Exhibit Tour: Bridgehampton Whaling
Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY. 11932.
The third of four tours through the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s popular whaling exhibit, “Bridgehampton Whalers – A Farmer’s Life at Sea,” will take place Thursday, March 21st, at 12 noon, at the William Corwith House Museum on Main Street in Bridgehampton. It will be led by the society’s engaging and well-studied curator, Julie Greene.
This exhibit celebrates greater Bridgehampton area men who went to sea to hunt whales and later returned to retire as farmers. Using excerpts from whaling logs, art work by Claus Hoie, furniture once belonging to whaling captains, scrimshaw, and exotic mementos brought back from around the world, the danger, excitement and rewards of hunting the whale is revealed.
Fifteen original Hoie works have been donated to the Museum out of the generosity of the Helen and Claus Hoie Charitable Foundation and are beautifully arranged throughout the exhibit. A son and grandson of whaling captains, Hoie’s watercolors bring a breath-taking artistic component to the entire presentation.
The casual, narrated, tour through the exhibit, offering several additional layers of detail than most exhibits can convey by themselves will last about 40 minutes. Excerpts of correspondences by whaling captains and their wives provide personal insight to this exciting time during the whaling era. Seeing the exhibit on its own is a treat, as it is filled with many artifacts and paintings to please the senses and is unlike any other local whaling exhibit to date. Observing it while learning tidbits Ms. Greene draws from her extensive research and memory is an excellent way to spend a winter afternoon hour. The last tour will take place Saturday, April 13th, at 11:30am.
The tour is free and open to all. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm except for holidays. For more information call 631.537.1088, email email@example.com, or visit www.bhmuseum.org.