Breeze through our list of upcoming events and happenings for ways you can enjoy the Southampton Historical Museum.


Wednesday, February 22 12:00PM RESERVE SPACE

To Possess A Human Soul: Slavery and the American Presidency with Marilyn Carminio

The history of slavery is largely anonymous and the stories of the enslaved are often relegated to a footnote in history. Because of their proximity to American presidents, the histories of those enslaved by these men are well documented, although not widely known. Through vivid portraits we will learn about their daily lives and how they made sense of their existence as human beings. We will meet a Revolutionary War hero; relive dramatic escapes; become acquainted with the first African American celebrity athletes; and attend an important White House dinner. Their stories are sure to inform and inspire you. Co-sponsored by the Southampton Historical Museum and Rogers Memorial Library.
LOCATION: Morris Meeting Room in the Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, SH
FEE: Free Admission
TO REGISTER: Visit or call (631) 283-0774 x 523.

Saturday, February 25 05:00PM RESERVE SPACE

Literature and Libations with Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan

Come enjoy an evening of live poetry readings, followed by a reception at the Southampton Inn. Poets will be selected and introduced by Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, Suffolk County Poet Laureate 2009-2011, Founder and President of Long Island Poetry Place and Poet in Residence at the Rogers Mansion. Co-sponsored by the Southampton Inn and the Southampton Historical Museum.
LOCATION: The Southampton Inn, 91 Hill Street, SH
FEE: Free Admission
TO REGISTER: Call the Southampton Inn, (631) 283-6500

Saturday, March 4 04:00PM RESERVE SPACE

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry

This interactive and inclusive exhibit adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village’s prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry. The Year of the Whale will be on display at the Southampton Historical Museum from March 4 to December 30, 2017.
LOCATION: Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
BEGINS: Saturday, March 4th: 4:00 – 6:00 PM (Opening Reception, Free Admission)
ENDING: Saturday, December 30, 2017
TIMES: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
FEE: $4, Free for Members and Children 17 & under

Thursday, March 9 01:00PM RESERVE SPACE

The Men Who Hunted the Whale: Southampton’s Many Sea Captains

Toward the end of the 19th century, well past the days of the great whaling boom, historian William S. Pelletreau counted some 40 whaling captains still living in Southampton and noted that their lives and adventures would make a “work of the greatest interest.” In his talk, Southampton Historical Museum Executive Director Tom Edmonds will offer highlights from the lives of some of these courageous seamen. Following the talk all are invited to the Rogers Mansion for a self-guided tour of the museum and to view the exhibit, “Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry.”
LOCATION & TIME: Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, 1pm Lecture
LOCATION & TIME: Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, 2:30pm Self-guided tour
FEE: Free Admission
TO REGISTER: Please call the museum at 631-283-2492

Thursday, March 23 11:00AM RESERVE SPACE

Shinnecock Culture & Whaling History with David Bunn Martine

David Bunn Martine, great- great-grandson of David Waukus Bunn, a Shinnecock whaler who died on the “Circassian” shipwreck off Bridgehampton in 1876, will talk about Shinnecock whaling and Shinnecock cultural history. Martine is a writer, artist, and curator of the Shinnecock Museum and tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
LOCATION: Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane
FEE: Free Admission, donations appreciated.
TO REGISTER: Please call the museum at 631-283-2494

Friday, April 7 04:00PM RESERVE SPACE

Jewelry Making Classes

Students will learn the basics of jewelry making, from sculpting wax and soldering to setting stones and polishing, over an eight-week course. Master Jeweler Eric Messin will take you step by step to create a piece of jewelry that will be finished and ready to be worn. These classes take place at the historic Pelletreau Silver Shop in Southampton Village. The fee, which includes supplies, is $365 for members and $385 for non-members. Participants can choose from two 8 week sessions: 8 – Fridays April 7th – June 2nd 6-8PM, OR 8 – Saturdays, April 8th – June 3rd 10AM – 12PM. To register for the class please call the Museum at 631-283-2494.
LOCATION: Pelletreau Silver Shop, 80 Main Street, Southampton Village

Monday, April 10 05:30PM RESERVE SPACE

Fifteen Shades of Grey: The Lusitania, the Sussex & America’s Ambivalent Road into World War I

Join Michael A. Barnhart, Ph.D., Professor of History at Stony Brook University, for a discussion about America’s intervention in the First World War, which was by no means inevitable. Dr. Barnhart will focus on the many variables, both political and diplomatic, within the British, German and American governments that, in the end, led to Woodrow Wilson’s decision to go to war. Co-sponsored with the Rogers Memorial Library.
LOCATION: Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Morris Meeting Room
FEE: Free Admission
TO REGISTER: Visit or call (631) 283-0774 x 523

Thursday, April 13 03:00PM RESERVE SPACE

Eastville’s Whalers

Ms. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director & Curator, Eastville Community Historical Society will explore the little known role of African Americans in the maritime history of Long Island. During the “golden age” of whaling (1800-1860), African Americans comprised 25 percent of whaling crews. After the Civil War and well into the late half of the 19th century more than half the whaling crews were African-American. Only recently have scholars begun to bring to light their significant contributions to the great whaling enterprise. Co-sponsored with the Rogers Memorial Library.
LOCATION: Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane
FEE: Free Admission
TO REGISTER: Call the museum at 631-283-2494 or visit

Thursday, April 27 11:32AM RESERVE SPACE

A Visit with Author Sharon Atkins

Author and genealogist Sharon Atkins will speak on what she discovered researching her book With a Heart for any Fate: Hazel’s Memoir. This work of historical fiction is based on the diaries of Hazel Howland, who married J. Carlton Corwith of Water Mill. Interwoven into the story are her experiences as a teacher at Southampton High, historical details about WWI, the 1918 flu epidemic, as well as other aspects of local life during that era. Co-sponsored with the Rogers Memorial Library.
LOCATION: Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane
FEE: Free Admission
TO REGISTER: Call the museum at 631-283-2494 or visit


Saturday, February 11 02:00PM “Love Letters” a play by A.R. Gurney performed by Andrew Botsford & Jane Baldwin
Friday, February 10 04:00PM Jewelry Making Classes