October 2023

History Matters

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Letter from the Director
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the History Festival on October 1! Despite needing to reschedule due to rain, we were thrilled to welcome 400 attendees who enjoyed historical exhibits, demonstrations, games, and music as part of East Hampton’s 375th Anniversary celebration. 
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The History Festival was truly a community-wide event and we’re very grateful to all the local organizations who agreed to participate, including the Amagansett Life Saving Station Museum, Amagansett Library, the East End Classic Boat Society, the East Hampton Garden Club, the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum, the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, East Hampton Village Historic Services, Eastville Historical Society, Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery, Lion’s Club, the Ladies Village Improvement Society, the League of Women Voters, Montauk Library, the Montaukett Nation, the Shinnecock Nation, the Springs Historical Society, the 3rd NY Regiment, and the Wainscott Heritage Project. 
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Thank you, too, to Ken Collum, Charles Keller & Glenn Purcell, Hugh King, Deb Klugher, Teresa Lawler, Rich Mothes, Lois Oliver & Charlotte Raynor, Don Smith, Steve Talmage, Marith Thorsen, and Peter Zegler & Bob Beck. 
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We also appreciated having so many student volunteers from East Hampton High School. They were tremendously helpful with setting up, presenting, and breaking down the event.
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Finally, a huge thank you to Barbara Borsack who chaired the Festival Planning Committee with Jim and Olivia Brooks, David Cataletto, Marjorie Diamond, Cathy Humphrey, and Hilary Osborn Malecki. The countless hours that Barbara and the Committee spent planning the Festival really paid off! 
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My family had a blast at the History Festival. One of the highlights for my son was seeing the Revolutionary War re-enactors from the 3rd New York Regiment demonstrate their encampment, musketry, and cannon. He also enjoyed the student artwork depicting the windmills and watching Ken Collum work the blacksmith forge. If there was something at the Festival that your family especially enjoyed, please share it with us on Instagram or Facebook!
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Sincerely,
Steve Long, Executive Director
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MEET OUR NEW CURATOR OF COLLECTIONS: ANNA MULLER
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Tell us about your background, interests, and goals for the future. 
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I live with my partner, Tim, and our two four-legged children. In my spare time I like to play in my soccer league, play video games, cook, garden, and write. I got my bachelor’s in anthropology at SUNY Cortland and a few years later pursued my master’s at FIT in the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, and Museum Practice program. I have always been drawn to human culture and material culture and have a love for modern fashion, so I tied my interests together with these programs. In the future, I would love to publish a book, present at a conference, and build a flourishing fruit garden.
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What has surprised you most about East Hampton? 
The traffic!
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Describe your work at the Historical Society. 
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As the Curator of Collections, my main responsibility is to care for the objects within the collection at all of our historic sites. I help identify objects that need treatment, figure how to best store them in the proper conditions, and digitize all of the information about each individual object so it is readily available in our collection database for anyone to research. Some other responsibilities include processing object donations, overseeing research appointments, processing loans, and curatorial work. My work is rarely the same day-to-day and that’s one part about the job that I really enjoy!
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What spurred your interest in historical collections? 
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My background in anthropology has led to a deep interest in how humans use tools and objects to manipulate the world around them for survival. I enjoy learning about the stories connected to historical objects and am always in awe of just how much information can be gleaned from a single object. And I enjoy being in the position to observe, handle, and interpret rare historical objects.
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Which of the Historical Society’s sites do you find most interesting? Why?
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I’ve been very drawn to the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio due to the eclectic nature of its architecture and stylistic mix of decorative arts. I’m intrigued by the artists community at the turn of the century and their relationship with East Hampton. I also have a soft spot for Mulford Farmstead, walking through you can imagine the people who lived and worked in the space, I think it’s a great window into daily life of the past.
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Amagansett Maritime Heritage Day

Saturday, October 7, 10AM – 1PM

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On Saturday, October 7, join us for Amagansett Maritime Heritage Day in collaboration with the Amagansett Life Saving Station. Activities and tours will be held at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum (301 Bluff Road) and the Amagansett Life Saving Station Museum (160 Atlantic Avenue) to celebrate our historical connections with the sea. 
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“Celebrating Bonac” at the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum
131 North Main Street
Sunday, October 15, 3PM to 5PM
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Opening with the short concept trailer for “The Bonackers” documentary, the afternoon features a lively conversation about the history, ongoing struggles, and resilience of the historic Bonacker community and the Montaukett People and Freetown communities, as well.
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Join us for a historical guided tour this week!

