To break up the doldrums of winter, the East Hampton Historical Society's 2013 lecture series, "Changing Times: Epics & Events that Shaped East Hampton" begins on Friday.
The first lecture is titled: "The Boarding House Era: The Coming of the Summer Colonists." Richard Barons, the executive director of the society, will speak.
"Many people believe that East Hampton became a summer colony when a group of artists visited here in the 1870s and publicized the Village’s charms or when the railroadarrived in 1895," a description of the lecture reads. "In reality, documents show that our summer colony began in the late 1830s and 40s."
Barons will use photographs, drawings, diaries, newspaper articles and letters, for a complete history of the beginnins of the summer colony.
The 2013 East Hampton Historical Society’s monthly Friday night Winter Lectures focus on events that contributed to the present-day East Hampton. They are:
- "The Bad Old Days: The Great Depression," an oral history roundtable moderated by Hugh King, an historian, on Feb. 22.
- "The Suffragist Movement: Women Work for the Right to Vote," by Arlene Hinkemeyer on March 15.
- "The Iron Horse Arrives," about how the railroad changed East Hampton, by Ken Collum and Hugh King on April 26.
Each program is held at the Clinton Academy museum in East Hampton Village, and begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served before the lecture. Reservations are not required.