7.6/ Eastville Community Historical Society: ‘Native American Life on the East End’ Opens July 8

Native American Portrait from the Woodlands Period, by David Bunn Martine

 Eastville Community Historical Society


‘Native American Life on the East End’


The Eastville Community Historical Society will be having an opening reception at its Heritage House on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 5pm until 7pm for the summer exhibition titled Native American Life on the East End, 139 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor.  

Native American Life on the East End covers the Paleo-Indian Period to the continued presence of Native Americans on the east end of  “Paumanok”, the Native American name for Long Island. This exhibit is a dedicated attempt to evade the stereotypical imagery of Native Americans and showcases historic portraiture from the special collection of  the Eastville Community Historical Society.

The exhibition presents more than 60 artifacts, including tintypes, cabinet cards, vintage and modern photographs, and contemporary artwork from artist and Shinnecock Indian Reservation resident David Bunn Martine. A highlight of the exhibition will be a timeline of drivers’ licenses belonging to Christopher Cuffee Jr., a letter from the Union School District of Sag Harbor dating back to 1899, and a historic Sag Harbor Express newspaper article highlighting the Circassian Shipwreck from 1877.

This exhibition is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the Huntington Arts Council, and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

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, as one of the earliest known working class communities composed of African Americans, Native Americans and European immigrants. More particularly, it seeks to obtain recognition and landmark status for qualified buildings in the Eastville community and St. David AME Zion Cemetery in Sag Harbor, New York; to discover and collect any material which may help establish or illustrate the history of its settlement, development and activities in peace and war and its progress in the areas of population, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade and transportation; to collect printed materials, manuscripts, manuscript materials and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past or present; to disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers or the media, conducting tours, holding meetings with lectures, papers and discussions and by marking historical buildings, sites and places of local historical significance; and to educate local school children by exposing them, through artifacts, tours and lectures, to this rich addition to local history, thus enhancing their experience of Sag Harbor Village life. 

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