July, 2021

news & updates

7/21 Issue8
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Upcoming Events

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EAST HAMPTON
ANTIQUES & DESIGN SHOW
JULY 16–18, 2021
TO BENEFIT THE EAST HAMPTON
HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MULFORD FARM
SHOWCASING THE FINEST ANTIQUES AND DESIGN DECOR
FOR PURCHASE.
PREVIEW COCKTAIL PARTY
6–8:30 P.M. | FRIDAY JULY 16
SHOW DATES
10 A.M.–6 P.M. |SATURDAY, JULY 17
10 A.M.–5 P.M. | SUNDAY, JULY 18
www.easthamptonhistory.org for tickets and information.
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Save the Date!
Summer Lecture Luncheon
August 12, 2021
Maidstone Club
With special guests David Netto and Robert A.M. Stern!
Tickets on sale soon!
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Children's Craft: Create Your Personal History Timeline
Summer Craft Fun
Make It Mondays: Create Your Own Journal

A Blast from the Past

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As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us remember that the Founders of our country used the lessons of the past to make decisions in the present and to plan for the future.
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Museums also do this as we play a crucial role in preserving history so we may learn from it now and take that knowledge with us into the future.
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With careful documentation and artifact preservation, history can be recorded and remembered, and shared and understood by those from different backgrounds and geographical locations.
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For a hundred years, The East Hampton Historical Society has played an integral role in preserving the history of East Hampton. Our exhibits, buildings, and collections allow us to share stories about how our community and our culture came to be and how they influence us going forward.
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We have a responsibility and duty to provide a sense of place by celebrating our collective heritage, offering innovative ways to learn the history of East Hampton, and inspire a new generation to become the stewards and caretakers of this organization and the objects in its care.
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So, as we celebrate the Fourth, let us also celebrate the history that has forged East Hampton and work together toward a sustainable and fruitful future.
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Cristoff Shay
Interim Director
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Volunteer Spotlight
Jim and Oliva Brooks
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Olivia and Jim Brooks met in the fall of 1965, while they were attending East Hampton High School. After graduation, Jim attended Miami University in Ohio and Olivia attended the State University of New York at Oneonta. They returned to East Hampton to live, work and raise a family. “Is there a more beautiful place in the world?”, asks Jim. They are lucky enough to be a part of a core group of friends who grew up in and now call East Hampton their home.
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Jim started volunteering with the East Hampton Historical Society first, heading the 350th Anniversary. He joined the Board of Directors soon after, to help draft policy for long-term growth, and has been a member of the Board for about fifteen years. He is also a member of our Buildings & Grounds Committee, planning for the preservation of our historic buildings and properties. He is particularly proud of the restoration efforts that have come to fruition at Clinton Academy this summer. Olivia, a teacher at John M. Marshall Elementary School during her career, started volunteering after she retired, around 2006. She could see then that she needed a sense of purpose and wanted to help the Society bring more local families and school groups in to learn about local history.
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For fun, Olivia and Jim enjoy family, friends and Netflix! Jim was entertained by “Breaking Bad,” and Olivia the British television shows. They have travelled extensively, and fondly remember their trips to Hawaii. Jim enjoys gardening and creates replica birdhouses of buildings you may have seen throughout East Hampton, including the Dominy shop, the original East Hampton Library, and the record shop where Olivia worked with her father, who owned the business. Olivia is a member of the LVIS and is the Chairwoman of the Tree Committee. They have two children, Sarah, who is local to East Hampton, and Casey, who lives in Brooklyn; and three grandchildren.
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Olivia and Jim delight in volunteering. They love to visit Mulford Farm, close their eyes, and imagine what life was like here hundreds of years ago. They stand on the property and envision being on that land, looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, and working with their family on the farm. They ask you to come and visit, bring your family, do the same, and enjoy all of the history this town has to offer.
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Visitor Center now OPEN at Clinton Academy
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The Visitor Center and Gift Shop at Clinton Academy are now open!
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Visit for the latest information about the Society, buy tickets to your favorite events, or select a beautiful gift for everyone on your list.
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The Visitor Center will be open Thursday – Saturday, 11:00am-3:00pm. For more information, please call 631-324-6850, or email cshay@easthamptonhistory.org.
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Point of View:

