New Long Island Collection Exhibits At East Hampton Library

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Guild Hall exhibit at East Hampton Library. Image courtesy East Hampton Library.

The East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection has unveiled two new exhibits in the four display cases in the library’s front lobby.

“Guild Hall at 90” features materials such as photographs of notable past events and celebrities who have appeared at Guild Hall happenings, images and promotional materials from performances and exhibitions, including the annual Clothesline Art Sale (c. 1950s–1960s), Guild Hall newsletters from the 1970s, original event invitations (including to the 1931 opening ceremony), programs, flyers and more. Highlighting its standing as East Hampton’s cultural cornerstone, this exhibit was created in honor of Guild Hall’s upcoming 90thaAnniversary.

Currency exhibit at East Hampton Library. Photo courtesy East Hampton Library.

“Follow the Money: Currency in the Colonial and Early American Era” includes materials from the Long Island Collection and a wide variety of replica coins and paper currency from the collection of Frank Sorrentino, a Long Island Collection volunteer who helped prepare the exhibit. Featured artifacts also include pages from the account book kept by David Gardiner of East Hampton, from 1770 to 1799, a 1785 booklet featuring a Table of Coins detailing the values in British Pounds Sterling for various international coins, and pages from the account book of a Southampton weaver, kept from 1767 to 1787, that illustrates the bartering of goods.

Both exhibits will be on display through January and are viewable during the library’s hours of operation. Please note that everyone over the age of two is required to wear a face mask at all times when in the library. The East Hampton Library is at 159 Main Street, East Hampton. For information, visit easthamptonlibrary.org.

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