The Bridgehampton Museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a special benefit cocktail party at the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant on Sunday, June 5 from 5–7 p.m.
Guests will gather in honor of the Museum’s founding trustees and enjoy cocktails and a variety of Long Island wines, as well as food donated by Bridgehampton Inn and Loaves & Fishes Cookshop owner Sybille van Kempen, and music by local guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Turner.
Originally called the Bridgehampton Historical Society, the Bridgehampton Museum was founded in 1956, and is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. A registered 501(c)(3) organization, it is now offers a annual schedule of events and exhibitions, and it serves as a repository and archive with many resources for historical research. The Museum collection includes more than 1,300 historical photographs of everything from circus parades to car races, and more than 800 books about the United States, New York and Long Island, as well as volumes about local history and genealogy. Additionally, the Museum has some 1,000 decorative arts objects and household items from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; billheads and receipts relating to life on Long Island, especially Bridgehampton; more than 100 ledgers, diaries and daybooks going back to 1730; a letter collection illuminating daily life on Long Island; and a clothing and textile collection from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
All of these items are made available at the Museum’s historic c.1830 Corwith House and c.1870 wheelwright’s shop on Main Street in Bridgehampton, and soon the 1840 Nathaniel Roger’s House, which is currently being restored in collaboration with the Town of Southampton. Both the Corwith House and the Nathaniel Rogers House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Celebrate this wonderful local museum and treasure trove of local history, and the people who made it all possible 60 years ago!
Tickets are available online at bhmuseum.org or at the door of the Bridgehampton Inn (2266 Main Street, Bridgehampton) on the day of the event.