Museum’s Virtual Programs & Lectures: Hotels on Fishers

This summer the Museum hosts virtual events. Below you will find the list of upcoming programs.

August 30, 2020
Dear Fishers Islander,

This Sunday, September 6th, at 4 p.m., I hope that you can join me as I host the premier of my recorded illustrated talk entitled, ‘The Rise and Fall of Hotels on Fishers Island.’ This production, co-directed by Marisela LaGrave, rolls back the clock to a period when visitors on Fishers Island could stay at any one of three grand hotels, offering a total of approximately 300 rooms.

The vanished world on display stretches from the launching of the first destination hotel in 1877 to the shuttering of the last of Fishers Island’s major hotels in the early 1940s. Also revealed in later decades are the fiery demise of the original “Big Club” in 1963, and the life, near death, and resurrection of the Pequot Inn, an island institution that has outlasted all its high-class competition (although sadly no longer a hotel). Bring your questions to the screening as I anticipate that a spirited Q and A will follow.

This production was made possible by a generous grant from the Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation.

‘The Rise and Fall of Hotels on Fishers Island.” Pierce Rafferty, Director of the HLFM, will host a screening of his illustrated talk, ‘The Rise and Fall of Hotels on Fishers Island. Co-directed by Marisela LaGrave, this illustrated talk chronicles the life span of all Fishers Island hotels from the launching of the first destination hotel in 1877 to the shuttering of the last of Fishers Island three grand hotels in the early 1940s. Later sections document the fiery demise of the original “Big Club and the resurrection of the Pequot, an island institution that has outlasted all its high-class competition. This production was made possible by a generous grant from the Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation.
Sunday, September 6, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk

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