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Imagining the Past: East Hampton Histories

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Pages: 306

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:4/1990 - Prentice Hall College

By: T. H. Breen

T. H. Breen was hired by the East Hampton historical society to write a history of the Mulford Farmstead, a weathered saltbox dating from 1680 and located on Main Street. Breen, an outsider, an historian, and something of an amateur detective, set off to reconstruct the meaning of this property and in the process encountered a fascinating cast of local characters, past and present, who have contributed to, invented, and reinterpreted the history of the town, all for their own purposes. As Breen observes, the very forces that threaten the future of East Hampton -- an unbridled quest for profit and a manifest disregard for a fragile environment -- have always been present. With obvious importance for our time, Imagining the Past invites us to heed an old yet unmastered lesson: the need to know, remember, and learn from our own history.  


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