Photo of the Week 

——- May 13th, 2024 ——-


“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck  


Southampton Schools Music Class Schedule and Concert Program, 1937. (Image from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library & Archive. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

Miss Case, a music teacher at Southampton Schools in the mid-1930s, was a trained violinist and a teacher in the Suffolk Conservatory of Music based in Riverhead. She taught music in many towns on Long Island, including in Southampton Schools where she served as assistant supervisor of music (Southampton Press, 7 May 1937). Shown here are her Southampton Schools music class schedule and a holiday school concert program, both from our Long Island Music Associations Collection.

Miss Case’s typewritten holiday concert program is also marked with a handwritten note that reads: “My first experience as a teacher involved with students’ Christmas program, Southampton.” The program is noteworthy in that we see how the music selections for  holiday school concerts in the mid-1930s in Southampton were primarily Christian/religious based. The program lists a number of Bible readings and religious music selections. 

The music schedule, titled in Miss Case’s handwriting as “My Schedule Southampton 1937,” shows us that Ms. Case held an average of six violin and cello classes on each school day. Kindergarteners received one music class per week on Fridays. Daily music classes began at 8:30 in the morning and continued to the final 3:15 pm class.

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian


“History Through Music”:

A Free Concert Series  

Saturdays, 11AM – 12PM   June 15 – July 20
Registration Required, Seating Is Limited: 631 727-2881 x100

Join us as we celebrate history through music!

This summer music concert series will feature local artists performing classical piano, country, folk, Latin guitar, jazz standards, and classical violin. Choose your favorite, or register to enjoy them all! These concerts are free but registration is required for reserved seating.

June 15 – J. K. Hodge – Classical Pianist

June 22 – Homegrown String Band – Folk Music

June 29 – Country Fried Tom – Country Music

July 6 – D. A. Sempre – Cuban/Bossanova Guitar

July 13 – New York Jazz Mission – Jazz

July 20 – Akiko Kobayashi – Classical Violin


This concert series is funded in part by Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and the Suffolk County Legislature. 


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