Southampton VIllage Starts 375th Anniversary Fund

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With preparations in full swing for the year-long 375th anniversary of Southampton scheduled for 2015, Southampton Village has created a fund to accept donations to pay for planned activities.

The events—which will include a convocation of local historians, a ball at the Southampton Center, a special celebration at the annual Fourth of July parade, and a history festival—each will celebrate a unique portion of Southampton history.

The celebration will begin early in 2015, with a convocation and opening reception at the First Presbyterian Church in February. Over the summer, there will be a rededication of the monument at Conscience Point, where historians believe the first settlers landed in 1640 on June 12. A ball is being planned for that week at the Southampton Center.

In the fall of 2015, the celebration will continue at the SeptemberFest and Harvest Day festivals, and a meeting of all 28 local historical groups on the East End is scheduled for October.

Some of the committee members planning the celebration are Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley; Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer; the director of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, David Bunn Martine; Micah Schlendorf, chair of the Hamptons Visitors Council; Southampton Board of Education member Nicholas Palumbo; and Susan Galardi, director of communications at the Parrish Art Museum.

Contributions to the 375th Anniversary Fund can be mailed to Village Hall at 23 Main Street, Southampton.

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