Sag Harbor Historical Society

Sag Harbor Historical Society The Annie Cooper Boyd House and Whaleboat Shop are open in season (Memorial Day until Columbus Day) Sat and Sun 1-4 pm. We are also open by appointment.
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The Sag Harbor Historical Society was established in 1985 with a mission to: -Promote and encourage public education and appreciation of Sag Harbor History -Work for the Preservation of Historical Buildings and Sites -Foster the Preservation of the Historic Character of the Village The Sag Harbor Historical Society supports the process and implementation of current village codes and welcomes the engagement and conversation with all those concerned with our ongoing Mission to ensure the unique historical nature of Sag Harbor Village.

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Annie's Field of Jack O'Lanterns was a great success this year thanks to the many contributors. The creativity and origi...
11/01/2020

Annie's Field of Jack O'Lanterns was a great success this year thanks to the many contributors. The creativity and originality this year was remarkable and we've created a slideshow to share many of the contributions for those who did and those who didn't venture out Friday evening. You get to the slide show by clicking this link to our blog post. We hope it brings a smile to your face. https://sagharborhistorical.org/annie-s-field-of-jack-o-lanterns-2020. You can also follow us on Vimeo and see all of our videos at your convenience.

Sag Harbor Historical Society's cover photo
11/01/2020

Sag Harbor Historical Society's cover photo

What should you do on a rainy day? Carve those pumpkins you bought earlier and then drop them off at the Annie Cooper Bo...
10/30/2020

What should you do on a rainy day? Carve those pumpkins you bought earlier and then drop them off at the Annie Cooper Boyd House between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. today. Trustees will be at the curbside to collect your Jack O'Lanterns, so you need not get your feet wet. They will then arrange all of the Jack O'Lanterns. Battery lights will light them up, so drive by tomorrow when the rain will have ended, to see "Annie's Field of Jack O'Lanterns". Thank you all for participating and making this holiday festive.

Sag Harbor Historical Society's cover photo
10/29/2020

Sag Harbor Historical Society's cover photo

Ever wonder why there's an Anchor on the roof of the Annie Cooper Boyd House - the "cottage" she called her "Anchor to W...
10/12/2020
The Anchor to Windward - Sag Harbor Historical Society

Ever wonder why there's an Anchor on the roof of the Annie Cooper Boyd House - the "cottage" she called her "Anchor to Windward"? Find out by reading the recent blog post by clicking here: https://sagharborhistorical.org/the-anchor-to-windward

These days the headquarters for the Sag Harbor Historical Society (SHHS) at 174 Main Street is known as the Annie Cooper Boyd House after its famous resident artist, but Annie called it her lovely little "Anchor to Windward".  Why?

08/29/2020
Sag Harbor Historical Society

OPEN SUNDAYS 1-4 PM! Exhibit: "Then & Now: A Story of Immigration in Sag Harbor". Local, soon-to-be high school senior, Aubrey Peterson created this year's exhibit. He fell in love with history when his mother brought him to the Annie Cooper Boyd House as a child, and has been a docent with us since the 7th grade. Click https://sagharborhistorical.org/shhs-admin/blog.php?edit=851 to read more and even see a sneak peak through a short video created by Nancy Remkus and, of course, Aubrey. Please come. Masks must be worn and entrance is limited to two at a time.

Suffragettes, Bonnie Grice and Karen Campbell, from SHHS in Sag Harbor this morning. Celebrating 100 years of the women'...
08/26/2020

Suffragettes, Bonnie Grice and Karen Campbell, from SHHS in Sag Harbor this morning. Celebrating 100 years of the women's vote and spreading the word about the importance of voting.

08/26/2020

If you see two suffragettes on Main Street in Sag Harbor this morning between 10:00 and 12:00, you are not hallucinating. Originating at the Sag Harbor Historical Society, we are marking the day, August 26, 1920, that the Secretary of State certified the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution - the first step in giving all women the right to vote. Want to know more? Stop and chat. These two women can share lots more about the long, hard endeavors that led up to this momentous day 100 years ago.

