Places + Faces, 2019

During the summer of 2019 our two interns, Conor and Gina, worked on various projects and events and helped to breakdown and install a new exhibit. But they also spent a lot of time digging through our collection and familiarizing themselves with our vast collection. They picked out various pieces of personal interest to them and created the virtual exhibit below originally posted to our social media accounts.

The exhibit was broken up into 5 parts each with their own specific idea behind their groupings. Enjoy!


From Big to Small: Long Island to Rogers

by intern Conor

The goal of these maps is to find a general understanding of the geography of Long Island and the locations within it. The first map will start with Long Island and each consecutive map will be a portion of the last until the final map reveals a very special location associated to the museum.

Map of Long Island - 1974

This map shows the establishment of towns on Long Island as well as some zoomed in important geographical locations. The top right map explains the process of mapping out Long Island and how many people first thought it was a part of the mainland until 1614. Also, the center right picture is of Sag Harbor being burned during the Revolutionary War as punishment for British conducting a raid on Danbury, Connecticut. It is also called the Meigs Raid and saw six loyalists killed, ninety captured, and zero casualties on the American side. During 1777, the British controlled New York and Long Island while the American Continental Army surrounded the city with forces in northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut. As a result, the Long Island Sound was used by both sides a way to attack each other.

Map of Suffolk County - 1858

This is a map of Suffolk County from 1858. This map shows us all of the towns but also some the biggest settlements in the county. For example, Sag Harbor is the biggest settlement shown, most likely because it was one of the most significant locations in the county. It was a major whaling port that peaked during the 1840s. It was also a location where people went to be sailed around South America for the California Gold Rush in 1849. The map also provides the names of owners at the time. Many of those families still hold land today such as the Halsey family in Southampton.

Map of Southampton Town - 1873

This is a map of Southampton Town in 1873. What is unique about this map is some of the changes in Southampton town since its creation. One thing to look at is the hamlet Good Grounds. You might say that it no longer exists, but we actually know it today as Hampton Bays. The reason for the change of names was because many people who wanted to visit the Hamptons but could not afford to, went to Good Grounds instead. Eventually, they called for a renaming of the hamlet and were able to out-vote those who wanted to keep the name as Good Ground (mainly permanent residents). The name was officially changed in 1922.