May 2022

History Matters

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Letter from the Director

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Dear Friends,
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If you’ve driven by the Marine Museum, Moran Studio, or Mulford Farm during a recent morning, you may have seen a school field trip in action. Thanks to the generous support of Sotheby’s International Realty, the East Hampton Historical Society is offering school programs free of charge to local districts. Being able to waive the admission fee is a wonderful way for us to reintroduce our historic sites to students and teachers in our community. 
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When a group of second graders – including my eldest son, Bennett – visited Mulford Farm a few weeks ago, I had the chance to help lead the program. Responding to their questions about the rooms and artifacts on display gave me such a fresh perspective on the site. Unlike many adults, kids are not shy about asking why certain objects are on display or how they were used. After returning to school, the students completed written reflections on their visit, which I had a chance to read when my son brought his worksheet home in his folder. When asked for a list of things he saw, Bennett wrote “the Mulford’s house, chicken coop, barn, and garden.” When asked to identify something he learned, he answered that Colonel David Mulford was in the “Ameracan Revalushin.” I loved what he said was his favorite part of the trip – “Seeing my dad!” As you can imagine, I now keep the worksheet in my office. 
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In addition to engaging students on field trips, the Historical Society is exhibiting their artwork this month at Clinton Academy in an exhibition entitled Bonac: Then & Now. Featuring East Hampton High School student and alumni artists, the show is curated by Rich Mothes and the East Hampton Town Arts Council. Among the pieces on display are charcoal drawings by current students depicting Home Sweet Home, Mulford Farm, and East Hampton’s windmills. Seeing the students’ work inspired my own children to make art portraying Clinton Academy and the Moran Studio.
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Encouraging children to explore our past and appreciate the historical character of our community is a top priority for the East Hampton Historical Society, especially as we celebrate our Centennial. Your ongoing involvement and support will help us to accomplish that goal. The Marine Museum, Moran Studio, and Mulford Farm are opening to the public starting today, tomorrow, and Sunday (May 20 – May 22). I hope we’ll see you!
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Sincerely,
Steve Long
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Mary Busch
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The Historical Society counts on a corps of volunteers from the Garden Club of East Hampton to help make the grounds of our historic properties look beautiful. Several Garden Club members are also on the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society, including Mary Busch. As curator of the garden at the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Home & Studio, Mary and other Garden Club volunteers have been spending hours this spring getting the garden ready to open to the public today. In between her planting, pinching, and weeding, Mary took time to talk about her volunteer work.
  • Tell us about yourself and your connection to East Hampton. 
I grew up on Long Island and I traveled quite a bit as an educator. I lived in Okinawa while I worked for the Department of Defense and I taught for a summer in Poland in the UNESCO school program, but I always loved coming home to Long Island. My roots are here. My grandfather owned a farm in Hauppauge and my parents settled in West Hempstead. When I finished teaching, I wanted to live in a village on Long Island and I just fell in love with the Village of East Hampton. 
  • How did you first get involved with the Historical Society? 
I’ve always been interested in history and wherever I’ve lived, I’ve wanted to learn about the history of that place. I started volunteering with the Historical Society’s Special Events Committee about fifteen years ago. I worked with Jim Oxnam, who was a Board member and chaired the committee responsible for our House and Garden Tour. After a year or so, I remember attending a meeting at Clinton Academy and Jim invited me to join the Board. I’ve been a Trustee ever since.
  • What motivates you to volunteer in the community?
I come from a family where serving the community was very important. Prior to farming, my grandfather worked as a sheriff in Brooklyn. My parents were very involved in local organizations. I enjoy meeting other people through my volunteer work and trying to be of service.
  • Do you donate your time to any other organizations? If so, which ones and what spurred your interest in them? 
I’m on the vestry at St. Luke’s Church and I serve on the Grants Committee for the Village Preservation Society, which recommends funding to local organizations. This past year, we supported food pantries, and a few years ago, we gave a grant to help restore the Hook Schoolhouse, which is now on display behind Clinton Academy. I also volunteer at LVIS and for many years, I was chair of the Landmarks Committee, which recognizes historic preservation in the Village. Recently, the Landmarks Committee provided a grant to help complete the reconstruction of the Dominy Shops.
  • Which of the Historical Society’s sites do you find most interesting? Why?
The Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Home & Studio is my favorite site. I’m especially inspired by Mary Nimmo Moran. She was an artist, a homemaker, a businesswoman, and a gardener. She and her husband left such a legacy of beauty in East Hampton. As curator of her garden, I hope we’re keeping alive the spirit and love she had for horticulture, and helping visitors to the garden connect with East Hampton’s past.
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Work for the Historical Society as a Museum Educator!

