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Fall 2023 Events 

Scheduled programs include:

Fall Festival for Families


The East Hampton Historical Society is presenting a Fall Festival for families taking place at Mulford Farm on Saturday, September 30 from 10am to 2pm

Harkening back to the History Festivals that occurred on the Farm decades ago, this year's event will feature an array of activities including historical re-enactors, games, music, walking tours, craft demonstrations, and art making.


Almond in Bridgehampton will host an “Artists & Writers” dinner on Tuesday, October 3, at 7 PM featuring artist Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor.A three-course family style meal will be served with one glass of wine or draft beer for $59 including gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 631-537-5665.

Artist Talk with Dr. Nichelle Rivers, October 21, 2023 at 1pm -3pm at Eastville's Heritage House Museum. 

Co-Author's Appearance @ Eastville's  Heritage House

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2pm 
Phil Keith and Tom Clavin
Reading & Book Signing 
139 Hampton Street, 

Sag Harbor, NY 11963

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Eastville Community Historical Society Exaimined Slavery on the East End, through Foodways, Choral Concert, and Performance.

The opening was an uplifting walk through time with spiritual’s songs, folk music and gospel music, preceded by Voices of Virtue, Inc.

Guild Hall, June 9th, at 7pm, 2019.

It was a cultural extravaganza!



On May 4, 5, and 6, 2019,ECHS presented Sheet Music Shapes Our Lives, an exhibit celebrating the magical relationship music has with our region and our lives.
On Saturday there was also Vinyl and the Vine, a wine and bites event while listening to timeless tunes on vinyl.


Dr. Grier-Key also presented a fascinating lecture on Olivia Ward Bush-Banks, an American author, poet and journalist of African-American and Montaukett Native American descent. Ward celebrated both of her heritages in her poetry and writing. 




Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Occurred on March 30, 2019


139 Hampton St, Sag Harbor

Light refreshments were served!



A celebration in conjunction with THAWFEST

The Hamptons Arts Network celebrated THAWFEST, their annual celebration of the arts institutions on the East End, March 22-24, 2019. Our own ECHS enjoyed a lively "Sip and Paint" with Michael A. Butler.


6 - 8PM @The Heritage House
139 Hampton St, Sag Harbor


Click here for more information on THE HAMPTONS ART NETWORK



Facing the Enslaved History of the East End

Sunday, February 24, 2019,  Bay Street Theater hosted Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in partnership with Eastville Community Historical Society to present their 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration. This program explored the history of slavery on the East End of Long Island and the omission of that history from the founding narrative of the United States.

Panelists included Our expert panelists included Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director/Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society, Sag Harbor; Aileen Novick, Site Administrator /Project Manager of Hempsted Houses of Connecticut Landmarks, Connecticut; David Rattray, Owner/Editor of The East Hampton Star Newspaper and Director of the East Hampton Plain Sight Project, East Hampton; and Donnamarie Barnes, Curator/ archivist Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island.


ART: A Family Affair with the Ruffins


Opened Friday, August 17, 5-7pm
Eastville Heritage House
139 Hampton St, corner Liberty, Sag Harbor, NY

We are thrilled to be hosting ART – A FAMILY AFFAIR featuring Reynold Ruffins, Joan Ruffins, and Lynn Ruffins Cave. 

The show runs till September 30, 2018



Art in the Age of Black Power

We had an excellent visit to the Brooklyn Museum to see this powerful and important show on December 5, 2018.

Thanks to all who joined us, and we look forward to other such "field trips" in the future!

Our group was split in two to better accommodate our guides, and we also want to thank Erin Dodge of the Brooklyn Museum for helping us arrange the trip, and particularly Anastasia Colzie and Elizabeth Treptow for their informative generosity in guiding us.


A bas-relief painting by Benny Andrews

Harlem in the Hamptons!

We hosted this historic party with the Pickens Family, Greater NY Chapter, and Metro-Manhattan Chapter of THE LINKS, INC.!

Saturday, August 18, 2018
12pm – 5pm
Program at 3pm
Raindate: August 19, 2018

at the ECHS Heritage House
139 Hampton Street
Sag Harbor, NY  11963


We were happy to benefit the Harlem Cultural Archives Historical Society



We were proud to host with the Southampton African American Museum the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, Black Angels OverTuskegee to the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall.

Thursday, August 16th at 7PM

Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY


A VIP cocktail party from 5-6:30 pm honored local Tuskegee Airmen, music by flutist extraordinaire Dwayne Kerr (who toured with Erykah Badu) and everyone enjoyed special signature beverages and appetizers.


Arthur's Game. Arthur's Life. Arthur's Legacy

Understanding the Impact of Arthur Ashe

by Dr. Patricia Turner
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4pm
139 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor


Still the only African American male to win at Wimbledon, Ashe was a path-breaking author, journalist, anti-apartheid activist and HIV-AIDS warrior.  Patricia A. Turner, Ph.D. is a graduate of Pierson High School, now a member of the faculty and Dean and Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education at UCLA where she teaches a course on this important figure in American history.

