An interactive and inclusive exhibit, Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village’s prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height.
Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry.
This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house was built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century.
An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, March 4th, 4 to 6 pm, at the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton, Long Island. Admission to the opening will be free, refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm from March 4th to December 30th, 2017. Exhibit admission is $4, free for members and children 17 and under.
The Rogers Mansion is a property of the Southampton Historical Museum and is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, Long Island.
Illustrations: Above, Sperm Whale in a Flurry by Louis Ambroise Garneray (c. 1840), and below, the Captain Albert Rogers Mansion built in 1843 (2013 photo by Jeff Heatley).