“Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry”

This interactive and inclusive exhibit 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. The Rogers Mansion is a property of the Southampton Historical Museum and is located at 17 Meeting House Lane. The Year of the Whale will be on display from March 4, 2017 to August 4, 2018 and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.

1. Sperm Whale in a Flurry by Louis Ambroise Garneray, c 1840
2. Pyrrhus Concer, African American whaling sailor c. 1890
3. Captain Albert Rogers by Fredrick Spencer c. 1840
4. Whaling Scene Illustration c. 1850
5. Captain Albert Rogers Mansion built in 1843, photo by Jeff Heatley 2013

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