June 2024

History Matters


Letter from the Director
Dear Friend,
I’m delighted we’re kicking off the 16th season of Marine Explorers later this month. During this hands-on program at the Marine Museum, kids learn maritime history, environmental studies, and water safety, and explore a variety of art mediums. I’m especially happy that Ryder Nadel, a second grader at Amagansett School who is attending his third year of Marine Explorers, will join artists like Scott Bluedorn, Janet Jennings, Rory McNish, Tim Regan, Bill Stewart, and Mark Wilson by exhibiting his work at the Marine Museum this month.
Entitled Found: A Series of Collections from Our Beaches, the exhibition features objects that Ryder discovered on East End beaches. Since he was a preschooler, he and his dad, Lee, have fished, hiked, and walked our beaches, finding trash and treasure everywhere. These jaunts sparked Ryder’s interest in conservation and at age four, he decided he didn’t want to have balloons at his birthday again. Marine Explorers also played an important role in spurring Ryder’s appreciation for marine life and the East End’s beaches. Picking up trash also led to the discovery of beautiful things in neglected places. This dichotomy is the essence of this show: from trash to treasure, from new to old and new again, from waste to conservation, from lost to found.
Thanks to Stacy Myers, Director of Education at the Historical Society, for working with Ryder and his parents to curate the exhibition. I hope you’ll join us for the exhibition’s opening reception tomorrow, Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 5:30pm at the Marine Museum. The Historical Society is eager to continue exhibiting the work by our students. If you have a young artist to recommend, please email or call us at 631.324.6850.
Steve Long, Executive Director
Photo of Ryder at Marine Explorers by Stacy Myers.
Photo of Found artwork by Kelly Nadel


Annual Membership Party

Saturday, June 22

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Don’t miss the Historical Society’s annual Membership Party!


  • $200 includes one Membership Party ticket and an individual Historical Society membership.
  • $500 includes two Membership Party tickets, a Family Membership, and inclusion in our Annual Report and Donor Wall at Clinton Academy.
And, consider joining us in the New Century Circle at the $5,000 level to receive special Membership benefits.
The location of the Membership Party is made available upon registration. Please email with any questions about Historical Society memberships or the party.
Photo credit: Chris Foster / Design: John Haubrich


The Eye of Rory 

Photography Exhibition at Clinton Academy
Opening Sunday, June 9, 2-6 PM 
In the exhibition, entitled 40 years of Photography, Rory MacNish’s photographs and videography present his decades-long understanding of the light of the East End with scenes from land and sea. Growing up in the community, Rory developed a sense of the landscape and natural world, and his artwork captures the farming, fishing, and landscapes of the North and South Forks of Long Island.
Join Rory for an opening reception on June 9 from 2 PM – 4 PM at Clinton Academy, 151 Main Street in East Hampton.

Visit our Historic Sites this weekend!

This weekend’s schedule:
Friday, June 7
Saturday, June 8
11 AM – 4 PM: Visit Mulford Farmstead
Sunday, June 9
Check out our website for information about all our events and programs.
For more information, please email or call us at 631-324-6850


Marine Explorers Summer Program

Starts later this month!

Join our Marine Explorers Summer Program, a hands-on educational program exploring maritime history, environmental studies, water safety, and a variety of art mediums.
Program Dates:
  • June 24-28 (Ages 6-8)
  • July 15-19 (Ages 9-12)
  • August 5-9 (Ages 9-12)
Duration: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost Per Student: $800/week
Address: East Hampton Town Marine Museum, 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett
Marine Explorers photo: Stacy Myers


Hats Off: 300 Years of Headwear in East Hampton

Exhibition opening next month! 


Anna Muller, Curator of Collections at the Historical Society is developing an exhibition entitled, Hats Off: 300 Years of Headwear in East Hampton. Thanks to her research, we discovered that the store of Van Scoy & Dayton (later known as Van Scoy, Dayton & Stratton) at 69 Main Street, opened a millinery department in early 1897. The following year, they posted an advertisement in the East Hampton Star announcing that “our trimmer, Miss Tydings” was ready to take orders for ladies’ headwear. As Anna noted, the rise of the department store reflected a new way for local East Hampton residents to acquire their hats. Rather than home industry or mail order, a person could go to Van Scoy & Dayton and either purchase some “ready mades,” or hire a milliner like Miss Tydings, who appeared to work seasonally at the store, commuting between East Hampton and New York City. ​
Come to see the exhibition at Clinton Academy next month to learn much much more about the meaning of hats in East Hampton!
Photo of Van Scoy & Dayton circa 1900. Courtesy of The East Hampton Star Photo Archive, digitallongisland.org

Golf Outing at the Maidstone Club

Now scheduled for next Wednesday, June 12

Limited Space Available!

Due to inclement weather on May 23, our Golf Outing was rescheduled, which means there’s still time to play one of America’s premier golf courses while helping to support the East Hampton Historical Society.
Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30am. The Shotgun Start is between 1 and 1:30pm with a reception and awards ceremony following your round.
  • $5,000 per Foursome
  • $1,300 per Individual Player
You can also bid on great golf packages in our online auction!


18th Annual Antiques & Design Show Benefit

Preview Party – Friday, July 12

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Get ready for the 18th Annual Antiques & Design Show benefiting the East Hampton Historical Society, which will take place on Historic Mulford Farm. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Anthony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, the principals of Ingrao, the internationally recognized design and architecture firm.
Join us for the Preview Cocktail Party on Friday July 12, 6 PM to 8 PM, and for the show, Saturday, July 13, 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, July 14, 10 AM to 5 PM.
Photo Credit: Durell Godfrey




AAQ / Resource

Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects 


AAQ / Resource

Araiys Design Landscape Architects