After 17 or 18 years and some $11 million worth of renovations, the well-columned Nathaniel Rogers House at the Main Street and Ocean Road intersection in Bridgehampton can be entered by the public — at least for the Bridgehampton Museum's new book talk and historical lecture series, which will use as venues, according to a flier, the 19th-century mansion and the humbler former Marders nursery outpost next door.
The next one, on April 21 at 6 p.m., will see Tom Clavin of Sag Harbor cracking the spine of his latest book of World War II history, "Lighting Down." The roughly 40-minute talk will be followed by a time for questions, book signings, and a reception with wine and cheese. The cost is $15, or $10 for museum members.
May 5 will bring Donnamarie Barnes of Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor and The Star's David E. Rattray on their Plain Sight Project revealing the history of slavery on the East End, and then on May 19 John Avlon of CNN and his new book, "Lincoln and the Fight for Peace."
Come June, it'll be Amanda M. Fairbanks on the 16th with her tale of a 1980s fishing disaster, "The Lost Boys of Montauk," and Shane Weeks on the 30th with "Good Neighbors: A Shinnecock History From a Shinnecock Perspective."