From the Archives: Summer Column

Happy Summer! How lucky we are to experience the seasons on the east end of Long Island. 

One of the (many) exciting tasks of an Archivist and Local Content Librarian is researching a topic, upon request, that pertains directly to Sag Harbor.  One such request began last fall with young environmentalists; led by a local patron whose teenager is also a member. A local architect, too, worked with the enthusiastic group and began looking at weather events and how they impact us, locally. The young environmentalists asked questions about past extreme weather events, and I answered to the best of the Archives’ holdings.

This inquiry led to another project, headed up by teens, under the umbrella (no pun intended) of coastal resilience. One area in Sag Harbor that has suffered from routine flooding is the Municipal Parking lots behind Main St. at Bridge and Rose Streets. Students worked on a project that discussed the history of said parking lots. Their work led to a project (headed by grown-ups) who volunteered their time to shine a light on the issue of routine flooding by gathering more technical information and formatting it into a video fit for public consumption. I dug into the JJML Archives for photographs, newspaper articles, and other pertinent research to show the history of the development of the parking lot, Long Wharf, and the LIRR as it came and went from Sag Harbor. We only wish the Village board meeting agendas and minutes of the past were digitized and also accessible online. What a resource that archive would be!

Included with this column are a few pictures I thought might be of interest. Wishing you all a healthy and happy summer with many a temperate day.

SAG HARBOR’S LONG WHARF, C.1900. THE JJML LOCAL HISTORY ARCHIVES CENTER.

“SURF BATHING, TIGHERS [SIC] BEACH, SAG HARBOR, L.I.”. THE JJML LOCAL HISTORY ARCHIVES CENTER.  JJML’S SUZIE SMYTH WAS ABLE TO SHED LIGHT ON THE LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT HAVENS’ BEACH WAS ALSO KNOWN AS TIGHE’S BEACH. LOCAL NEWSPAPERS NOTE THAT JUDGE J.G. TIGHE (FROM BROOKLYN) HAD A SUMMER “VILLA” OR “COTTAGE” ON BAY STREET IN THE LATE 1800’S – EARLY 1900’S. DAUGHTER, NELLIE, MARRIED DASSO SCHULTZ. HE WAS EMPLOYED AT FAHY’S AND THEY SETTLED IN SAG HARBOR. JUDGE TIGHE AND HIS WIFE HAD THIRTEEN CHILDREN. HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE AT THE AGE OF 67 IN 1911 (THE CORRECTOR, MAY 27, 1911).

1902 BELCHER HYDE MAP. TIGHE’S PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW. THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, DIGITAL COLLECTIONS.

Caring for the legacies of Sag Harbor is our earnest pleasure and solemn honor.

Please consider donating your family’s photographs, history, and stories to the Local Archives here at JJML.  Email HistoryRoom@johnjermain.org to get in touch with me, Catherine Tremblay, Archivist and Local Content Librarian. 

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