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Historic Site Connected to the Culper Spy Ring Added to Emma Clark Library’s Museum Pass Collection

Setauket, NY – January 20, 2022 –

Emma Clark Library has recently added Raynham Hall Museum, located in Oyster Bay, to its very popular Museum Pass Collection. This museum complements the collection well and would be of particular interest to Three Village residents for its connection to the Culper Spy Ring, the group of George Washington’s spies during the American Revolution, which has strong roots in Setauket.

Raynham Hall Museum is the home of Robert Townsend (alias Samuel Culper, Jr.), one of the Culper Spy Ring agents. This engaging museum of history and espionage is open for docent-guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. It is open for self-guided tours, featuring an exciting, augmented reality experience on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting every hour from 1pm to 4pm.

Patrons who borrow a Museum Pass may receive free admission for two adults and two children (up to 17 years) for either a guided tour or self-guided tour in the education center. It also includes a 10% discount at the museum shop. This pass is a “Print on Demand”, which means there is no need to pick up or return a physical pass to the Library. Users may print the pass from any computer, even from home. To reserve a pass, Library cardholders may visit emmaclark.org/museum-passes.

The Museum Pass program at Emma Clark Library now features 34 museums, gardens, historic sites, and cultural institutions on Long Island and in New York City. The program encourages learning through experience and makes museum visits affordable for all. In 2021, there were 961 free museum visits for library patrons.

Those who borrow passes through Emma Clark’s Museum Pass program are encouraged to share their adventures on social media with the hashtag #EmmaTakesMePlaces. Emma Clark Library may be found on Facebook @emmaclarklibrary, Instagram @emmaclarklibrary, or Twitter @ESCML.

The mission of Raynham Hall Museum is to enable visitors of the nearly 300-year-old Townsend family home in Oyster Bay to experience what it meant to be prominent merchants and heroic patriots, and to become engaged in the worlds of espionage, domestic life and the decorative arts. For more information on the Raynham Hall Museum, visit raynhamhallmuseum.org.

The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket and on the web at www.emmaclark.org, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District.

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