The book, Indian Place Names on Long Island by William Wallace Tooker, part of JJML’s Sag Harbor History Room collection is currently on loan to the Sag Harbor Historical Society as part of their exhibit My Dear Long Island Home. This exhibit, which runs through June 26, 2010, brings together a selection of artists, writers poets and others who at one time called Sag Harbor home. The work of these artists reflects the times in which they lived and especially their love of Sag Harbor. The exhibit can be viewed at the Historical Society’s Annie Cooper Boyd house on Main Street, across the street and a few houses north of the John Jermain Memorial Library.
In addition to Tooker, the exhibit includes works by and information about Ellen Arnott Bates, author of High-Up-House and a talented musician; Reverend Edward Hopper, author of the hymn Jesus, Savior Pilot Me, and several books including The Dutch Pilgrim and One Wife Too Many; Hubbard Latham Fordham, an artist known especially for his portraits several of which are in the collection of the Whalers’ Museum; Prentice Mulford, philosopher and author of the book of essays, The White Cross Library; and Annie Cooper Boyd, whose diaries, paintings and watercolors of Sag Harbor and environs have been documented in the recently released book Anchor to Windward.
Also on display is Early Sag Harbor Printers and their Imprints on loan form the private collection of Library Director Catherine Creedon, as well as Flag on the Mill, and Prairie Days by Mary Breck Sleight, Prose Pieces and Poems by Mary L’Hommedieu Gardiner and Verses by Frances Hunt Palmer from the private collection of Dorothy Zaykowski. Another special addition are two rare miniatures. One is from the collection of Joy Lewis portraying William Huntting Cooper, the father of Annie Cooper Boyd as a young man, by Hubbard Latham Fordham. The second is from the hand of Orlando Hand Bears, on loan from Mildred Dickinson, a descendant of the artist. The subject of this one is Miranda Gibbs Bears, the artist’s mother.
The John Jermain Memorial Library is pleased to have been able to contribute to this exhibit chronicling Sag Harbor’s long history as home to artists, writers and musicians which continues to this day.