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation recently awarded SHHS with a $2,000 grant to reimburse a portion of its operat...
07/18/2020
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation - Sag Harbor Historical Society

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation recently awarded SHHS with a $2,000 grant to reimburse a portion of its operating expenses incurred during the height of the COVID-19 quarantine in New York State. We are sincerely grateful for the Foundation's support. Check out our blog post on the SHHS website.
https://sagharborhistorical.org/robert-david-lion-gardiner-foundation

The Sag Harbor Historical Society (SHHS) wants to express it's sincere appreciation to the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation for awarding the Society a $2,000 grant to reimburse a portion of operating expenses incurred during the onset of Governor Cuomo's Executive Order: "New York State on Pause". Th...

We need your help in these challenging times. Please donate $50 or more and receive a copy of  Sag Harbor - The Story of...
06/06/2020

We need your help in these challenging times. Please donate $50 or more and receive a copy of Sag Harbor - The Story of an American Beauty, the history of Sag Harbor, by fourth generation-local Dorothy Ingersoll Zaykowski. Please send a check to Sag Harbor Historical Society, P.O. Box 1709, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, or go to this link, https://sagharborhistorical.org/events.php, to donate by credit card. PLEASE BE SURE TO PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR A PHONE NUMBER so we can arrange for delivery or pickup of the American Beauty Book. Thank you for your support and continued interest in Sag Harbor's history.

05/03/2020

Journaling is seen by some as an intimate recording of personal thoughts and feelings, others consider it a cathartic exercise that relieves tension, and others think of it as an historical documentation of a specific point in time. It truly can be all these things. Check out our blog https://sagharborhistorical.org/journaling-101 for this week's Journaling posts. The voices are distinctly different, just as the individuals behind them are. Let history hear your voice, come journal with us! Please send your submissions to sagharb[email protected]." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://[email protected].

Sag Harbor Historical Society's cover photo
05/03/2020

Sag Harbor Historical Society's cover photo

Might be a good idea for us.
04/29/2020

Might be a good idea for us.

Our friends at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have 15 Free Historical Coloring Books and Pages to Download. If you decide to color any, pleases share your finished pages with us!

Download them here: https://savingplaces.org/stories/free-historical-coloring-books-and-pages-to-explore?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=coronavirus#.XqnV8GhKiUk

Or you can download and print this charming rendition of the Jacob Blauvelt House drawn by Edith Hewitt. You can tell it was in the early 1980's from the dormer in the roof!

The Sag Harbor Historical Society Annie Cooper Boyd House in the snow!
12/11/2019

The Sag Harbor Historical Society Annie Cooper Boyd House in the snow!

12/05/2019

Last Sunday the holiday season was launched at SHHS with its annual Holiday Open House. The historic Annie Cooper Boyd House was decked out with evergreens and red bows while inside Christmas stories, cookies, crafts, and carols were enjoyed by young and old. Local author Billy Baldwin and his elf, Eliza Gatfield, shared Billy's book The Cookie that Saved Christmas and Nancy Remkus and Peter Cummings played Christmas carols as the crowd sang along. The event was festive and fun and we thank everyone who contributed to the Christmas cheer. Billy Baldwin is graciously donating a portion of the sale proceeds for The Cookie that Saved Christmas to SHHS if it's purchased at this link address (http://www.billybaldwinstories.com/shhs-promotion-2019) before December 23rd.

Annie Cooper Boyd House in winter.
12/05/2019

Annie Cooper Boyd House in winter.

