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East Hampton Historical Society Hosts Opening Reception For Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

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Marilyn and Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc with Maria Vann (Photo by Richard Lewin)

Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition Water/Ways opened with a splash at Clinton Academy Museum on Saturday.

Hosted by the East Hampton Historical Society, in cooperation with the Museum Association of New York (MANY), the exhibit explores water’s critical role in New York by examining water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.

“As a maritime community, we can illuminate the importance of water; how people respond, interact, and impose upon it,” said Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society. “This exhibition can be enjoyed by Long Islanders because of our very direct and proud connection to our rivers, ponds, lakes, and ocean.”

The East Hampton Historical Society is honored to be the only host site on Long Island of the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, and the final stop as it traveled throughout New York State.

The exhibit is on display for six weeks Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until April 11. It is located at Clinton Academy Museum, 151 Main St. in East Hampton. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

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Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society, Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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L. to R.: Barbara Borsack, East Hampton Village Deputy Mayor; Richard Lawler, East Hampton Village Mayor; Rosemary Brown, East Hampton Village Trustee; Arthur Graham, East Hampton Village Trustee. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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L. to R.: Arthur Graham, East Hampton Village Trustee; Barbara Borsack, East Hampton Village Deputy Mayor. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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L. to R.: Lynn Stefanelli; Robert Hefner, Director of Historic Services for the Village of East Hampton. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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L. to R.: Mary Busch, member of the Board of Trustees (EHHS); Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Guest Dianne Benson (fashion designer, author, artist and gardener) enjoys the exhibition. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society, Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society; Marianne Howard, Director of Visitor Experience. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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