Every Village Has A Story: Blue Collar Sag Harbor

Fahys Factory Finishing Room Workers - Marianne Rodriguez Collection

For most of the 20th century, Sag Harbor was a blue-collar town in the midst of the blue-blooded Hamptons. This summer, the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is exploring Sag Harbor’s working class roots in “Every Village has a Story” an exhibition and panel discussion series focusing on the people and places that have made Sag Harbor what it is.

The museum recently hosted a reception for “Every Village Has A Story: People” a new exhibition curated by Kathryn Szoka (co-owner of Canio’s Books). The show, which runs through July 18, features photographs and paintings of well-known (and not so well-known) residents who lived and worked in Sag Harbor during the 20th century when it was a bustling community filled with factories, farms, mills, and entrepreneurial workers.

Whether they were factory workers at Bulova or barbers on Main Street, these people and their activities had a profound impact in shaping the village’s unique character and the exhibit celebrates their contribution to the community.

The work on view includes historic imagery from private collections and the archives of the John Jermain Memorial Library and the Sag Harbor Historical Society as well as paintings and photographs by artists Linda Alpern, Michael Butler, Ann Chwatsky, Arthur Leipzig, David Slater and Kathryn Szoka.

In conjunction with the exhibition, on Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m., Bryan Boyhan, publisher emeritus of the Sag Harbor Express, moderates “Meet Me on Main Street,” a panel discussion with four longtime Sag Harbor business owners who will talk about the evolution of the business district and the customers it serves. Scheduled panelists include business owners Nada Barry of The Wharf Shop, Ted Conklin of The American Hotel, Jack Tagliasacchi of Il Capuccino restaurant and Lisa Field of the Sag Harbor Variety Store.

On Sunday, August 14 at 11 a.m., journalist Karl Grossman moderates “When the Noon Whistle Blows,” a discussion focused on the importance Sag Harbor’s industrial past through the memories of residents who worked at factories in and around the village.

The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-0770, www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.