Guest Blog: Vote Yes! on Proposition 6 in Southampton USFD Budget

Vote Yes! and help fund Southampton Historical Museum educational programs
Vote Yes! and help fund Southampton Historical Museum educational programs, Photo: Oliver Peterson, savcoco/iStock/Thinkstock

The Southampton Historical Museum is asking residents of Southampton Union Free School District to vote yes on Proposition 6 [which would authorize the BOE spending $125,000 to contract for services with the museum] on Tuesday, May 20.

In 2013, the museum provided public services to 37,613 visitors who came for tours, education programs and special events at one of the four separate properties managed by our organization.

They include:

1. Rogers Mansion – Located on Meeting House Lane, this property has 12 historic buildings with exhibits about Southampton in the 19th century. The annual Harvest Day Festival takes place here, with more than 2,000 adults and children participating in traditional activities, and admission is free.

2. 1686 Pelletreau Silver Shop – This small historic building on Main Street is the “oldest continuously opened trade shop in the Americas.”  Silversmith Eric Messin demonstrates old-world jewelers’ techniques here and hosts workshops year round.

3. 1660 Halsey House – Southampton’s oldest building, this house on South Main Street contains colonial furnishings and features an exhibit of a Shinnecock Village and related artifacts circa 1,000 AD. It is open all summer and by appointment throughout the year.

4. Conscience Point Historic Marker and Nature Walk – Tucked away in North Sea, this beautiful spot will be the site of the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery, opening this summer, managed by Sea Scout Ship 908 with education programs in marine biology.

In 2015, Southampton will celebrate the 375th anniversary of the 1640 landing of English pioneers. The Southampton Historical Museum is creating education programs and commemorations throughout the year to make residents and visitors aware of Southampton’s history and natural beauty.

Please show your support for our mission to preserve and promote the history and culture of Southampton. The Southampton USFD Budget Vote and School Board Election take place on on Tuesday, May 20 from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. at the Southampton Intermediate School music room (70 Leland Lane).

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