The First Half Century

May 28, 1998

Two 350th anniversary lectures on Saturday at Guild Hall will explore 17th-century East Hampton. At 10 a.m., Christopher Collier will give the first, "East Hampton: A Strategic Outpost of Connecticut in the 1660s," which focuses on Connecticut's Long Island settlements.

A professor of history at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and the Connecticut State historian, Dr. Collier has written extensively about the history of that state, including "Roger Sherman's Connecticut: Yankee Politics and the American Revolution."

He has also written a number of historical novels with his brother, James Lincoln Collier, including "My Brother Sam Is Dead."

At 11 a.m. John Murrin will tackle "East Hampton in the 17th Century," exploring what, if anything, was distinctive about the East Hampton experience during the first half-century of the town's history.

A professor of history at Princeton University, Dr. Murrin is a specialist in early American history, and has co-edited five books, including "Colonial America: Essays in Politics and Social Development." He will serve as president of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic for 1998-99.