Local History Exhibit Center

The Montauk Library Local History Exhibit Center showcases archival materials and objects documenting the history, culture, and residents of Montauk and the surrounding communities. The exhibit center features six digital displays that highlight photographs, oral histories, home movies, and publications from the Montauk Library’s Archives. On the north wall, the Voices in Time display includes framed portraits with QR codes linking visitors to oral history interviews with Montauk community members. 

The display case and corresponding screen present materials and memorabilia from local community organizations, historical societies, and clubs. The display case is open to collaboration from community organizations, churches, businesses, clubs, and groups. To suggest a display, contact archives@montauklibrary.org.

The Local History Exhibit Center is dedicated in honor of Library Trustee Joan Lycke.

Throwback Thursdays: Best of 2023
Season’s Greetings: Holiday cards and photographs from the Montauk Library Archives
Windsor Family Photographs
Pets of Montauk: A Community Slideshow
Montauk Historical Postcards (display case)


Back to School: Photographs and Yearbooks from the Montauk Public School
An Inside View of Gosman’s Kitchen: Photographs by Maria-Louise Sidoroff
At the Docks: Commercial Fishing in the 1970s and 1980s
Oral History Interview with Teresa Harrington Sarno
Montauk Association Houses Historic District
On Montauk: Photography by Kathryn Abbe
John “Skip” Kelsey Home Movies, 1950s-1960s
Surfing in Montauk: A Community Photography Slideshow
Montauk Flora and Fauna: Photographs from the library’s archives, patrons, & staff
Aerial Photographs from the Montauk Library Archives
Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?: Montauk’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 8mm Film from 1964
History of Deep Hollow Ranch: America’s Oldest Cattle Ranch
Deep Hollow Ranch, Ovid Productions, Courtesy of LTV Archives
Wintertime in Montauk: Photographs from the library’s archives, patrons, & staff
Mead Family Collection: Camping in Hither Hills & Ditch Plains
Montauk Oral Histories: Mead Sisters
Camp Hero Photographs: Documenting Camp Hero over time
Community Cookbooks: Highlights & recipes from cookbooks in the library’s collection
Throwback Thursday Throwback: Best of Montauk Library’s #TBTs
Osborne Family Movies, 1930s–1940s

A Guide to the Montauk Library’s Local History Collection
Robert G. Lamparter Postcard Collection
Long Island Railroad
Osborne Family Movies, 1930s–1940s
Andrew J. Thomas – Jackson Estate Album
Hurricane Carol 1954
Shepherd’s Neck Cottages (Presentation by Dan Elliot)
Montauk Library: Before & After
Albert R. Holden Collection
Carleton Kelsey Collection
Harry Bruno Slide Collection
Selling Montauk Slideshow
Voices in Time, an Oral History of Montauk 1926-1943
Tides of Time, An Oral History of Montauk, NY 1942-1960


Coral Reef Project: Montauk Nauti Knitters (2023)
Surfing Memorabilia from the Collection of Tony Caramanico (2023)
Wildfowl Decoys from the East Hampton Historical Society (2023)
Montauk Fire Department: Memory Pieces from Tom Grenci (2022)
Bon Appétit: A Taste of the Archives (2022, 2023)
Montauk Historical Society presents: Who was Carl Fisher? (2022)
Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade display (2022)