Virtual Winter Lecture Series - Life in a Small Town: Rev. Lyman Beecher's Reflections on East Hampton from 1798-1810

Speaker: Richard Barons

Revered Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) read about Rev. Samuel Buell's death before he was even ordained. East Hampton's vacant pulpit intrigued him. Buell was a famous and dynamic preacher who held his job for 52 years and Lyman Beecher was 23 years and old looking for his first job. Though the $300 salary proved to be not sufficient for his growing family, he enjoyed East Hampton. One of his sermons contains a general history of the place and his autobiography and correspondence are rife with many reminiscences of the pleasures that East Hampton afforded him. Though he left in 1810 for a better paying job in Litchfield CT, Beecher and two of his sons, Rev. Dr. William Beecher and Rev. Dr. Edward Beecher, returned to East Hampton to preach on Sunday, August 27th, 1843. The visit was initiated as a chance to visit to the old family homestead and the beloved 1717 Church. That Sunday morning the old church was packed to capacity. The Brooklyn Daily Mail reported that the congregation was thrilled to hear the "eloquence of these eminent divines."

EHHS Virtual Book Club -

Join the East Hampton Historical Society for their monthly Virtual Book Club on March 11, at 7:00pm as they discuss The "Kingdom of the Kid: Growing Up in the Long-Long Hamptons" by Geoff Geham.

The Kingdom of the Kid is a memorable portrait of an indelible childhood on Long Island's South fork from 1967 to 1972. This book isn't just another baby-boomer coming-of-age memoir about baseball, beaches, fast cars, divorce, and redemption. It's a pilgrimage to a special place at a special time that taught a kid how to be special. It's for anyone who has lived in the Hamptons or has wondered about living in the Hamptons. Join author Geoff Gehman, and other Society members as we discuss this book, its place in East Hampton history, and its meaning today.

The book is available for purchase or download on Amazon.

Please email Marianne Della Croce at for information and registration. Registration will include Zoom link to event.

Virtual Winter Lecture Series - When Neighbors Were Neighbors: Character Studies by Cornelia Huntington 1803-1890, from Her Diary

Speaker: Barbara Borsack & Hugh King

Cornelia Huntington was our first local novelist, as well as a poet and diarist. She was the daughter of a physician and a sister of another physician. She lived her entire 85 years here. Her novel "Sea Spray" was published in 1857 and weaves an amazing tapestry of a rural community about to blossom into a summer colony. Huntington chronicles, through her neighbors and relatives, the entertaining foibles of small-town life. The Society's copy of her 460-page book has a handwritten list identifying the main players, all who have very British surnames. We know Mrs. Osgood is really Mrs. Charles Osborne and Capt. Hardy is Capt. George Hand. She had a clear eye for observation and an uncompromising attitude about social mores. She knew how to cut through artifice, but she could laugh at herself. All her neighbors had stories to tell, luckily, she wrote them down.

Make it Mondays - Quilting

Imagine you are living on Mulford Farm in East Hampton during the mid-1800s. Stitching and quilting were commonplace skills to have in order to mend your clothes and to make quilts to stay warm in the winter.

Join the Society for our virtual Make it Mondays - Activities You do at Home on March 29 to learn the basics of quilting with Director of Experience, Marianne Della Croce. This is appropriate for children ages 7-13.

Video will be available on Facebook and the Society's YouTube page. Children are invited to use supplies from home, or purchase a quilt kit for $10.00 from the Society.

Virtual Winter Lecture Series - Turn-of-the Century Tales from

Speaker: Hilary Osborn-Malecki

Alice Edwards Osborn Hand was born in Wainscott in 1879. Even in these changing times, the Main Street of her Hamlet has not lost its rural roots. She spent her early years studying at the neighborhood one-room school and later taught elementary students until she married John Hand in 1905. They and their young son moved to Kinderhook, NY in 1910. As the years passed, she enjoyed telling friends about her life long ago in Wainscott. Soon after her husband died in 1952, she sat down at her typewriter and began spinning the stories of Wainscott long ago. Only those born in the Hamlet and a descendent of its first settles, can rightfully be called a "Wainscott Dumpling." These affectionate tales are both funny and heartwarming.

COVID-19/Quarantine History Project

COVID-19/Quarantine History Project

ONGOING! We need your help!

During this time in our history, East Hampton like the rest of the world is experiencing something unprecedented.

As YOUR historical society, it's our responsibility to collect and tell the stories of East Hampton town; and this is just one of its chapters. When the 1918 flu hit, we were able to document it through letters in our collection.

We are conducting a project to document this time.

Phase One: we are collecting images from during quarantine and as we emerge into the new normal.

Phase Two: The images and videos, will be included in a "documentary" recounting this period this fall. We are partnering with LTV to produce the final video to share this autumn.

How you can participate?

Please send in your images and short video clips to share with us as the story unfolds. We would like to include pics of graduations, masks, social distanced family parties, etc.

Please send your video clips and images to our Chief Curator

Please remember to share your name, address, and phone numbers so we have that for our records, thanks!

Your submissions become property of the East Hampton Historical Society collection.

THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you all soon!