Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
45 years ago Elizabeth Parker Anderson gave her house to the Town of East Hampton to be used as a library for the people of Springs. The town asked the Springs Historical Society to be responsible for the library. Books were donated and people volunteered and the library was born. 45 years later volunteers continue to work at the library to keep it open and up to date. The library buys new books regularly. People continue to donate books. Some of the donated books are put into circulation,some books are added to the archives collection and some books are sold in our on going book sale. The Springs Community Library is a non profit organization under the Springs Historical Society charter. Our funds are from membership dues and donations and a few book sales.
Come in and visit our bright cheery reading room. We have a collection of children’s books and young adult books, fiction and nonfiction and mysteries. There is a selection of local authors and books of local interest, and a hanging display of archives. Our volunteers are happy to be of assistance or just visit with you. Volunteers are people who are gifts that keep on giving.
There is no better way to spend a cold winter day than to sit in your favorite chair with your favorite warm beverage and a good book to take the chill away. You can be transported to a far away place or into a mystery or into local history. How about lifting up your child or grandchild to read them a story. Give them the gift of reading.
Are you wondering what to give that person who had everything on your list? How about a membership to the Springs Historical Society Library? Or you could make a donation in their name. We will be happy to acknowledge your gift. It would be a gift of knowledge, entertainment , romance or history, a gift that keeps on giving. Annual membership dues are $25.00. At this time of year we ask for your financial support to keep this precious gift of the Springs Library going. If you would like to volunteer and be a gift to the historical society library we would welcome you.
We are located in the Heart of Springs across from Ashawagh Hall next to the Blacksmith Shop on Parsons Place. Our mailing address is post office box 1860, East Hampton, New York 11937 Please make checks payable to the Springs Historical Society. Your donation would be a gift that keeps on giving to the community of Springs.
Holiday gift ideas
SHS Playing cards $10
These playing cards each have a different vintage photo of Springs people and places.
SHS Note cards $2.50
These note cards have artwork depicting scenes of Springs done by the student members of the Springs School Art Program
To purchase any of these items please come see us the Library during our business hours.
The Springs Historical Society was organized in 1975 by a few Springs residents to collect and preserve information and material particularly relevant to the Springs area of East Hampton Town.
Membership is open to anyone wishing to support the organization and its activities.
The Society presents programs on topics related to Springs; collects and preserves documents and photographs from the area and operates the Springs Community Library.
The Society keeps its records in the Ambrose Parsons House which also serves as the Springs Community Library. The building itself is owned by East Hampton Town.
We are located in the heart of Springs Historic District, by the Blacksmiths shop, Ashawagh Hall and Community Presbyterian Church. The Springs General Store and the Pollock - Krasner House is just a few walk-able minutes away.
Springs Historical Society
Elizabeth Parker Anderson (1893-1975)
The Library is housed in the Ambrose Parsons House, which was generously willed to the Town of East Hampton by its owner, Elizabeth Parker Anderson (1893-1975), on her death “to be used as a library for the people of Springs.” Professionally known as Elizabeth Parker, she was an accomplished painter who lived and worked in Springs beginning in the 1950s. A dedicated member of the East Hampton community, in 1957 she co-founded, with fellow artists John Little and Alfonso Ossorio, the Signa Gallery, East Hampton's first commercial gallery devoted to abstract art.
She also inaugurated the art auction scholarship program for Springs students and was a past president of the Springs Improvement Society. In the words of Alfonso Ossorio, “Elizabeth Parker devoted her life to her art and to a constructive involvement with other people…. And for this joyful accomplishment we thank her.” Read more
THE LIBRARY IS OPEN!
WEDNESDAY 10-12 and 2-4