At The East Hampton Historical Society

June 2021

Virtual Book Club
“Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach” by Helen Harrison
June 10, 2021, 7:00pm

For more than two centuries, the Hamptons have been home to a vibrant community of artists and writers, lured by the golden dunes, refreshing breezes, radiant landscapes, and frequent visits from the Muse. It was here that Winslow Homer painted bathers and strollers on the ocean beach and Lee Krasner created her Earth Series in a cramped studio shared with her husband, Jackson Pollock. From Herman Melville to F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck to George Plimpton, these are just a few of the gifted figures to draw inspiration from this famous and fashionable retreat. Richly illustrated with archival photos and reproductions of the artists’ work, Hamptons Bohemia chronicles the evolution of a community and the colorful characters who have inhabited it. Author, Helen Harrison will be on hand as part of the discussion.

The book is available through the Suffolk County Cooperative Library System for interlibrary loan, as well as for purchase or download on Amazon.

Guests are welcome at no charge, but preregistration is required. Register at:

The Sounding Sea:
The Art of Edward, Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran
Opening July 1, 2021 at the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio

The Civil War wounded the soul of America. The war was cataclysmic. Americans longed for a new era of pride, prosperity, and optimism. Artists and writers looked toward the wild places in nature that could symbolize a pure and new America. The beauty of our natural heritage became the national metaphor for healing.

One of the most powerful subjects that these artists turned to was the sea. It was the ocean’s multiple personalities that lured artists to portray it in its many roles. The sea can be operatic in its fury or poetic when it is placid and alluring. 19th century artists followed our coastlines from north to south. The oceans offered both pleasure and profit.

Join the East Hampton Historical Society as we follow the careers of three members of one of America’s most illustrious artistic families. Within three generations there were almost a dozen artists in the family, by birth or marriage. We look at the paintings of Edward Moran, paintings and etching by Thomas Moran and the etchings of Mary Nimmo Moran. We string together this trio of artists, as we examine their seascapes. When they took-up their brushes and etching needles, the Morans captured the power of the sounding sea for posterity.

The exhibit will open July 1, 2021 and run through September 2021, Thursday – Saturday, 11:00am-3:00pm. Tickets for the museum must be pre-purchased and are available online at:

The East Hampton Historical Society serves the residents and visitors of East Hampton by collecting, preserving, presenting, and interpreting the material, cultural and economic heritage of the town and its surroundings.