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Eastville Community Historical Society

Eastville Community Historical Society The Eastville Community Historical Society was founded in 1981 and chartered by New York State in 1 What We Do:
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Our Mission:
The Mission of the Eastville Community Historical Society is to preserve historic buildings and research, collect and disseminate information about the history of the Eastville area of Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, County of Suffolk, State of New York, and one of the earliest known working class communities composed of African Americans, Native Americans and European immigrants.

Operating as usual

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08/03/2022

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Our 37th Annual Fish Fry was a great success! Great food, folks, friends and family! If you missed it...there's always n...
08/03/2022

Our 37th Annual Fish Fry was a great success! Great food, folks, friends and family! If you missed it...there's always next year😁. Special Thanks to all of the players on our team. You are all MVPs. 🥰

You don't want to miss it!!! Purchase your tickets and reserve today. Can't wait to see you there!
07/16/2022

You don't want to miss it!!! Purchase your tickets and reserve today. Can't wait to see you there!

Dear Eastville Friends,THATS ALL FOLKS! If you want images please feel free to grab them while you can. This account has...
04/28/2022

Dear Eastville Friends,

THATS ALL FOLKS! If you want images please feel free to grab them while you can.

This account has been weird for the last past 1.5 years, and now the powers that be after accumulating all of our memories and meeting you all, And Just Like That we will be deleted because one of the biggest companies in the world can’t figure out their security features to protect this account and others like it. What a complete disappointment, this page has memories, images, videos etc of people that have paved the way in our community and some are no longer with us, once this page is gone, we mourn again. Thank you for the many times, I tried to contact you with all the issues, and you never respond, we never get a human. Thank you for unlocking this page finally after having it dormant to let us know we are all replaceable or should I say erasable, or we can all just be deleted. We the little guys have no power!

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For more than 25 years, the Preservation League of New York State has been honoring corporations and individuals who hav...
04/28/2022

For more than 25 years, the Preservation League of New York State has been honoring corporations and individuals who have taken extraordinary action to protect, preserve, and promote New York’s artistic and architectural heritage. We celebrate Nancy and Otis Pearsall, A’Lelia Bundles, and Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein as our 2022 Pillars of New York.

2022 Annual ConferenceEnvisioning Our Museums for the Seventh GenerationApril 9 - 12, 2022 | Corning, NYThe Seventh Gene...
04/28/2022

2022 Annual Conference
Envisioning Our Museums for the Seventh Generation
April 9 - 12, 2022 | Corning, NY

The Seventh Generation is a core value among the Indigenous nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora peoples. The principle, which is rooted in the preservation of Indigenous culture, underscores the importance of the human continuum. It advocates for informed, long-term decision-making that recognizes and draws from the past while laying the groundwork for the future.

04/28/2022

Check out Dr. Georgette Grier-Key(Historian, Preservationist) on Part 3 of Top Chef Masters and Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson new series sponsored by monogram appliances.

Chef Marcus honors past chefs who went unknown, discusses the importance of Black Culinarist as role models as he connects and breaks bread with friends and members of the Sag Harbor community celebrating dishes he’s created in his new stunning monogram kitchen studio.

Watch my mark now exclusively on . https://youtu.be/82HhVKrXYZ0

NYT Storm Ascher
12/09/2021

NYT Storm Ascher

Harborfest 2021
09/08/2021

Harborfest 2021

Virtual Kwanzaa - https://mailchi.mp/74211dbeb90b/events-4973466
12/24/2020
Virtual Kwanzaa

Virtual Kwanzaa - https://mailchi.mp/74211dbeb90b/events-4973466

The seven principles of Kwanzaa, are umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa(cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani( faith).

On Saturday, July 25th, 2020 from 4pm-7pm, heat, rain, or shine, Eastville Community Historical Society celebrates commu...
07/22/2020

On Saturday, July 25th, 2020 from 4pm-7pm, heat, rain, or shine, Eastville Community Historical Society celebrates community, unity, and fellowship, that is what the Fish Fry means to the greater community. The 35th Annual Fish Fry is a staple event that is known to draw people from far and near ! The Fish Fry started out as a fundraiser that was done on the grounds of the Historic St. David AME Zion. We have teamed up with Mr. Smith’s Seafood II and More to deliver the flavor and transport you back in time. Mr. Smith’s has been showcased on television news12, fox news 5 and YouTube RMDFoodAdventures.

Church! The beginnings of the Fish Fry had a meager beginning, when people actually cooked with LOVE, that is the major ingredient in "Soul Food". There was a time when people needed their soul's feed, to break bread with their neighbor, say hello, how are the children? The mission, survival and longevity of the Fish Fry is a friend-raiser and huge success because it depends on the participation of members, friends and the greater community who wouldn't have it any other way.