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The East Hampton Historical Society is looking for paid Museum Educators to work weekends to interpret our museums and historic sites to the public. 
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The responsibilities of a Museum Educator include helping to manage our sites, providing tours and information to visitors, and encouraging our community to engage with the past. Whatever your historical interest, we have a museum that’s perfect for you, including –
·    Clinton Academy
·    Marine Museum
·    Mulford Farmstead
·    Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Home & Studio
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The hours are 10:30am to 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays with occasional weekdays. To apply or receive more information, please email info@easthamptonhistory.org or call 631.324.6850 x3.
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CURATOR’S CORNER
Welcome to our new Collections Manager, Jaime Karbowiak
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I am absolutely delighted to be the East Hampton Historical Society’s new Collections Manager! Growing up on Long Island, I often made the left turn from Woods Road onto East Hampton’s Main Street to drive past the iconic Mulford Farm site. It is exciting to now be a member of the team working to continue to preserve Mulford Farm and other Historical Society sites that constitute some of East Hampton and Long Island’s most significant historic landmarks.  
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In addition to holding an M.A. in History and being a Certified Archivist, I am currently a doctoral student working towards my Ph.D. in World History. Since 2013, I have worked in collections, archives, and curation at numerous organizations across Long Island and on the East End— including the Long Island Maritime Museum, Suffolk County Historical Society Museum, and the Westhampton Beach and Quogue Historical Societies. Prior to joining the EH Historical Society in April, I served as Senior Archivist for the Robert Moses Collections Project. Funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the project was a rare partnership between Long Island University, New York State Archives, and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to preserve and create access to over 560 feet of historic material.  
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As I have the opportunity to explore, I look forward to sharing additional information with you about some of the many treasures within our collection. You’ve likely spotted an illustration of Clinton Academy on some of our Centennial banners on display in East Hampton Village this month. The image comes from a postcard in our collection. Although it was cropped for the banners, Rip Georges, who designed them, pointed out two gas pumps evident in the lower right corner of the original image. Is it possible that East Hampton residents drove right in front of where the Town House is located today to pump gas for their cars?  
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In fact, they did according to the 1936 Sanborn Fire Insurance map. In this closeup of the map, you’ll see that immediately to the north of Clinton Academy, there are two circles with “G.TS” written next to them. The map’s key indicates that “GT” stood for gas tank. By 1958, the tanks were gone, and the Town House was moved from behind the Methodist Church to its present site. 
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Learn about East Hampton and how Main Street has changed over time. Every Friday, specially-trained educators will take you inside Clinton Academy and the Town House and help you see East Hampton in a completely different way. We’re thrilled to have Hugh King, Historic Site Manager for the Village of East Hampton and Steve Long, Director of the Historical Society lead the year’s inaugural walking tour on May 20.
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Arrive at Clinton Academy, 151 Main Street by 5:45pm so that the tour can begin promptly at 6pm. Be aware that only street parking is available. Guests will be expected to climb steps and navigate uneven, grassy ground. Wear comfortable shoes! If there are accessibility concerns, please contact the Historical Society’s offices.
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Every Friday at 6pm
May 20 – September 2
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Reservations required. $6 per person
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For more information, please email or call us at 631-324-6850 x3
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Gift Shop Full of Unique Gifts Online!

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Check out the great items online!
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You can shop online and have your order shipped directly to you or picked up at Clinton Academy.
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Use code FLASH for 50% off your order.
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Our Visitor Center at Clinton Academy is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 3pm at 151 Main Street, East Hampton.
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East Hampton Historical Society
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East Hampton Historical Society | 151 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937 631.324.6850

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