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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill Talk

If you like out-of-the-way historical museums, the Southampton Historical Museum is something you won’t want to miss. Twelve historic buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse and a 19th century paint store, sit on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion, a handsome structure that houses a research library and archives dedicated to the history of Southampton and its surrounding areas. October 12 is a great day to get to know it.

Bill Bleyer, author of “Sagamore Hill,” writes that no house better reflects the personality and interests of its owner, Theodore Roosevelt. There Roosevelt reveled in the pleasures of family life with his wife and rambunctious children and there, during his presidency he hosted political and cultural luminaries. He spent his final years happily at Sagamore Hill and after his death in 1919 the house was preserved. Historian Bill Bleyer will share his research for the book, which includes many previously unpublished photographs and presents a room-by-room guide to the house and grounds, along with a fascinating account of bygone days at Roosevelt’s haven. Admission is free (donations appreciated); to register, please call the Museum at 631-283-2494. Starts at 11 AM.

Then afterwards, you can check out the current exhibition, Hunting The Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry. This informative and inclusive exhibit adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village’s prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. 

If you can’t make it this Thursday, the exhibition can be viewed Wednesday through Saturday through December 30, 11 am to 4 pm.