Halloween Eve at the Annie Cooper Boyd House was ever so festive and spooky with Jack-O'-Lanterns lighting the entrance,...
11/07/2019

Halloween Eve at the Annie Cooper Boyd House was ever so festive and spooky with Jack-O'-Lanterns lighting the entrance, music and refreshments comforting the visitors, and a scavenger hunt revealing the hidden secrets of this very old house. Check out our website and blog here: https://sagharborhistorical.org/annie-s-field-of-jack-o-lanterns

09/11/2019

Everything at SHHS last Saturday was Whales Tales, Singing & Dancing, and Crafts. Youngsters heard stories about our whaling ancestors, and then danced up a storm and sang to "songs of the sea" played by Nancy Remkus. For the curious, a life-size schematic of a real whaleboat was exhibited just outside the whaleboat shop. Later on the porch, Bonnie Grice showed girls and boys how to make Tussie Mussies. What's a Tussie Mussie you ask? It's a flower bouquet with special meaning. This was very popular and two young boys asked to each make one for their parents' upcoming anniversary. Al and Susan Daniels, two of the artisan crafters, taught two young people how to make sand-filled Christmas Tree ornaments. A fun time was had by one and all.

Last Friday, the Historical Society's "Friday on the Porch" was "The History of Pyes" by Rev. Karen Campbell, with hands...
08/13/2019

Last Friday, the Historical Society's "Friday on the Porch" was "The History of Pyes" by Rev. Karen Campbell, with hands on (rolling pin on) experience. It began with an overview of the history of pie including an explanation of how "Four and twenty blackbirds" were "Baked in a pie". This was entertainment. The kitchen staff would blow smoke in the faces of the blackbirds to stun them, hustle them into a pie, quickly cover them with a crust, and swiftly deliver the delicacy to the lord of the manor before they "came to". When he cut into the pie, the blackbirds would fly out to everyone's amusement.

Rev. Campbell kindly made a small packet of the pie dough ingredients for each participant, who assembled the ingredients and rolled out the pastry dough in the airconditioned whaleboat shop. Apples, peaches, raspberries and blueberries were the filling selections today; no blackbirds here. Small and large pies went home with the day's bakers to be baked off there. Word has it that they were all simply delicious.

Our next, and final, Friday on the Porch is August 23rd: "Show & Tell - Antiques" with Randy Kolhoff, owner of Black Swan Antiques. Bring a treasure for Kolhoff to see.

07/06/2019
"The Point"

"The Point", the SHHS gala event, held on the beautiful Hersch property in North Haven directly behind the Point House, met nearly perfect conditions at every turn. There were specialty drinks and hors d'oeuvres, music, silent and live auctions, a raffle, ideal weather, and lots of good cheer. Our thanks to all who made this event such a resounding success.

06/25/2019

We're so excited to have our in-kind sponsors for The Point - a Gala Event helping us put together a beautiful night! Thanks to Designs By Mark Masone and Shelter Island Party Rental http://shelterislandpartyrental.com/ for making everything super festive!

A month ago, the 4th grade of Sag Harbor Elementary School visited the ACB House, home of the Sag Harbor Historical Soci...
06/20/2019

A month ago, the 4th grade of Sag Harbor Elementary School visited the ACB House, home of the Sag Harbor Historical Society; today, the 3rd graders arrived with lots of curiosity, energy, and chatter. Jack Youngs our VIce President was the leader for this event, pointing out all the nooks and crannies of the 1796 ACB House, giving perspective on the Whaleboat Shop, and tying it all in to their village, and its history. Before they left, Mr. Youngs brought out the rubber mallet and let those who wanted to ring the old school bell.

06/18/2019

Our July 5th The Point - a Gala Event is fast approaching, and it wouldn't be possible without our in-kind sponsors, so we'd like to thank a few more of our in-kind sponsors for helping us make this event extra special. Thanks to Plain-T, Saratoga Spring Water, and Montauk Hard Label Whiskey, we're looking forward to celebrating in less than a month with you!

06/10/2019

Do you have your tickets to our July 5th The Point - a Gala Event? Some of our in-kind sponsors are helping us get the word out, and we'd like to thank WLNG Radio, the Sag Harbor Express, The Independent Newspaper for helping us spread the word about our event!

05/23/2019

The Sag Harbor Elementary School 4th grade came to visit SHHS last week. The ACB House and Whaleboat Shop were filled with inquisitive young people full of energy and curiosity and before they left they were able to strike a little history themselves - our historic school bell from 1871. The neighborhood was filled with the deep rings created by boys and girls as they struck the bell with a rubber mallet. SHHS is open to young and old - come visit ... bring your class, family or friends.