Eastville's Fish Fry is a family reunion of sorts, an event where catch-up with pals you haven't seen in years; an event where the good of the welfare of others is concerned; an event where you see the snowbirds who made it back safely and hopefully in one piece. This year we experienced two public health crisis, Covid-19 and Racism. The victims of Covid-19 and public lynching of George Floyd sparked a reckoning of change. The Fish Fry is an event where everyone can slow down a bit; congregate and smile as you see, ear to ear; there is no shortage of hugs either. Last but not least, food is always the main attraction, that’s how we get all smiles, hugs just all-around good vibes. Not to mention the ticket price hasn't risen in years and in today's world you couldn't go through a drive-thru for $25.00.

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/35th-annual-fish-fry-tickets-113857761630


We invite the press to attend, take pictures, talk to people and say hello!
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About Eastville Community Historical Society
The Mission of the Eastville Community Historical Society is to preserve historic buildings and research, collect and disseminate information about the history of the Eastville area of Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, County of Suffolk, State of New York, and one of the earliest known working-class communities composed of African Americans, Native Americans and European immigrants..

Racial Justice East End, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, Canio's Cultural Cafe, Eastville, & alli...
07/17/2020

Racial Justice East End, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, Canio's Cultural Cafe, Eastville, & allies present Confronting Racism Film series. The films are from World-Trust Educational organization, dedicated to social justice & equity movement building.
Registration Required:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtcOivrz0iEt1YSa1nYNfTruyD5auNIOdd

Crowds Pack Sag Harbor in Memory of George FloydJune 6, 2020 Beth Young  In what is becoming almost a daily occurrence s...
06/14/2020

Crowds Pack Sag Harbor in Memory of George Floyd
June 6, 2020
Beth Young

In what is becoming almost a daily occurrence somewhere throughout the East End, hundreds of people crowded into Sag Harbor Friday afternoon for a protest in memory of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis on May 25.

The crowd, which met up in the new John Steinbeck Memorial Park at the foot of the Sag Harbor Bridge, marched down Main Street, stopping in the middle of town to lie, face-down in the street for nearly nine minutes, the amount of time officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck as he cried for his mother.

“When he cried for his mother, she unleashed all mothers to fight injustice for him,” said Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, the Executive Director of the Eastville Community Historical Society, who was one of the speakers at the event.

“We demand restorative justice. What does that mean We want to dismantle all racist policies,” she said. “Do you know what people are sick and tired of being sick and tired of? We are tired of coexisting, we are tired of being second class citizens we are tire dof two americas. we are tired of excepting wrong from right. We are tired of making excuses for you.

“This generation has managed to do something that no other generation could do. That is get rid of You: You who is ok with lack of diversity. You who is ok with lack of inclusion. You who is ok with passing. You who is ok with looking the other way.”

Willie Jenkins of Bridgehampton, who helped to organize a similar protest on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on Tuesday, said that, when he was a kid, he was afraid to go to Sag Harbor, because he didn’t many any kids who looked like him there, and one of his friends had been brutalized by the police there. But now, he said, he not only sees a more diverse crowd of people in Sag Harbor, they.

“But the kids from Sag Harbor never treated us any different, they always treated us with respect,” he said. “It was the young people that kept us together.”

Edward Dudley said he believes “only another police officer could have saved George Floyd’s life.

“They fear their career would be jeopardized” if they stood up for what was right, he said. “A police officer needs to take action…. We need to train officers to step up and prevent deaths.”

The crowd then marched twice through Sag Harbor, stopping in the middle of town the second time and lying in the street and chanting “I Can’t Breathe,” the words uttered repeatedly by George Floyd as he begged for his life.

Protests are expected to continue throughout the weekend, with one planned on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday June 6, and at the Hook Mill in East Hampton on Sunday, June 7 from 2 to 5 p.m.

https://www.eastendbeacon.com/crowds-pack-sag-harbor-in-memory-of-george-floyd/

By Christopher WalshJune 5, 2020The mood was fiery and rebellious but also upbeat and confident on Friday as a huge crow...
06/14/2020

By Christopher Walsh
June 5, 2020
The mood was fiery and rebellious but also upbeat and confident on Friday as a huge crowd of young people, parents, and grandparents convened at John Steinbeck Waterfront Park in Sag Harbor to protest police killings of African-Americans and decry the ingrained and structural racism that perpetuates injustice and denies equal opportunity to all Americans.

The demonstration, which was impassioned but peaceful, was organized by college and high school students calling themselves East End Against Hate. It followed protests in Bridgehampton on Tuesday, Southampton on Thursday, and others across the country, some of which have resulted in more confrontations with law enforcement personnel. Another rally is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hook Mill in East Hampton.

