East Hampton Historical Society
101 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
Region: Long Island
Budget Size: $500,000 - $999,999
Full/Part time Staff: 5 People
Community Population: 22,009
The East Hampton Historical Society is the parent organization for seven museums, national landmark historical sites and workshop facilities of local and national importance!
East Hampton Town, home of the East Hampton Historical Society (EHHS) is fundamentally linked to water and its power to move and sustain people. Surrounded by various bays and the Atlantic Ocean, their water highways made the settlement of East Hampton possible in 1640. Migrants moved along the water routes and found that they could use the waterways for trade and fishing, financially benefiting from the natural resources of this area. EHHS documents and celebrates the history of bay-men and fishermen who have lived and worked on the waters for decades-from clamming, to fishing, to whaling. EHHS also focuses on the rich history of Native Americans using and honoring the waterways long before European settlement, and eventually teaching Europeans successful methods of whaling and how to navigate the waters in canoes. Even today, East Hampton is defined by its proximity to the ocean. It's location as a tourist destination and a residential area allows them to expand education about the importance of waterways, teaching the next generation about pollution and conservation. The Water/Ways exhibition will aid them in their mission to educate through lectures, walking tours, community art shows, school field trips tailored to curriculum, and art workshops. Their programs with Water/Ways will feature interdisciplinary learning with the goal of promoting understanding, appreciation, and advocacy for waterways.