From Big House to Bad House – How Authenticity Lost Its Way

From Big House to Bad House – How Authenticity lost its way

Anne Surchin, R.A.

Hosted by Chip Rae

Does size really matter when it comes to large house syndrome?  Architect Anne Surchin will talk about other overlooked factors that continue to delegitimize the acceptability of the large home as part of the built environment.


Anne Surchin

Anne is an East End architect specializing in new residences, renovations/additions,  historically correct restorations, and  preservation consulting. She has been practicing architect on the North and South Forks for over 30 years. Anne is Vice Chair of the Southold Landmark Preservation Commission, the co-author of two editions of  “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930” with Gary Lawrance, and  the architecture critic for the Southampton Press.

Saving Long Island’s Groundwater – Now is the Time!

Saving Long Island’s Groundwater – Now is the time!

Sarah Meyland

Hosted by Sara Davison

Co-spons0red by The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation

Long Island’s groundwater is a hot topic these days, but do we really understand the how, why and where of it?  Our precious drinking water is highly threatened.  Learn about the current water quality issues and what can be done to manage this looming environmental challenge.


Sarah Meyland

Sarah is a water specialist with a background in groundwater protection, water resources management, and environmental law. She is currently an Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology.  Sarah has worked in New York State government,  and was the Watershed Director for the Suffolk County Water Authority.  She sits on a variety of advisory committees at the state and local level and is the author of numerous articles on water related topics. Ms. Meyland holds Bachelors degrees in English, Geological Oceanography, and Marine Biology;  a Masters in Water Resources Management;  and a law degree.

Protecting Our Water Starts in Your Backyard

Protecting our water starts in your backyard

Edwina von Gal

Hosted by Sara Davison

Co-spons0red by The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation

Toxic, synthetic lawn and landscape chemicals pollute our local waterways, endanger wildlife, and are linked to a range of serious health problems in humans and pets. It is a persistent myth that they are essential to a “perfect” lawn and landscape. In this informative lecture, landscape designer and Perfect Earth Project Founder/President Edwina von Gal will explain why and how to manage your beautiful lawn and garden without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and what the Perfect Earth Project is doing to make communities everywhere safe and PRFCT (managed without toxic chemicals).


Edwina von Gal

Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina von Gal creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, and Richard Meier, and her work has been published in many major publications. In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals for people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost.


Farm to Table

Farm to Table

A Discussion with

Sybille van Kempen, Loaves and Fishes Food Store

Jennifer Pike, Pike Farms

Hosted by Chip Rae

This conversation explores the symbiotic relationship between a premier prepared food take out store and a neighboring farm stand.  Knowing the source of your ingredients drives this close relationship between the the farmer (Jennifer), the cook (Sybille), and the ultimate consumer (us).  In addition, Sybille and Jennifer will discuss how they deal with the problem of food waste.


Sybille van Kempen

Sybille van Kempen is the chef and owner of the Loaves and Fishes Food Store in Sagaponack for over 35 years. Her late mother, Anna Pump, was her partner and driving force of inspiration leading to this successful and much loved foodie destination. She also owns the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton, the Bridgehampton Inn and Restaurant, and created the Loaves and Fishes Cooking School.


Jennifer Pike

A native of Pittsburgh, Jennifer moved to Long Island for a job after college , met her husband Jim, quit her job, got married, became a farmer, and 19 years later they run one of the South Fork’s most iconic farm stands on Main Street in Sagaponack.


The East End, Long Island, and 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State


THE EAST END, LONG ISLAND, and 100 YEARS OF Women’s Suffrage in New York State

Antonia Petrash


Arlene Hinkemeyer

The Annual Tom Twomey Lecture in Local History

Moderated by Judith Hope

Hosted by Brooke Kroeger





To celebrate the November 2017 one hundredth anniversary of the granting of the vote to the women of New York State, author Antonia Petrash will discuss  the suffrage movement on Long Island and Arlene Hinkemeyer will focus on the suffragists of the East End, including Mrs. Thomas L. (May Groot) Manson of Main Street, East Hampton. Her  John Singer Sargent portrait is at left. Check out our suffrage exhibition in the Tom Twomey Gallery and the multimedia work of the Library’s young adult team as they bring the local women’s suffrage story of a century ago to life.

This event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the  Hamptons, the Town of East Hampton, and Hugh King, East Hampton Town Crier and Village Historian. 




Antonia Petrash

Antonia is author of Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement and president and founder of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc.  The retired director of the Glen Cove Public Library, she is also the author of three other books about women’s history and continues to lecture and write about the woman suffrage movement at libraries, historical societies and schools.


Arlene Hinkemeyer

Arlene is an historian and a publicist who has worked for publishing companies in Chicago and New York, researching/writing history textbooks and has served as the historian of the Village of Plandome Heights, Manhasset, researching/writing that village history. She began researching the Suffragist leaders of the East End when members of the Hamptons League of Women Voters, dressed as suffragists, were preparing to march in East Hampton’s 350th anniversary parade in 1998.


