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Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry

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Start Date: March 4, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY

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March 4 to December 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th4:00 – 6:00 pm

Fee: Free admission to the opening, refreshments served.

Sperm Whale in a Flurry by Louis Ambroise Garneray, c 1840

This interactive 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. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry.

This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house was built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century. The Rogers Mansion is a property of the Southampton Historical Museum and is located at 17 Meeting House Lane.

The Year of the Whale will be on display from March 4 to December 30, 2017 and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Fee: $4, Free for Members and Children 17 & under



Organized by :  Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center Organizer's Address : PO Box 303, 17 Meeting House Lane Website :

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Event categories: Exhibitions and History.Event tags: Exhibit, Historical Landmark, History, Reception, and Suffolk.

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