What is Charm?

In 1899, the last private owner of the Rogers Mansion, Samuel L. Parrish founded what we know today as the Parrish Art Museum. As a way to integrate his new museum into the lives of everyone in Southampton Village and begin his mission of developing a more artistic culture in the Hamptons, he created a contest.

The contest was to answer the simple question, "What is charm?" through poetry or prose in under 100 words. Many people from around the village joined in attempting to give the best definition of personal charm that summer with the winner being named on July 14, 1899. With our mission at the Southampton History Museum being to preserve and promote the history and culture of Southampton, what better way to honor Sam's legacy or injecting arts into Southampton than to revive this contest?

Rather than the entire community, this contest will be just for students. Section one being Kindergarten to 4th Grade, section two 5th to 8th Grade and section three 9th to 12th Grade. We will also be changing the types of entries from just written poems to any art form you wish. Poems, paintings, songs, sculptures, video presentations, etc. Any audio or video presentation needs to be under 5 minutes in length and written entries should be under 500 words.

For those interested in participating please sign up by clicking the button below and filling out the registration form.

Submissions can be turned into the Southampton History Museum any time between now and March 13, 2021 at 4pm. All entries will be posted to our blog with the winners from each section highlighted. Winners will be judged on how best they answer the question "What is charm?" not on artistic talent alone. A committee of museum staff and board members has been created to review all entries. The committee is made up of Father Patrick Edwards, Stephanie Hill, Hilary Woodward, our Director of Education Connor Flanagan and our Curator and Registrar Zachary Taylor.

How to submit your artwork?

Digital files should be emailed to cflanagan@southamptonhistory.org.

Physical artworks can be mailed to PO Box 303, Southampton, NY 11969 or dropped off at the Rogers Mansion located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. But you will NEED an appointment to drop off your artwork in person. Please call the museum at (631) 283-2494 x 500 or email cflanagan@southamptonhistory.org to set up an appointment.

Hours of Operation
All tours of the Rogers Mansion and Thomas Halsey Homestead must now be booked in advance of arrival. Please call 631-283-2494 to book your tour!
Rogers Mansion - March to December, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and members
Thomas Halsey Homestead - July to October, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and members
Pelletreau Silver Shop - Open year round, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, Free admission
Conscience Point - Open year round, Sunrise to Sunset, Free admission
All subject to closure during Holidays
17 Meeting House Lane / PO Box 303, Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-2494