The Tom Twomey Series 2016 Season Kick-off

The tom twomey series 2016 season kickoff

a discussion About COLONIAL COMMERCE

Materials from the Library’s Long island collection

Frank Sorrentino, Researcher
Steve Russell Boerner, Archivist

Hosted by Dennis Fabiszak

A fascinating exploration of a new transcription project that involves the account books, journals, ledgers, and documents of Robert Townsend (1753-1838) of Oyster Bay, housed in the Library’s Long Island Collection. Townsend, who was engaged in business in New York City, was one of two main members of the Culper Spy Ring, organized under the order of General George Washington at the height of the Revolutionary War, during the British occupation of New York City. Volunteer Frank Sorrentino’s expertise in colonial currency and 18th century bookkeeping  practices has given invaluable new context to these important documents. The presentation will also showcase other historical gems from the collection to shed new light on our region’s commerce, currrency and economics during the Revolutionary period. Steve will highlight additional colonial commerce materials located in the Long Island Collection which are sure to be of interest to both researchers and local residents.


Frank Sorrentino has been a highly valued volunteer and friend to the LIC for close to five years; he has continuously transcribed valuable account books in the collection, and for the past four years has completed six account books and numerous loose documents of Robert Townsend, General George Washington’s chief spy out of New York. A retired insurance executive, Frank has developed expertise in colonial currencies, accounting practices, and respective histories to his important projects.


Steve Russell Boerner has been an archivist in the LIC for over ten years; his responsibilities include original Library of Congress cataloging of our vast collection, working collaboratively with Frank to enhance the transcriptions into readily findable tools, digitization, and helping patrons navigate our resources. As Steve has a background in land surveying, his area of specialization and interest is land and cartographic information.

The Tom Twomey Lecture in Local History: Life on Mystery Island

The Tom twomey lecture in local history:

life on mystery island


Ed Faszczewski, Our Man on Plum Island

Hosted by Sheila Rogers

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EDWARD FASZCZEWSKI  In the late 1950s at the age of 12, Ed Faszczewski moved with his family to Plum Island, where his father was a lab supervisor at the animal disease research center. They were among the first civilian families to live on the government-owned island, located east of Orient Point. Join us for this fascinating first-person account. of life on mysterious Plum Island.





Frontiers in Stem Cell Research


Susan L. Solomon

CEO and Founder, The New York Stem Cell Foundation

Hosted by Sheila Rogers


Susan L. Solomon founded The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) in 2005 to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time using stem cell research. Over the last decade, NYSCF has been the catalyst for essential, cutting-edge stem cell research, which offers the greatest hope for medical advances we have ever known. To date, NYSCF’s research has been named the #1 medical breakthrough of the year by Science and twice by TIME magazine. NYSCF has set the agenda for innovative scientific research, and has enabled some of the most important discoveries in the field, bringing us closer to the better treatments and cures we seek for a range of diseases.


SUSAN L. SOLOMON, co-founder and CEO of The New York Stem Cell Foundation, is a longtime health care advocate, entrepreneur and lawyer. She received a New York Women of Excellent Award from the governor of New York in 2008 and a 2015 Living Landmark Honoree for establishing NYSCF.

The Pond Scourge


Prof. Christopher J. Gobler, The Gobler Lab, Stony Brook University

Hosted by Sara Davison

Professor Gobler takes us through the causes and effects of algal bloom (more commonly known as pond scum) and how to address its proliferation and impact. In partnership with the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation and the East Hampton Town Trustees, Dr. Gobler and his team at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences are engaged in a research project to investigate and remediate the degradation of the pond’s eco-system.



PROF. CHIRSTOPHER J. GOBLER directs the Gobler Lab of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, where scientists conduct research in plankton ecology with special interest in the factors that promote the growth of organic and inorganic nutrients. The lab also focuses on harmful algal blooms as they manifest both locally and nationally.

Lessons from Katrina

LessoNS FROM KATRINA: Preparing for the next big one here


Hosted by Chip Rae

Scott Cowen, as president emeritus of Tulane University and a longtime East Hampton resident, takes us through the crisis in New Orleans a decade ago and what we can learn from that tragedy that can be applied locally.




SCOTT COWEN retired as  Tulane University’s 14th president in 2014 and was subsequently named Distinguished University Professor . During his tenure,Time named him one of the nation’s ten best college presidents. He led the university to a remarkable recovery after Hurricane Katrina flooded 70 percent of Tulane’s uptown campus.



MIKE TRACEY is the East Hampton Village Police Captain and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is a thirty-two year member of the East Hampton Village Police Department, where he currently serves as Executive Officer.  He drafted the village’s Emergency Operations plan.

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