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5/21 Issue 6
Seeking Volunteer Docents

Looking for a great way to meet new people and learn something new? The East Hampton Historical Society is seeking volunteer docents to interpret our historic sites to the visiting public. Duties include creating intellectual and emotional connections to the exhibits for our visitors by walking visitors through the exhibits, and creating positive learning experiences for the visitors, answering questions as needed. 
Training will be provided to learn about the historic artifacts, exhibitions and historic content of the sites.

We are seeking docents for the East Hampton Marine Museum, which will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am-3pm. If you’re able to volunteer for one shift, or for multiple shifts, we are interested in you!

If interested, please email Marianne Della Croce.  
East Hampton Lil’ Explorers
Family Drop-In Program for Summer Fun!

Drop over to Mulford farm for some "historic" adventures with the Society's education team.

Each day will explore a different theme full of activities, games, and education. All supplies are included, and there is no charge for accompanying adult.

Monday – Young Writers: Ready to earn the Nobel Prize for Literature? Start here! On Monday, August 2nd, we will make our own journals and write a story using historic photos as our prompts. We will also be making our own invisible ink to write secret messages to our friends!

Tuesday – Forces of Nature: Unleash your outdoor curiosity! On Tuesday, August 3rd, we will explore a historic garden and have the chance to sow some seeds there! We will also take a nature walk, create a suncatcher from what we find, and learn about the ecosystem in our own backyard.

Wednesday – Games Galore: On Wednesday, August 4th, play games like East Hampton Kids of yore! Try your hand at rolling a hoop and making your own whirligig! Practice your hand at playing marbles and jacks too.

Thursday – Time Travelers: It’s not your parents’ summer program, but we will be doing activities like they did when they were kids waaaaaay back in the 1980s! On Thursday, August 5th, we will create your own magnetic tetris puzzle, design tubular 80s shades, and make individualized lanyards. Totally rad, dude!

Friday – Concoctions and Potions: End the week with our ice cream party! On Friday, August 6th, we will stir, shake and mix common household items for a sweet snack or two (contains dairy).  Stir up your own tornado in a quick science project too. 

August 2-6, 2021
$15 Future Members per day
$10 Members per day
Curator's Corner
Gwathmey Cottage built in 1965
Being a curator at an historical society means that your purview extends far beyond the objects and buildings owned by a museum. Besides having a grasp of the community’s history (prehistoric to pandemic), you also get to know the families and their genealogies. You come to know the buildings and landscapes around you. Somehow you curate all this diverse material into a myriad of stories, programs and exhibitions. Curators are educators.

Our theme for this month’s newsletter is history’s role in influencing the present. Fashion and design instantly cross my mind. Look at the architecture we see, everyday, all around us. We know our streetscapes are changing. So let us turn to the 1960s for inspiration.

After the Second World War, architectural design often appeared chaotic. In the 1950s passion continued for split-level ranch houses and Cape Cod cottages. European modern design began to take over for the young couples of the 1960s. “From Bauhaus to Our House” was the title of Tom Wolfe’s 1981 rant against the homogenized modernist inspired buildings that so influenced young couples in the ‘60s.      

In East Hampton there was an awakening, of sorts, towards the innovative possibilities that modernist design offered those seeking the perfect sunlit beach house. Indeed one of the most brilliant (and famous) examples of this creative style was constructed on Bluff Road, Amagansett, in 1965. Designed by Charles Gwathmey, for his parents, the Gwathmey Cottage & Studio is a masterpiece of modern design. Truly a sculpture, when first built it was surrounded by flat fields. It stood like a beacon of modern beauty as it overlooked the dunes. By the way, the budget for the project was $35,000.00. It was soon followed by a number of stunning new cottages.

By the late 1980s, modernism seemed out of step with the taste of a new generation. Older designs like the Shingle-Style had taken over the lanes and streets. The International Style gave way to Post-Modernism. But if you drive down Amagansett’s Bluff Road today, you will notice that modernism has lately returned. The scale is certainly larger than the Gwathmey Cottage (at 1680 square feet), but the aesthetic is there. The bold geometry is accented by exterior white walls. The cycle of style comes and goes. What is old, becomes new again.
Virtual Book Club: A Day Like Any Other: The Great Hamptons Hurricane of 1938 by Genie Chipps Henderson

Join the EHHS for their virtual Book Club as they explore A Day Like Any Other: The Great Hamptons Hurricane of 1938 a novel by Genie Chipps Henderson on May 13 at 7:00pm on Zoom.

This is a thrilling story of a day that began much like any other at the ragtag end of the summer season on the eastern end of long island - better known as the Hamptons. The Storm, coming without warning, caught the summer colonists and locals alike off guard as it made landfall at 3:00pm. It brought with it unprecedented wind, rain, and waves so powerful they were recorded on seismographs 5000 miles away in Alaska.

Henderson's skillful storytelling is based on carefully researched facts and woven into an amazing story with compelling characters.

Historic photos and research with be shared by the Author who will be joining the discussion, as well as items from the Society's archive.

If you have any photos you would like included, please email

Thursday, May 13, 2021
No charge
Join us for our Book Club Discussion! 

“Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach” by Helen Harrison, who will be joining us for the discussion, and Constance Ayers.

For more than two centuries, the Hamptons have been home to a vibrant community of artists and writers, lured by the golden dunes, refreshing breezes, radiant landscapes, and frequent visits from the Muse. It was here that Winslow Homer painted bathers and strollers on the ocean beach and Lee Krasner created her Earth Series in a cramped studio shared with her husband, Jackson Pollock. From Herman Melville to F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck to George Plimpton, these are just a few of the gifted figures to draw inspiration from this famous and fashionable retreat. Richly illustrated with archival photos and reproductions of the artists' work, Hamptons Bohemia chronicles the evolution of a community and the colorful characters who have inhabited it.

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. Registration is required. You can register here:  

For more information, or for questions on how to register for the program, please contact Marianne Della Croce at 

At each discussion, participants can offer suggestions for future readings. Recommended books should directly relate to the mission of the East Hampton Historical Society and be readily available for both digital download and purchase online.

Thursday, June 10, 2021
No charge

This special live Zoom event takes virtual visitors on a tour of world famous artist studios — national landmarks located in East Hampton, New York. Doors virtually open to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center at 4pm, and then participants visit the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio at 4:30pm on guided tours using Zoom. There is no charge, but registration is required.

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
with Education Coordinator, Joyce Raimondo

Education Coordinator, Joyce Raimondo will virtually guide visitors through Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's home and studio - a national landmark located in East Hampton, New York. Discover creative ways Pollock and Krasner expressed their feelings with paint. Discuss the art displayed in their home and explore the barn studio filled with paint splatters -- evidence of their masterpieces.

Pollock is best known for applying house paint from sticks onto canvases placed on the floor of his barn studio. He walked around all four sides of the paintings as he created imagery that captures movement and energy. Krasner, also an abstract painter, is known for her innovative technique of cutting up earlier work to create new painting/collages.

with Chief Curator, Richard Barons

Join Chief Curator, Richard Barons, on a virtual tour of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio - national historic landmark, located in East Hampton, New York. In 1884, Moran built the first artist's studio in East Hampton which marked the beginning of the village as an artist's colony. The Moran Studio has been described as "a quirky, Queen Anne style-studio cottage.” Thomas Moran is widely known for his landscape paintings of the Rocky Mountains, and Mary Nimmo Moran for her landscape prints, particularly her etchings.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
No charge