RSVP: or call (631) 725-4711


An American Story: SANS Sag Harbor

ANDREW KAHRL​, author of The Land Was Ours and Free the Beaches will be speaking on the unique cultural heritage and importance of our own SANS area here in Sag Harbor, one of the few remaining Black Resort areas left in the United States, and extant here since the mid 20th Century.

Saturday, August 4, 1-3pm

Guild Hall

158 Main St

East Hampton, NY  11937





August 9 – 11 @ 4pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the first ever summer intern production, OBAMA-OLOGY by Aurin Squire, directed by Bay Street’s Directing/Producing intern Shea King and stars Bay Street Theater’s 2018 Acting Apprentices.

In OBAMA-OLOGY, African-American college graduate Warren is hired by the 2008 Obama campaign and lands in the streets of East Cleveland. Somewhere between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own racial and sexual identity, he learns that changing society isn't as easy as he imagined.

Student rush discounted tickets available with a valid student ID.  Call or visit the Box Office for more information, 631.725.9500. Regular tickets here.


Caribbean Heritage Month

Opening Reception for our 2nd annual Caribbean Art Show will be this Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 2pm-4pm. 
The show features work from the Long Island Black Artist Association, including Maxine Townsend-Broderick, Kenneth H. Bradford, Clemente Ettrick, Aaron Scott, David Wilson, Rosa Hanna Scott, Galvin Bisserup, Sharon Burke, Bernard James, Dr. Nichelle Rivers, Neil Williams, Christian George, James Whitten. Come meet the artists and purchase artwork! Proceeds will benefit the artist and Eastville’s programming and projects.

Caribbean Cocktail Benefit Party!

This benefit will feature our signature Caribbean Rum Punch, wine, tasty island hors d’oeuvres, and even Pina Colada ice cream. We invite our membership and the public to come celebrate the start of the summer season in Caribbean style and enjoy the art!


Tuesday, July 5, 5 – 7pm 

$30 per person, tickets available online:, by mailing a check to ECHS, PO Box 2036, Sag Harbor, NY  11963, or at the door.

Black Leisure: Respite in Sag Harbor

A fascinating historical exhibition was on view starting Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the Eastville Heritage House at 139 Hampton St, Sag Harbor. Black Leisure: Respite in Sag Harbor featured photographs from the Eastville Community Historical Society’s archive of the Johnson Family Collection.


First Annual Thawfest

The 1st Annual THAWfest, (The Hamptons Art Network), held from March 23-25, celebrated spring while promoting the broadly diverse range of cultural programs and institutions that make the south Fork of Long Island unique. On March 24th, Heritage House held an East End Artists Tour from 1:30–2:30, and opened the House from 1:00–4:00pm. 

All Me at the JJML

"All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert" by Vivian Ducat was shown at the John Jermain Memorial Library on

March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. There followed a fascinating Q&A with Ms. Ducat after the film, honoring the dynamic creativity of Rembert. The event was co-hosted by the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.

Terry Sullivan: Laughin' Just to Keep from Cryin'

On Sunday, March 18th at 2pm, balladeer Terry Sullivan performed “Laughin’ Just to Keep From Cryin’”, a selection of songs in Irish, English and Zulu, with stories that honored the civil rights struggles of diverse people. Sullivan performs with Edna’s Kin and was a longtime friend of Pete Seeger, bringing him in 1993 to the Old Whalers' Church to perform for Eastville.

Film and Discussion: 13th

Georgette Grier-Key led a discussion after the showing of Ava DuVernay's film "13th" at the John Jermain Memorial Library in association with Canio's Cultural Café.

The discussion explored race, criminal justice, and incarceration as related to the 13th amendment.

The event was held on December 10, 2017.

David Bunn Martine

Martine gave a Wigwam Workshop for 6 Saturdays at the end of the summer. The wigwam is still visible on the front lawn of the Heritage House.

Mr. Martine also gave a fascinating talk and book signing for his book No Reservation: New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement on September 30th.

Certain Moves and The Young Bloods

Certain Moves and The Young Bloods gave a terrific concert on the lawn at the Heritage House on September 16, 2017!

Ed German for Harborfest, Sept 10th

Ed German, host of WPPB's Urban Jazz Experience and Friday Night Soul, engaged in conversation and a reading from his memoir, Deep Down in Brooklyn, at which he sold

September 10th at 2PM.

Hooked on Heritage Lecture Series: 

Thanks to Thomas Clavin, author of The Heart of Everything That Is for a very fine lecture held at the Heritage House on August 30, 2017.

Art Camp!

Summer 2017’s Art Camp took place July 12, 19, 26th and August 2, 9, and 16th. The theme was Dreamcatcher.