Vintage to New

With Marshall Watson and Sasha Bikoff

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July 17, 2021 5:00pm-6:00pm
East Hampton Library, Baldwin Family Lecture Room
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Join top designers, Marshall Watson and Sasha Bikoff for an intimate discussion about their work, use of vintage antiques, mixing old and new, and how to shop in ecological and reinvented ways in an ever-changing world.
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Discover the inspiration that helps them create as they compare their designs and even show a before and after piece.
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Tickets need to be pre-purchased as space is limited.
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Saturday, July 17, 2021
5:00pm-6:00pm
East Hampton Library
159 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
$40 Members | $50 Non-members
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About our speakers

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Marshall Watson:

New York-based interior designer Marshall Watson is best-known for creating classic, light-filled and elegant interiors with a modern sensibility. Since founding his design firm in 1986, Watson has sought to immerse himself in a range of dynamic projects, no two of which are exactly alike.
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Internationally recognized, his projects have spanned the globe, from Cabo to Stockholm and across the United States. Winner of Traditional Home’s “Designer of the Year” award and featured on Luxe’s Gold List, Watson’s work has been featured on the covers of numerous shelter magazines including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Veranda, Luxe, Cottages & Gardens and Traditional Home. Watson recently completed a major redecoration of New York’s oldest and most venerable women’s club to great acclaim.
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Watson has designed three best-selling furniture collections for Ferrell Mittman. He recently completed a line of couture outdoor carpets for Doris Leslie Blau.
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Sasha Bikoff:

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Sasha Bikoff is known for her flawless execution of bold and colorful maximalist designs sculpted by her vast worldly exploits and experiences. Bikoff’s international style is heavily influenced by the multicultural flair of her hometown, New York City, and from her frequent travels to Paris, Marrakesh and Milan. Sasha studied Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University and the American University in Paris, beginning her career at a world-renowned art gallery before establishing her own interior design firm, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design.
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Sasha has exhibited her work at Art Basel Miami and Salone del Mobile in collaboration with Versace, DIFFA, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala, Holiday House, and the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Sasha has a collection of carpets with her Disco Dots and Zodiac designs, as well as a fabric and wallpaper collection with Fabricut and Vervain, a mosaic tile collection with New Ravenna, and a lighting collection with a Currey & Company.
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Don’t forget to be a part of the Antiques & Design Show!

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Preview Party
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Friday, July 16, 2021
6:00pm-8:30pm
Mulford Farm Museum
10 James Lane
East Hampton, New York 11973
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Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 2, 2021 by clicking the ticket link.
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Orders at the Donor Level and above received by July 2 will be recognized in the Antiques Show program book.
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$2,500 Benefactor (10 Tickets)
$2,000 Patron (8 Tickets)
$1,000 Sponsor (4 Tickets)
$500 Supporter (2 Tickets)
$250 Donor (1 Ticket)
$175 Friend (1 Ticket)
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Antiques & Design Show
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Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, July 18, 2021
Saturday – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am-5:00pm
Mulford Farm Museum
10 James Lane
East Hampton, New York 11973
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$8 for members,
$10 for general admission
If you aren’t a member, or are not sure of your membership status, please email advancement@easthamptonhistory.org.
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Curator’s Corner

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A Tradition of Keeping East Hampton Beautiful