Georgette Grier-Key, the executive director and chief curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor, exhorted those attending to maintain their focus and passion long after the recent spasms of outrage that followed police killings of African-Americans, most recently that of George Floyd in Minneapolis, have subsided. “When you have done yelling, losing your voice, and your feet hurt, what will you do? We still have work to do!” she shouted to cheers. “We have work to do! We have work to do!”

With students at her side, Dr. Grier-Key told the assembled that “You are graduating today in front of all of us, your community. We deserve a future. You deserve a future. The time is now. Equity now. We want change. We demand restorative justice. What does that mean? We want to dismantle all racist policies, structural racism!”

“We are tired of coexisting,” Dr. Grier-Key continued. “We are tired of being second-class citizens. We are tired of two Americas. We are tired of accepting wrong for right. We are tired of making excuses for you. We are tired of covering up for you.”

Today’s youth, she said, “has managed to do something that no other generation has been able to do, and that’s to get rid of you!” That collective “you,” she said, are all who accept exclusion and reject diversity, who look the other way, who do not take a stand against injustice. Under a cloudy sky, she said, “With no sun shining, it’s shining today, because today is a brand-new day! It is a brand-new day.”

After the speakers had concluded their remarks, the crowd marched across Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter Veterans’ Memorial Bridge and back, proceeding to the village’s Main Street, where at one point they stopped to lie down, many with their hands behind their backs.

https://www.easthamptonstar.com/villages/202065/we-are-tired-two-americas-sag-harbor-rally-speaker-says

Patricia A. Turner, who heads UCLA’s celebrated Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund, reflects on Ashe in the aftermath of George Flo...
06/14/2020

Patricia A. Turner, who heads UCLA’s celebrated Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund, reflects on Ashe in the aftermath of George Floyd.

On September 9, 1992, tennis great Arthur Ashe was convinced. The conscience of the sport felt that civil disobedience was the only way to call attention to the profound unfairness of the U.S. Coast Guard’s interception of refugees fleeing Haiti on ramshackle boats headed to the US, where they could escape persecution and seek asylum.

With his trademark aviator glasses, tennis shoes, light khaki pants, and smart white straw fedora, Ashe’s ensemble seemed perfect for a day at one of the grand Slams where he was a familiar celebrity. The only thing that would have been out of place was the T-shirt on top of his polo shirt, which read, “Haitians Locked Out Because They Are Black.”

In other words, years before Black Lives Matters mattered to so many, Ashe marched. In front of the White House, he joined with famed dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham, civil rights icons Randall Robinson and Benjamin Hooks, and 2,000 others who wore shirts and carried signs that essentially said, “Black Lives Matter.”

Clearly this chapter in American and tennis history overlaps with the present. What Ashe and the others wanted for the Haitians was access to the American system of immigration and determination of refugee status. America’s military had inserted itself into Haitian politics in ways that disadvantaged its poorest citizens, many of whom tried to flee from political oppression, only to be forcefully stopped at sea. This was in stark contrast with the treatment afforded Cuban refugees, and in his lyrical memoir, Days of Grace, Ashe states, “I was certain that race was a major factor in this double standard.” Lack of access to a legitimate and fair process and a double standard are what enrages so many of today’s protestors. George Floyd was innocent until proven guilty and entitled to a reasonable arrest procedure. For many of us, it seems highly unlikely that, had he been a white man, he would have been subjected to such an unnecessarily brutal and ultimately fatal apprehension.

In addition to risking his considerable reputation, Ashe was taking a very real physical risk by marching and perhaps being jailed with others. The pandemic then was AIDS, and Arthur was already afflicted. His immune system was weak, and proximity to others could have been catastrophic. Still, he marched.

Arthur was careful about the causes he took on. Like many who now protest, he didn’t take to the street for a photo op. Ashe himself had worn a military uniform during his time in ROTC. In the 1960s, he erred on the side of caution, a decision he later questioned. The Reverend Jesse Jackson had asked Ashe’s UCLA friend and fellow athlete Walt Hazzard to set up a meeting so that he could try to persuade the young phenom to use his visibility to advance civil rights causes. Ashe declined, saying he preferred to advance the cause of African Americans in his own, more quiet fashion.

But when Arthur became convinced that the channels of politics and commerce failed to protect black men and women, he bravely and thoughtfully took to the streets. In 1985, when he was America’s Davis Cup Captain, he protested apartheid outside the South African Embassy in Washington. While Colin Kaepernick’s inability to return to the NFL is a more famous example of blacklisting, Ashe didn’t serve as Davis Cup coach for very long once he became known as an anti-apartheid activist.

Arthur succumbed to AIDS-related complications within six months of his final protest. Throughout his powerful biography Days of Grace, his deep love of his country is clear. But as his life progressed, he was increasingly unwilling to stay quiet while black people were preemptively de-valued. So, wearing a righteous T-shirt, he marched peacefully in the streets, taking a risk that he felt would advance a critically important cause.

