Saturday, October 13, 2018
THE 2018 Tom Twomey Lecture in Local History
The Gardiner Family Legacy:
Two Iconic East Hampton Estates
Introduction by Richard Barons
Bruce Collins: “Gardiner’s Island: America’s Oldest Family Estate”
Chip Rae: “95 Main Street: Winthrop Gardiner’s Remarkable Village Estate”
Hosted by Dennis Fabiszak
No family has dominated the history of East Hampton more than the multiple generations of the Gardiner family. For over three centuries they have been at the epicenter of this community. Their legacy today is easily seen in their extraordinary real estate holdings, many of which define Main Street and beyond. Gardiner’s Island, the longest family held estate in America, continues as their private compound. The Winthrop Gardiner estate at 95 Main Street, now home to the LVIS, was once an expansive in-town compound in its own right. An illustrated look at both properties by two of our Board members, with an introduction by Richard Barons of the East Hampton Historical Society.
RICHARD BARONS is the senior curator and former executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society.
BRUCE COLLINS is the co-chair of the Library’s Long Island Collection and chair of its acquisitions committee. As a life-long resident of the community, he has served as chair of the East Hampton Town 350th Anniversary Committee and has been Town Supervisor, Chairman of the Bank of the Hamptons, a director of the Suffolk County National Bank and a trustee and Vice President of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation.
CHIP RAE is a member of the East Hampton Library Board of Managers and a former Trustee of the East Hampton Historical Society. This is his second year as chair of the Tom Twomey Series.