November news & updates

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11/2021 | Issue 11
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Upcoming Events

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A little sneak peak at our 36th Annual House & Garden Tour. Enjoy seeing five beautiful homes throughout East Hampton.
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Friday November 26th 6pm-8pm
Cocktail Party at Maidstone Club.
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Saturday, November 27th 1pm-4:30pm Tours.
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Dwyer Derrig Design.
Photo by Anthony Crisafulli.
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Aglow A Holiday Experience

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Tour the historic Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio as it is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live Christmas music and a make a small children’s craft.
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Pre-registration is required; no drop ins are permitted.
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December 11th
5pm-7pm
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Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio
229 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
$10 per potential members
$8 per member
$5 for children under 16
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Sponsored by Ben Krupinski Builder
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Victorian Christmas at Moran Studio
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Join us for a very special holiday exhibition at the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio featuring festive decor, period clothing, antique postcards, beautiful silver, and period toys to recreate the atmosphere of a 19th century Christmas celebration.
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Pre-registration is requested.
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December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
December 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
December 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
December 22, 23
11am-3pm
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Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio
229 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
$5 per person
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Visitor Center Highlights
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Get your holiday shopping started
at our Visitors Center!
Holiday notecards available for purchase as shown above!
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With the weather getting colder, this logo fleece will keep you warm all winter long!
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You can purchase it here.
We are open Monday – Friday from 10am – 3pm at Clinton Academy. We hope to see you here!
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Your Help is Needed!

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The East Hampton Historical Society, like so many other non-profits, relies on public support to continue our mission of the preservation of the history and the culture of our community, and we need your help!
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Please consider supporting our Annual Appeal as we move into our centennial year of 2022 as OUR historical society.
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Your generous donation goes to preserving these important landmarks for future generations and ensuring we can continue to offer an exceptional calendar of events and programs.
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Thank you in advance for your support!
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Hello Friends!

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As we prepare for another holiday season in East Hampton, we are reminded that there are many ways to be involved in our community, and specifically with the East Hampton Historical Society. We invite you to be a part of our story – to read through our newsletter to see what’s ahead, to browse through our merchandise at the Visitors Center as you begin your holiday shopping, and to enjoy some of our upcoming seasonal events and programs.
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Quickly approaching are the 36th Annual House & Garden Tour, the Victorian Christmas and Aglow for families at the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio. Details are included here.
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I would also like to welcome our new members to the Society. Through your support, we are able to maintain our seven historic structures, our historic artifacts and archives, and continue to offer quality outreach programs throughout the year. If you have attended one of our book club discussions, our annual lecture series, or our holiday Main Street tours, please consider joining us at the Family level. Your membership includes discounts to our programs and events.
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Finally, I ask that you stay tuned. We have exciting plans for our Centennial celebration in 2022, which begin in January and are planned throughout the year. There will be something for everyone in East Hampton to enjoy.
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Thanks in advance for your consideration. Be well, happy holidays, and we look forward to bringing you an exciting year of programming in 2022.
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Warmest wishes,
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Marianne Della Croce
Director of Visitor Experience
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Join!
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Being a member of the East Hampton Historical Society means you are a part of an extraordinary effort to preserve history for the next generation and beyond.
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Your membership helps us tell the stories of the people and places who have made this community so remarkable, and will ensure the Society is “standing” for years to come.
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Rediscover YOUR history and either join, or renew your membership today.
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Upcoming Programs

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Join us for our Book Club Discussion!
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December 9, 2021, at 7pm
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“The Lost Boys of Montauk” by Amanda Fairbanks who will be joining us for the discussion.
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Amanda M. Fairbanks is a journalist who has worked in the editorial department of The New York Times, as a reporter for HuffPost, and at The East Hampton Star, where she wrote investigative stories, features, and profiles. Her writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Atlantic, and The San Francisco Chronicle. A graduate of Smith College and a former Teach for America corps member, she has two master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and currently lives with her family in Sag Harbor. In this book, she examines the profound shift of Montauk from a working-class village—“a drinking town with a fishing problem”—to a playground for the ultra-wealthy, seeking out the reasons that an event more than three decades old remains so startlingly vivid in people’s minds. She explores the ways in which deep, lasting grief can alter people’s memories through the tragedy of Wind Blown, a commercial fishing boat. And she shines a light on the powerful and sometimes painful dynamics between fathers and sons, as well as the secrets that can haunt families from beyond the grave.
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The book is available through the Suffolk County Cooperative Library System for interlibrary loan, as well as for purchase or download on Amazon.
Society members and the public are welcome at no charge.
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Registration is required.
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You can register here.
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The 2022 Winter Lecture Series: 100 Years of the East Hampton Historical Society
The History Behind the Facades: Our Buildings Tell Our Stories
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7pm at the East Hampton Library in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room
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Friday, January 28th, 2022
Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio
Speakers: Robert Hefner
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Friday, February 25th, 2022
East Hampton Marine Museum
Speaker: Jacqueline Marks
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Friday, March 25th, 2022
Clinton Academy and the Schoolhouses
Speaker: David Cataletto
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Friday, April 29th, 2022
Mulford Farm
Speaker: Hilary Osborn-Malecki
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Refreshments and snacks will be served.
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Contact Marianne for more information.

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Kids!

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Join us at the Hedges-Edwards Barn at Mulford Farm on Wednesday, November 24thfrom 10am-11:30am to help us decorate our Clinton Academy float for the Santa Parade.
Then on December 4th, walk with our float in the parade.
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For more information, contact Marianne.
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Reservations for decorating not required.

