Growing Up in Sag Harbor: A Panel Discussion

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Sag Harbor has traditionally been a working-class town and the neighborhoods that grew up around the village historically housed a diverse population including Jewish, African American, Native American, Polish, Italian and Hungarian residents who moved here for work or to establish a community of their own.
On Sunday, June 12 at 11 a.m., the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will host a conversation on community moderated by journalist and editor Alexandra Eames.
The topic of the conversation will be “Waves of Immigration – Growing Up in Sag Harbor” and four life-long residents will be on hand to reflect on what it was like to grow up in various Sag Harbor neighborhoods — some of which still have the flavor of their original inhabitants.
Panelists include Patricia A. Archibald, William Pickens III, Diane Schiavoni and Robert Browngardt. Audience members will be encouraged to join in the discussion by asking questions and sharing memories of their own.
Admission is free. The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is located at 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor. For information, call 725-0770 or visit

About the series:
As part of “Every Village Has A Story,” a summer 2016 program at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, three Sunday panel discussions are being offered at the museum to explore various aspects of Sag Harbor’s blue collar heritage.
Each panel will reflect on the history and evolution of Sag Harbor through one of three distinct lenses — Community, Main Street Business, and Industry— exploring how together and individually, these three facets of village life have contributed to the growth and development of Sag Harbor as we see it today.
Subsequent panels include:

Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.: “Meet Me on Main Street,” a discussion moderated by Bryan Boyhan, publisher emeritus of The Sag Harbor Express, with long-time business owners who look back at the evolution of village businesses and the customers they serve.

Sunday, August 14, 11 a.m.: “When the Noon Whistle Blows,” a discussion moderated by journalist Karl Grossman with residents who recall Sag Harbor’s industrial past through memories of working at factories in the village.