Friday, October 6, 3PM
Tour of Mulford Farmstead 
(10 James Lane, East Hampton)
Friday, October 6, 5:30PM
Tour of the South End Cemetery
(Meet at Home Sweet Home Museum, 14 James Lane, East Hampton)
Saturday, October 7, 10AM
Tour the Dominy Shops Museum
(73 North Main Street, East Hampton)
Sunday, October 8, 10AM.
Tour of the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Home & Studio
(229 Main Street, East Hampton)
Check out our website for the rest of the October schedule.
For more information, please email or call us at 631-324-6850
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Hamptons International Film Festival

Exhibition at Clinton Academy

October 6 – 12 from 12 Noon – 4PM

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From the Collections

As we prepare for our new collections storage facility, we’ve been inventorying thousands of artifacts in the Historical Society’s collection. Among the objects in the collection are two dozen planes that were donated by Frank Eldredge. Hand planes were – and still are – used to smooth and shape pieces of wood.
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Born in 1885, Eldredge was a long-time builder in the community and widely recognized as an expert on East Hampton’s early builders and building tools. He was one of the founders of the East Hampton Historical Society in 1921, and his younger sister, Mary, served as the organization’s first curator.
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One of the oldest planes from Eldredge’s collection was made by Enos Baldwin sometime between 1807 and 1829. At the same time, Mottram was manufacturing planes that the Dominys used in their shops. While Mottram was based in Yorkshire, England, Enos Baldwin made his tools first in Albany and later in New York City.
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In addition to collecting woodworking tools, Frank Eldredge often demonstrated their use. At “Forefathers Day,” an annual celebration of colonial and early American crafts held at Clinton Academy in the early 1940s, he showed how to use a spring pole lathe. The Dominys used a similar lathe in their woodworking shop.
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When looking back at East Hampton one hundred years ago, I’m always impressed by the depth of community involvement among so many residents. In addition to the Historical Society, Frank Eldredge served as a member of the Lion’s Club, an elder in the Presbyterian Church for 27 years, a Director of the East Hampton National Bank, and the Secretary Treasurer of Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Not surprisingly, he was buried in Cedar Lawn when he passed away in 1965. He was also a prolific photographer and almost a hundred of his photos are in the Long Island Collection at the East Hampton Library.
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Be part of our 38th Annual House & Garden Tour!

Friday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25

It’s our 38th Annual “House & Garden Tour” fundraiser, which kicks off with a Cocktail Party on Friday, November 24 and the Tour on Saturday, November 25! Dedicated in memory of Joseph Aversano, the long-time Chair of the House & Garden Tour, this year’s edition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see five spectacular houses located in East Hampton Village and the Devon Colony. 
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Please join us as a “Tour Sponsor,” which entitles you to attend the Cocktail Party on the evening before the Tour. “Tour Sponsors” will be acknowledged in the House & Garden Tour invitation and program that is distributed to all attendees and friends of the Historical Society. Last year’s tour sold out so buy your tickets soon!
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Cocktail Party: Friday, November 24 from 6 – 8pm
House & Garden Tour: Saturday, November 25 from 1 – 4:30pm
Photo courtesy of VERANDA magazine
Photographer: Pascal Chevallier
Stylist: Hillary Robertson 
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Join us in supporting historic preservation in East Hampton

31st Annual Landmarks Luncheon presented by the LVIS

Saturday, November 4, 11:30AM – 2:30PM

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LOST MODERN:

Mid-Century Architectural Treasures of East Hampton

Alastair Gordon, a critic, curator, cultural historian, and author of several books, including Long Island Modern: The First Generation of Modernist Architecture on Long Island, 1925-1960,will illuminate the story of East Hampton’s pioneering Postwar architects and shine a light on the important modernist houses that still survive.
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