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Volunteer Spotlight

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James Blauvelt

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Jim Blauvelt first started coming to East Hampton in 1980 as a house guest and quickly fell in love with the area and its unique mix of rural beauty, history, and cultural sensibilities. He currently lives in the Northwest Woods in a house he finished twenty years ago. Originally just a weekender from the city, he has increasingly spent more and more time on the east end and now lives here almost full time.
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Jim became more involved with the East Hampton Historical Society when he was invited to become a board member four years ago. He began supporting the Holiday House Tour and Antiques & Design Show, but he enjoys participating in all the Society’s special events. Says Jim, “Aside from the satisfaction of supporting the Society’s programs and initiatives, he’s enjoyed meeting and connecting with my fellow board members, committee members and the community at large which support our programs in great numbers.” He, like many of us, feels that East Hampton feels like a much closer and cohesive community when you see your neighbors and friends over and over.
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Jim really appreciates the sense of community here in East Hampton. He has been surprised and delighted but the breadth and depth of the Society’s work and ambitious objectives. He originally did not know how much the quality of life in East Hampton is impacted by the historical society and other institutions here.
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For fun, Jim travels and enjoys the amazing variety of activities and events in our beautiful community with his friends and after a 40-year career at the Waldorf Astoria. He now consults on the historic restoration and reopening of this extraordinary landmark.

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Our Staff Grows!!

Dafne Barrios

The East Hampton Historical Society welcomes Dafne Barrios as our new Office Manager!
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Dafne is originally from East Hampton where she was born and raised. She is of Guatemalan decent, and currently lives with her parents, brother and two dogs which she adopted from ARF (Osito, Pomeranian & Rex, Beagle).
She is a Criminal Justice & Paralegal graduate from Suffolk County Community College and she is currently finishing her studies as a Criminal Justice Practice & Policy student at St. Joseph’s College. She anticipates that she will graduate in May 2022. She loves to read (mysteries & thriller stories especially), walk on the beach, spend time with her family, and complete diy projects.
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Dafne is excited to be a part of the East Hampton Historical Society because, “history has always been fascinating to me and to be able to learn more of the history of the town that I live and grew up in is pretty awesome!”
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Welcome Dafne!
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Curator’s Corner

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the 1880s & 1890s
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From 1863 to 1939, the fourth Thursday of November was celebrated as a day of thanksgiving in most of America. Though President George Washington in 1789, was the first President to recommend that Thursday, November 26th, be a special thanksgiving day to honor “That great and glorious Being , who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be,” Washington’s celebration day was declared only for that year. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln officially determined a yearly Thanksgiving Day be held on the fourth Thursday in November. In 1886 President Grover Cleveland issued a proclamation designating Thursday, November 25th as a day set apart for Thanksgiving. Every president there after annually proclaimed Thanksgiving Day. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt tackled this beloved day of thanksgiving in 1939, he proclaimed the third Thursday of November to be the day for thanksgiving dinners. He did this for economic reasons, thinking an extra week of Christmas shopping would be a boost for merchants. Congress was not impressed with his action; a proclamation was issued by the President in 1941 to return turkey day to the fourth Thursday.
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Reading through early issues of the East Hampton Star can give us an idea of what was happening out here at Thanksgiving time at the end of the 19th century:
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November, 27, 1886 issue:
East Hampton, “A large number of scholars attending the schools in this Village went to Amagansett on Wednesday to listen to the Thanksgiving exercise given by the scholars of the school at that place and were well pleased with the entertainment.”
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November 19, 1887 issue:
Sag Harbor, “There will be a ‘Poultry Supper’ in Washington Hall on Thanksgiving night, November 24th. Good music will be furnished.”
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Sag Harbor, “The Engraver’s Social Club of this Village will hold their first annual ball on Thanksgiving eve. It is said by those who know, that the Masonic Hall will be well filled. The boys have been to considerable expense and are to have the ‘Carl Sohm Club’ musicians of New York City to furnish the music. If you want to secure your ticket in time , they are at Hennigar’s Millinery Store.”
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November 17, 1888 issue:
East Hampton, “Now that Election Day is gone, another great day looms upon us. President Cleveland has issued his proclamation setting apart Thursday, the 26th of November as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer. Unlike Election Day, Thanksgiving leaves no regrets or unpleasant memories behind, save perhaps with those who have too warmly fondled their turkey or made a little too free with—hard cider.”
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November 6, 1891 issue:
East Hampton, “It is now officially announced that the establishment of the East Hampton & Amagansett Driving Park Assoc. will take place on Thanksgiving. Horses must be entered by November 21st to M. Osborne. Trotting to commence at 12:30 pm.”
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November 18, 1892 issue:
East Hampton, “All members of the East Hampton Social Club are cordially invited to attend a social hop at Clinton Hall on Thanksgiving night November 24th.”
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November 17, 1893 issue:
East Hampton, “Thanksgiving Premium: We shall print a coupon in our issue of November 24thentitling everyone who buys the paper to a reproduction in oil colors of the great floral picture ‘An American Bounty.” Be sure to get a coupon entitling you this magnificent gift.”
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November 23, 1894 issue:
East Hampton, “Union School rhetorical exercises in Miss Thompson’s room on Wednesday, The subject: Thanksgiving.”
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Photo Caption: Embossed post card sent in 1908 to Miss Nettie Edwards, East Hampton, Long Island, New York from Henry G. of Southold, NY.
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