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COLLECTIONS CORNER

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David Rothman and Albert Einstein, 1939

Last week’s collections corner featured Howell’s Drug Store which is part of today’s Einstein Square. This week, we feature a bit more about Albert Einstein’s time on the North Fork. 
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A couple of years ago, Einstein Square was dedicated as the open area adjacent to the building as well. Why Einstein Square, you ask?
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In 1939, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) walked in off the street into Rothman’s Department Store looking for a pair of sandals (or as David Rothman mistakenly thought he was asking for “sundials”). Einstein had left Germany during a time when Jews were threatened. He summered on what was then called Old Cove Rd in Nassau Point in 1937, 1938 and 1939. The summer of 1939 is famous, as it was from the house in Nassau Point that Einstein signed the letter written to President Franklin D. Roosevelt regarding the scientific project that the Germans were believed to be working on. In response to this letter, the Manhattan Project was set into motion, and the first atomic bomb was developed.
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Einstein did indeed purchase sandals at Rothman’s Department Store, women’s size 11 says the story. He is wearing them in the photos taken of him with David Rothman strolling Nassau Point. Einstein spent many musical evenings with David and other musicians and summers sailing on his boat, the Tineff (which means junk in Yiddish). His love of this area is documented in a collection of letters written in his hand, copies of which are held by Southold Historical Museum.
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Miss last week or looking to catch up on past Collections Corner items? Click the button below to read all about Howell’s Drug Store and other items from our collections.
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WINE BY THE VINES

LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING!

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HARVEST DINNER

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CALL FOR ARTISTS

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A Call for Artists for the 10” x 10” Online Art Exhibition and Sale entitled: 
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Ten Squared: Winter Wonders

Back by popular demand, Ten Squared is a fundraising exhibit and sale for the Southold Historical Museum. The theme of this winter exhibit is entitled Ten Squared: Winter Wonders. In this non-juried exhibition, artists are invited to submit pieces that are 10” x 10” excluding framing. Each work will be sold for $100, half of which will benefit Southold Historical Society. The online exhibit and sale will be Nov 15 – Dec 15, 2021.
“Winter” is a huge concept, so you’ll want to narrow down your creative ideas into a more cohesive theme. It might be winter on the North Fork, it might be a certain culture’s myths and traditions about winter, or it might be interpretations of winter seen through the eyes of different people. What are the natural processes governing winter? What animals and plants thrive during winter? Seasons of change are coming. Share your interpretation, literal or symbolic of Winter Wonders.
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works which measure 10” x 10” and hang ready. All mediums are accepted. Art works should be dry. Please attach a label to the back of the artwork with Artist Name, Title, and Medium. (As noted: all artwork will be sold for $100.00, half which will benefit Southold Historical Museum.) Artists should visit the museum website at www.southoldhistorical.org for the artwork submission form and for more information.
Finished 10” x 10” works with submission forms are due by Friday, October 29, 2021. Please call the office at 631-765-5500 for drop off instructions. Unsold work must be retrieved by January 15, 2022 or it will be recycled. Instructions will follow for pick-up of unsold works.
For more information please email info@southoldhistorical.org (attn: art sale) or call 631.765.5500. 
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SEEKING MUSEUM GIFT SHOP MERCHANDISER

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Do you have a knack for online shopping? Are you comfortable working with computers? The Museum Gift Shop is seeking a tech savvy volunteer merchandiser who can assist with ordering items online. Please contact info@southoldhistorical.org or call 631-765-5500 for more information on this volunteer opportunity!
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October 21
Wine by the Vines at Pellegrini Vineyards
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November 4
Annual Harvest Dinner @ O’Mally’s
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November 26
Annual Candlelight Tour
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December 4
Holiday Fair
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SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL MUSEUM | www.southoldhistorical.org|631-765-5500 |info@southoldhistorical.org

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AAQ / Resource: Joseph Pagac Architect

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