wednesday, October 26 at 9pm, Ghost Hunters will air an investigation of the infamous Matron’s Cottage at Sailors’ Snug Harbor, and the Stephen B. Luce Library plays a key role in telling the story, thanks to the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection located in the Luce Library Archives. The librarians at the Stephen B. Luce library worked closely with Ghost Hunters’ production team in their investigation by providing photographs, documents, and other research materials on the history of Sailors’ Snug Harbor. The Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives, acquired in 1975 and 2008, consists of official documents, scrapbooks, photographs, and much more. To find out more about the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection, please visit the collection’s web site or stop by the Library.

Image from the Sailors' Snug Harbor Photo Gallery. Click the image to see more photos
Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a former seaman’s retirement community located in Staten Island, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains many historic and architecturally significant structures. The Matron’s Cottage is rumored to be the site of a grisly tale of imprisonment and murder; Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson team up with television personality and guest star Meredith Vieira to investigate the cottage’s haunted past. The Ghost Hunters episode will air on Wednesday, October 26 at 9PM on SyFy Channel (Cablevision #48, Fios #180, Direct TV #244).