Amagansett, Then and Now

The 200th anniversary of the Amagansett School District’s founding
The Amagansett School in the early 1900s

   To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Amagansett School District’s founding, the school’s sixth graders have created the Then and Now project, which looks at the district from its creation to the present.
    The yearlong endeavor has given students a unique look at the past. With their teachers’ assistance, they have collected memorabilia, photographs, stories, and other cultural materials that chronicle the school and the hamlet’s history. Students worked together to conduct classroom research, visited the local history section of the Amagansett Library, and documented personal insight through live, in-class interviews with alumni to create a comprehensive and diverse look at the school.
    In a statement, Eleanor Tritt, the school’s superintendent, said that “The Then and Now project has been a rewarding experience for all those involved and has uncovered the many hidden gems that make the Amagansett School a success. Through the collaborative efforts of our students and the community we were able to produce this priceless piece of cinematography that contrasts where we have been with where we are today.”
    The multimedia production will be featured in a viewing for the community on May 8 at 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Alumni are invited to meet in the school’s library at noon to share a light lunch and conversation prior to the screening of the video.
    Those interested in attending have been asked to R.S.V.P. no later than Wednesday by sending an e-mail to thenandnow@aufsd.org with the attendee’s name or by calling the school. Alternatively, a form can be printed from the district’s Web site, aufsd.org, and mailed to Then and Now, Amagansett School, P.O. Box 7062, Amagansett 11930.