Art Camp at Eastville's Heritage House

Hooked on Heritage Lecture Series: Dr. Patricia A. Turner, PhD


On August 9, Dr. Turner presented a fascinating lecture on “Moonlight and Folklore”, based on the Academy-Award winning film "Moonlight". 

Caribbean Fundraiser Benefit & Party!

Thank you for making our Caribbean Cocktail

Benefit Party a success!

Monday, July 3, 2017, 5pm-7pm

Signature Caribbean Rum Punch, wine, tasty island

hors d’oeuvres was served, and we celebrated the closing of Maxine's World!

Votes for Women

A VOTES FOR WOMEN exhibit was on display from March 26 – April 2, with the panel "Continuing the Conversation: A Woman's Perspective" on economic disparity, health issues, voting rights, and racism held on April 2 at 2pm at the Heritage house.


This traveling show came to us courtesy of the New York State Museum.

Participants in the Continuing the Conversations Panel, L-R,

Bill Chaleff, Audrey Gaines, Minerva Perez, Lydia Hicks

Black America Since MLK Screening

In honor of Black History Month, ECHS hosted screenings of Henry Louis Gates Jr's award-winning series on February 20th and 27th, 2017.

The screening was free, and light refreshments were served. Every year, Eastville celebrates Black History Month in different ways. We look forward to seeing you there!

ECHS: a Living Treasure

The Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies was honored by the Suffolk County Historical Society as a Living Treasure at a ceremony on April 26, 2015.

The awards honor individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to Suffolk county on behalf of history, culture, the arts, and preservation, thereby enriching both Suffolk County and the quality of life of its residents.

Pictured with the Suffolk County Historical Society is Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, on the far right, representing and being honored by the Society.

Finding the Truth Panel

On September 13, 2014, as part of HarborFest activities, a panel was held at the Heritage House hosting a discussion presented by Black Ivy Alumni League and BIAL City Leaders from New York, titled “Finding the Truth”.

Panelists included Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and author of Growing Up X, as well as Charreah Jackson of Essence magazine and Jeanne Ricks of Nu-Day Holistic Nutrition,

Click here for more photos from the panel.

Harlem in the Hamptons

This photo from Harlem in the Hamptons 2014 is representative of this popular event held every summer to celebrate our connection to the black community in New York's Harlem.

Click here for more photos from the party.

Symposium on Pyrrhus Concer

A Genealogy Workshop and presentation on Pyrrhus Concer's life was presented on December 13, 2014 at the Heritage House. Joysetta Marsh Pearse, Executive Director of the Nassau County African American Museum spoke. Ms. Pearse is the author of several books including Born Free, an account of Pyrrhus Concer's astonishing  life and family genealogy.


Pyrrhus Concer is one of the first people from North America to have visited the once-closed society of Japan before it was opened up to foreigners in the 1800s.

Click here for photos from the Symposium

Symposium on African Diaspora Homegoing Traditions

On May 18, 2013, a symposium was held which explored death in the African Diaspora from archaeological and artistic perspectives. The symposium brought together educators, an archaeologist, and a musician to teach communal responses to death, reveal cultural adaptation and resilience throughout African-American history.


The symposium included traditional African percussion session by artist pioneer Edwina Lee Tyler, art exhibition and a cocktail reception. Guest speakers included:

Maura Doyle, Historic Preservation Coordinator for Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island’s 1652 homestead, who presented on the archaeology of enslaved people’s burials, and updated us on the newly confirmed multiple graves discovered at “The Burial Ground for the Colored People of Sylvester Manor” by the UMass Boston team, Dr. Steve and his amazing crew from The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research.


Catherine D. Zarate, Ed.D. presented on Cultural Awareness Training in Death and Dying for Medical Staff: An Exploratory Study Emphasizing Visual Arts for Issues That Concern Christian African-American and Catholic Hispanic Patients and Families.


Brenda Simmons, Director, East End African American Museum, will present on the Appreciation of African American Culture and Customs associated with Death and Dying.

Allison Manfra McGovern, R.P.A., PhD. Candidate was a Public Educator for the Office of Public Education and Interpretation (OPEI) of the African Burial Ground Project an an Archaeological Technician for African Burial Ground Project Archaeological Laboratory of New York.

This event was organized by the Eastville Historical Society and sponsored in part by the Southampton Historical Museum, Huntington Arts Council, Channing Daughters and private contributors.

Annual Fish Fry!

Every year in July, members of the ECHS and the community get together for the ever-popular Fish Fry. 


Stay tuned for this year's date. The accompanying photo is from the 30th Anniversary of the Fish Fry!

ECHS at HarborFest!

Every September, Sag Harbor celebrates HarborFest, a great event that takes place on the Wharf in Sag Harbor and includes the whole village, with whaleboat races, sidewalk sales, and many fun and festive activities and vendors. 

To the right is a table the ECHS manned at the festival, which is sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Oh Christmas Tree!

Another yearly event is the annual Christmas tree lighting and sing-a-long, held at the Heritage House. All are welcome!

Click here for more photos!

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