Thirty years later, searing racism and physical violence against African Americans have compelled activists to raise their voices, risk their health, and join protests across our nation. Let’s hope that individuals and institutions who have disregarded the worth of black people will now listen, learn, and change.

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Patricia A. Turner is senior dean of the UCLA College and vice provost of UCLA’s Division of Undergraduate Education. She also is a professor in World Arts and Cultures and African-American Studies.

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This Friday, February 18th at 6 pm the Parrish Art Museum with Eastville Community Historical Society will present a panel discussion on the noted artistic pioneer and activist Gordon Parks and his significant contributions and achievements in the field of photography.

“Beyond the Lens: Capturing Culture and Conscience,” will feature Donnamarie
Barnes, Director of History & Heritage at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and Steven John Irby (aka Steve Sweatpants), a contemporary photographer and co-founder/Director of Street Dreams Magazine. The panel will be moderated by Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor.

Tickets are available in person or online at https://parrishart.org/event/talk-beyond-the-lens-capturing-culture-and-conscience-moderated-by-dr-georgette-grier-key-with-donnamarie-barnes-and-steven-john-irby/.
Congratulations to HAN Member Dr. Georgette Grier-Key of Eastville Community Historical Society on her appointment as Vice President of the Museum Association of New York. We’re so happy for you!
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"Throughout my time at Eastville, I understood more and more the significance of what this place was and how to deal with it. It just was in the cards for me so to speak."

Dr. Georgette Grier-Key is the inaugural Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society. Under her leadership at Eastville, she's increased membership, funding, and led the organization to create a strategic plan. Additionally, she is the President of the Long Island Historical Societies, serves on the board of the Preservation League of NYS and the NAACP Brookhaven Town Branch, and is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY Medgar Evers College and director of the Long Island History Institute at SUNY Nassau Community College.

This April, she will begin her tenure as MANY's Vice President. We spoke to Dr. Grier-Key to learn about her role in arts and cultural organizations on Long Island’s East End.

➡️Learn more at the link in our bio under MANY news.
Dr. Georgette Grier-Key is the inaugural Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society. Under her leadership at Eastville, membership increased by 30%, funding increased by 52%, and the organization created a strategic plan. Additionally, she is the President of the Long Island Historical Societies, serves on the board of the Preservation League of NYS and the NAACP Brookhaven Town Branch, and is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY Medgar Evers College and director of the Long Island History Institute at SUNY Nassau Community College.

She has served on the Museum Association of New York’s board of directors since 2017 and will begin her tenure as MANY's Vice President in April 2022. We spoke to Dr. Grier-Key to learn about her role in arts and cultural organizations on Long Island’s East End.

Read more: https://nysmuseums.org/MANYnews/12318441
How does preservation have to change to remain relevant? Be sure to join the conversation and pose your own difficult questions at 10am on Thursday, November 18th at a Long Island-focused session of the 2021 Virtual NY Statewide Preservation Conference featuring Preservation Long Island Preservation Director, Sarah Kautz and Dr. Georgette Lovette Grier-Key, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, New York.

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Sun., June 13, 10am: Don Lemon in conversation with Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Exec Director of Eastville Community Historical Society. Call/email Canio's to reserve a signed copy of This Is The Fire. Register for the zoom event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1JIVrzvzSsen9HPdikcRRQ
Attention Southamptonites! Please join us for a public hearing at the Southampton Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals TONIGHT at 6:00pm (Thursday, May 27) to support the Town of Southampton’s application for variances at the Pyrrhus Concer Home Site (51 Pond Lane, Southampton)!

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The LTV Archives received a request for its videos about Eastville - so we've started finding them, cleaning them up, and posting them. Here is one from 1986 - a segment of an LTV show called Weekend Magazine produced and hosted by Beryl Bernay. In this segment, Kathy Tucker is interviewed about the origins of the Eastville community in Sag Harbor. We will upload additional Eastville shows from our archives in the coming weeks. Eastville Community Historical Society https://youtu.be/ikXGZzXBhO4
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Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, in partnership with Eastville Community Historical Society, will present its 7th Annual Black History Month Celebration tomorrow. Learn more: https://bit.ly/37MnDpE
Eastville Community Historical Society, Bay Street Theater , And Southampton African American Museum Partner To Present "In Case You Hadn't Heard: A Conversation Between America's Past And Its Promise" - https://bit.ly/2NxR3Rp
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, in partnership with Eastville Community Historical Society, will present their 7th annual Black History Month celebration on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
Bay Street Theater, Eastville Community Historical Society and the Southampton African American Museum are honoring Black History Month with a debut show that uses the words of American thought leaders to create a provocative conversation about the Black experience.
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