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In John Steinbeck’s novel “Grapes of Wrath” one of his characters muses “How will we know it’s us without our past.”
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This newsletter theme is the role history plays in shaping the present. Here in one of the most beautiful areas anywhere, the superb vistas down our beaches or the waves pounding Montauk’s cliffs were never lost on our earliest inhabitants. The Montaukett relationship with nature is all consuming. The environment is not separate from their bodies, but rather within them. The natural world is a spiritual reality, a sacred fullness that calls for respect and humility.
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The pragmatic first European immigrants came from another type of 17th century culture and were sent here to supply England with the marketable resources that this continent offered. Commerce did not blind them, they mingled the bounty with the beauty that surrounded them.
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By the late 18th century there was a needed movement to clean-up East Hampton’s Main Street. Rev. Lyman Beecher set an example by removing his woodpile from the street and planting flowers in front of his house. He took complete credit for spreading village beautification. By the 1840s the Boarding House Era was in full swing, and it was the charm of an old Main Street with unpainted ancient saltbox houses, fresh ocean breezes and citizens with old fashioned manners that helped fill the spare bedrooms of the Village with summer people.
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By the 1870s national magazines and big city newspapers were sending journalists to report on the wildness of Napeague, the wonders of the Montauk grasslands and the healthful benefits of a summer playing in the surf. The artists Thomas Moran and his wife Mary Nimmo Moran, were horrified by the notion of cutting one of the oldest Main Street trees to make a path to move the old hotel building to Main Beach. Mr. Moran sat on his front porch with an antique rife on his knee to protect it. All ended well, the hotel got to Main Beach and the tree was saved.
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In 1895 twenty-one women started the Ladie’s Village Improvement Society. In their first year report, they were “watering the street, installing oil street lamps, hiring a lamplighter, and caring for street trees and Village greens.” By 1916 they were taking “care of and raising of flags, catching and feeding of swan, sweeping walks and picking-up papers, repair of sprayer and spraying trees and destroying caterpillar tents.”
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Today our communities are ever more beautiful because of our history of tending every aspect of preservation and conservation. It takes more than a village to protect and maintain what we see here every day. The Town and Village governments support numerous parks, beaches, historic sites and museums. In 1922 the Village of East Hampton bought Hook Mill. By 1928 the Village had purchased Home Sweet Home, complete with contents, and opened our first house museum. With zoning regulations and the creation of historic districts both the Town and Village continue to add more preservation projects.
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The East Hampton Historical Society, The Village Preservation Society, The East Hampton Library, Guild Hall, The Thomas Moran Trust, Amagansett Life-Saving & Coastguard Station, Long House Reserve, The Leiber Collection, Ladies” Village Improvement Society, East Hampton Garden Club, The Arts Center at Duck Creek, The East Hampton Town Farm Museum, Montauk Historical Society & Montauk Lighthouse, Amagansett Historical Association, Amagansett Library, The Springs Historical Society, Pollock-Krasner House and Studio, Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, are only a few of the organizations who continue to enrich East Hampton Town’s visual beauty. Add to this list our residents, private foundations, merchants and everyone who loves and supports East Hampton.
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William Murtagh, the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, said it best in 1988 “The past is not the property of historians, it is a public possession.”  In East Hampton, generation after generation has been saving the beauty of our Town. The job is never done; the job goes on forever.
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Hamptons 20th Century Modern

Preserving our Architectural History

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Join us for a panel discussion on Timothy Godbold’s initiative Hamptons20centurymodern, dedicated to celebrating and protecting mid-century American modernist architecture on Long Island.
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Engage with design and architecture professionals to promote preservation of the gems in our midst by architects like Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, Charles Gwathmey, and Norman Jaffe.
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Panelists include Bruce Nagel, architect; Sarah Kautz, Preservation Director at Preservation Long Island; Maureen Erbe, Realtor of Architectural Properties in Los Angles and Palm Springs and Board Member at the Palm Springs Modernism Week; David Netto, Founder/Owner David Netto Design; Ellin Saltzman, owner of Richard Meier-designed Renny & Ellin Saltzman House; Geoff Gehman, arts journalist; and Alastair Gordon, critic and author for Architecture & Design.
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Moderator: Grace Beuley Hunt, Home & Lifestyle Editor, Luxe Interiors + Design
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EHHS in partnership with Luxe Interiors + Design and the Amagansett Free Library.
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Thursday, July 29, 2021
7:00pm
No charge
Photo Credit / left: Saltzman House
Photo by Scott Frances
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Photo Credit / right: Cohen House / Norman Jaffe, Architect
Photo by Jeff Heatley, 1982.
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AAQ / Resource: Westhampton Architectural Glass

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