The Southampton Historical Museum is now on Tumblr.
Interns at the East End museum have spent the summer categorizing and uploading photos of some of the museum’s exhibits to the popular social media site.
Launched in June, the Historical Museum’s Tumblr homepage boasts the saying, “Antiquarianism For The Not Yet Antiquated” and features photos of the museum’s many antiques, artifacts and treasures, such as antique guns, 1850s cartoons, 1920s flapper dresses, old toys and much more.
The photos appear in a blog format offering information about current goings on at the museum, as well as a visual archive of its holdings. Each image is posted with a description, along with additional facts about the pictured items and even some musings about them.
For example, photographs of a lovely set of building blocks from 1890, each featuring a Bible verse or one of the 10 Commandments, is juxtaposed with an image of an iPad, along with the observation, “Oh, how the times have changed” (see above).
Further down the blog, a set of whalers’ “try pots” is pictured, along with an explanation of their use for rendering blubber into oil aboard whaling ships, and a map illustrating those ships’ routes along the coasts of North and South America, Europe and Africa (as shown below).
In addition, the Tumblr includes various related tidbits and articles from the various sources online, and pictures from local events and activities, such as ArtHamptons.
For those less interested in the descriptions—and everything else that comes with Tumblr’s blog format—Southampton Historical Museum has also published nearly 600 photographs of events, artifacts and buildings on their Flickr page.
The Southampton Historical Museum first opened as the Southampton Colonial Society back in 1898 in order to preserve historical documents and objects in conjunction with the history and development of Southampton. The museum comprises the Thomas Halsey Homestead, a period house built in 1660 believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State; the Pelletreau Silver Shop, the only trade shop in America built in the 1660s to be in continuous use at its original location; and their Rogers Mansion headquarters, built in 1648.
The Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion headquarters is located at 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton. For more information, call 631-283-2494 or visit go to southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.