It's official, the 2019 recipient of the Dorothy Ingersoll Zaykowski Award for Contributions to the Appreciation and Pre...
05/18/2019

It's official, the 2019 recipient of the Dorothy Ingersoll Zaykowski Award for Contributions to the Appreciation and Preservation of Sag Harbor and its history is Christine "Tucker" Burns Roth. Congratulations and thanks to Tucker for "Images". See more on our blog at www.sagharborhistorical.org.

05/17/2019

Remember Sag Harbor, tomorrow afternoon at 3:00, the Sag Harbor Historical Society will have its Annual Meeting followed by light refreshments and the Opening of the 2019 Exhibits: Long Wharf Archaeology & Havens Beach Over Time, and Outtake Images from Tucker Roth's book "Images of America Sag Harbor". Spend some time with our trustees and members, as well as the curators of the exhibits. It'll be a lovely 72 degrees and partly sunny, come out and join us ... See you on the Porch!

Our July 5th gala event "The Point" wouldn't be possible without our in-kind sponsors. We'd like to thank some more of t...
05/08/2019
Sag Harbor Historical Society

Our July 5th gala event "The Point" wouldn't be possible without our in-kind sponsors. We'd like to thank some more of those sponsors, including long-time loyal sponsor Zachys Wine & Liquor, and our new sponsors, Montauk Brewing Company, Doña Sarita Mezcal. Info and tickets are available on our website's Events page, and you can expect we'll be sharing more details here as we get closer: https://www.sagharborhistorical.org/events.php

This year's Gala Event, "The Point", will be hosted by Marni and Stuart Hersch, The Point House, 6 Fahys Road, North Haven

05/07/2019

This past weekend was the Cultural Heritage Weekend in Sag Harbor and despite gray, damp weather, the village was abuzz. At the Sag Harbor Historical Society (SHHS), "Voices from the Past" were heard on Saturday afternoon as trustees and members read letters from William Cooper's sister and two daughters, all of whom migrated westward in the 19th century and missed their family at home. The Annie Cooper Boyd House was filled with interested listeners, each of whom was provided with a handy Cooper family tree as a reference. The letters underscore some of the challenges, describing fires and floods as a few of the gravest, and the voices clearly resound with the authors' loneliness and yearning for family and friends at home in Sag Harbor.

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174 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY
11963

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The Sag Harbor Historical Society operates the Annie Cooper Boyd house and William Cooper Whaleboat Shop. These museums are free although donations are gratefully accepted.

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(631) 725-5092

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If you remember an elderly relative reminiscing about the good old days when the movie industry was in our own backyard here in Long Island (and not in Hollywood)... and some residents were called upon to play a small part in a silent movie filming in town ... and they had stories of when they made this film and that film. ... And you thought to yourself ... there's grandpa going off on one of his crazy ol' stories again. Well, those Sag Harbor residents may be long gone and you can't ask the questions any longer but maybe you can find out if there was any truth to their story. Here's a newspaper clipping from The Brooklyn Times Union from back in June of 1915 that lists the local Sag Harbor residents used in the making of a William Fox Film Corporation movie entitled "THE BONDMAN" ... (billed as the "Greatest William Fox Feature Yet Produced") ... John McNally, sr., Patrick Kelly (as the old whaleman), Thomas Carroll, Jeremiah Sullivan, John & Hugh Brady, Alfred C. Bates, jr., Lewis Edwards, Mrs. Mary Logan, and the Misses MaeMcNally, Lillian Heinrichs, Madeline Fordham, Angela, Archibald and Frances Smith. So if you see a name of a relative in the list above and remember them going on and on about the good ol' days of silent movie making on Long Island ... now you know the name of at least one of the movies they were in... THE BONDMAN (released in 1916) Oh yeah, and if you ever wondered what happened to the 80 year old schooner, the Centennial, owned by Capt. James M. Baylis of Port Jefferson ... it gave it's life to make this movie.
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