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Feb 9, 2016 5:16 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Stony Brook Univeristy Establishes Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History With Gift From Gardiner Foundation

Commemorating the gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, establishing an endowed chair in the Department of History known as the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History, Executive Director Kathryn M. Curran enjoys a tour of the Melville Library Special Collections at Stony Brook University. COURTESY OF STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
Feb 9, 2016 5:16 PM

Stony Brook University recently announced plans to create an endowed chair in the Department of History following a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The position, to be called the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History, will be filled by one of three candidates selected from the College of Arts and Sciences who will focus on increasing interest in the history of Long Island and its place in United States history, the university said in a press release.

This latest contribution to the study of Long Island history is one of many the Gardiner Foundation has made over the years, including the Gardiner scholarships awarded to students who show promise as historians and the Gardiner Graduate Fellowship, which supports graduate students studying American History.

“We fund local historical societies to fulfill their mission as stewards of Suffolk County history,” explained Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Gardiner Foundation.

Robert “Bob” Lion Gardiner, who died in August 2004, was the last heir in the long line of Gardiners that occupied East Hampton since 1669. As the namesake to Gardiner’s Island, their legacy is documented throughout major events in the town’s history such as the first witch hunt and witch trial in the American colony and the visit of pirate Captain William Kidd, the foundation’s website recounts.

Ms. Curran said Mr. Gardiner dedicated his life to uniting historical societies and finding new information and new ways at looking at history.

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