The East Hampton Historical Society has put together another richly-illustrated and installed exhibit of artifacts and material culture related to how the town’s ancestors worked, played, and dressed at a specific moment in time.
This particular outing is dedicated to the period between the two world wars, also known as the Jazz Age. While typically thought of as the Roaring Twenties, like many eras, it overlaps with the decades preceding and succeeding it, touching a bit on the somber mood just after World War I and encroaching into the Great Depression.
Richard Barons, the society’s executive director, said the choices of what to exhibit in the summer, made from the ideas generated by the collections and education committees, are based on what the society has in its collection and what it can borrow.
On the Library of Congress Web site, he discovered hand-colored photographs from the era he thought were “so glorious, we felt we must display some of them.” Then, East Hampton residents contributed some of their own artifacts. Peggy Sherrill, for instance, brought in some of her mother’s Jazz-Age dresses, which were added to pieces in the society’s collection along with other photographs and articles of clothing.
Art Deco-style wallpaper — a Frank Newbold discovery — a few new mannequins, and an overall theme of a cocktail party, gave the exhibition its shape. Mr. Barons said, “this show has almost 100 photographs from so many sources,” including the society’s own collection and the Long Island Collection of the East Hampton Library. “We scan them and then enlarge and frame each one.”
There are also period vases, champagne buckets, and even an old bootleg bottle of whiskey, still intact including its uncontaminated contents, found in the 1922 wreck of the Lizzie D. by Steve Bulenda and Dennis Knopp in 1978.
The show will be on view through Oct. 13.