Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Readings from the Letters of Henry Packer Dering at the Custom House
Time: 10AM to 5PM

Custom House
912 Main St (Corner Main and Garden Street)
Sag Harbor, NY

Appointed by George Washington, Henry Packer Dering was the first Customs Collector for the Port of Sag Harbor and his letters offer a candid view into his life during the early 1800s. Ranging from debt and money problems to health issues, education, the effects of weather, and accounting for supplies, we see Dering and his family come alive in familiar ways, as in advising his daughter in 1812 “not to purchase a house for $600 and $800 more in furnishings as the situation of our affairs is not good and there is so great a prospect of war.” Connecting to our interpreted collections, letters will read in different rooms throughout the day.

Presentation: Sag Harbor’s Historic House Styles for Homeowners and Realtors
Time: 11AM – 12PM

Bay Street Theater (in the Lobby)
1 Bay Street
Sag Harbor, NY

Sag Harbor’s historic buildings reflect a rich array of architectural styles and vernacular features spanning three centuries. Jason Crowley, Preservation Director at the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) will explore the village’s architectural history, identifying decorative motifs that can help homeowners and realtors better understand when a building was first constructed, when alterations may have occurred, and what cultural factors may have influenced the building’s style.