Ann Sandford will bring to life the untold story of her distant cousin, Nathan Sanford, who is revealed in her latest book, Reluctant Reformer, as an ambitious, pragmatic lawyer and politician who contributed to the expansion of democratic rights and responsive government in post-revolutionary America.
As a lawyer, Sanford contributed to modern property law. In the Senate, he dealt with central banking, struggled against slavery, and supportedpopular voting for presidential electors. At the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821, he fought for universal manhood suffrage. Rising quickly to prominence as the federal attorney appointed by President Jefferson to serve New York State, Sanford navigated a career among Republican factional leaders—DeWitt Clinton, Aaron Burr, and Martin Van Buren—first in New York City, then in the state, and then the nation. In 1824, he ran for vice president on the ticket with Henry Clay. Facing decisions about whom to trust with a militia’s gun and a citizen’s vote, Sanford could shift from his principles toward political compromise, as in restricting black male suffrage and in the removal of Indians from their ancestral lands.
Period snacks and refreshments will be served.
See the Geri Bauer Gallery at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton burst into bloom with the oil paintings of Sag Harbor landscape designer and artist Muriel Hanson Falborn, a dedicated proponent of using native plants in home landscape and garden settings. Her special series “Native Plants: Your Yard’s Beautiful Friends” will be on view along with other floral pieces from her collection.
At 4:00 pm, learn about the PEP Homeowner Rewards Program where homeowners in the Peconic Estuary watershed area can earn up to $500 to offset green infrastructure improvements like installing native plant gardens and rain gardens or using rain barrels to catch rainwater for reuse.
This double-bill is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the Peconic Estuary Program and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered.
You are all cordially invited to the Hampton Library's version of "afternoon tea" in celebration of National Library Week. Wear your fanciest (or silliest) hat, enjoy tea and treats, and socialize as we share a bit about all the Library has to offer to you. Everyone is welcome.