Welcome to the Oysterponds Historical Society!
OHS Awarded Grant for Digital Outreach!
We are delighted to announce that the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has awarded the OHS a grant of $39,966 for a project titled “Digital Outreach at the Oysterponds Historical Society”.
This project will help the OHS to improve communications, increase membership, and share their collections, exhibitions, and programs with the world through communications infrastructure improvements. Important components of the project include updated branding, a redesigned website, a new membership database, and the creation of a new digital repository and digital collection program.
“By establishing a strong technological foundation, we can effectively expand our digital footprint and share our collections and programs with a much wider audience including young people, scholars, and the public,” says Dr. Elsbeth Dowd, Oysterponds’ Executive Director. “Long-term goals include implementing a digital collection project modeled on the University of Nebraska’s History Harvest program, integration of digital humanities platforms and techniques into our online presence, and strengthening partnerships with other institutions on the North Fork and beyond.”
To start preparing for the new website, the OHS invites community members to attend a series of branding workshops. The first workshop will be December 3, 9am at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. Subsequent workshops are scheduled for Dec 18 and Jan 6 and an additional date between Christmas and New Year’s. All are welcome.
The OHS is very grateful to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (www.rdlgfoundation.org) for supporting this project. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history, with an emphasis on Suffolk County. Thanks are also due to OHS volunteers Sara Garretson, Leslie Koch, and Gideon D’Arcangelo for their valuable contributions to this successful proposal.
About the OHS
Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of the Orient and East Marion community and to celebrate its cultures and share its heritage through education, history and scholarship. With a campus containing two different 19th century schoolhouses, three former dwellings and a red barn plus 70,000 artifacts featuring four centuries of textiles, paintings, photographs, tools and domestic furnishings, OHS amply reflects more than two centuries of North Fork life and culture.
The Society provides a cultural record for the four communities making up Orient and East Marion. Over the years Oysterponds has accepted donations of buildings, furniture, historical documents, personal items, farm implements and more, which belonged to the early residents of Oysterponds.
Oysterponds Historical Society 2017:
Thank You Board Members, and Staff!
Thank You Volunteers, Members, and Donors!
Welcome New Board Members!
Incoming 2017 Board Members: Ann ffolliott, Angela Meredith-Jones, Ellen Zimmerman
A special thanks this year to Catherine Chaudhuri, Alyssa Constant, Gideon D’Arcangelo, Dick Gillooly, Jim Latham, Sarah Olmstead, Jan Rose, Kathy Smith, Ted Webb, and Liz Welch.
Many, many thanks to our dedicated committees and volunteer groups: Buildings and Grounds, Collections, Education, Development, Docents, Finance, Master Plan, Membership, Programs, Special Events, and the Tuesday Crew.
Thank you to our local artists and other talented community members who give in so many ways.
Thank you to all our donors, individual and corporate, who have helped us achieve so much this year.
Thank you to the many people not named here – former board members, former presidents, and others who have made the OHS what it is today. We wouldn’t be here without you.
Orient Methodist Church Survey
The North Fork United Methodist Church has announced plans to sell the Orient Methodist Church and Hallelujah Park and is now moving forward to proceed with a sale.
The Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) has been meeting with various community groups, the North Fork United Methodist Church and representatives of Suffolk County and the Town of Southold to explore the future of the Church and Park, which have been a fixture in this community since 1835.
We now need to gauge the commitment of Orient to preserve the Church and Hallelujah Park as a community resource. If there is strong support, OHS will work to find a mechanism to preserve this property, hopefully with governmental, foundation and individual support.
We need your feedback. Please take the Orient Methodist Church Community Survey. We are looking for your views on preservation and support.
Even if you have already sent us your thoughts, we strongly encourage each member of your household to fill out this survey.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
You may take the survey online, or you may download a PDF of the survey and mail it to or drop it off at the OHS offices, PO Box 70, 1555 Village Lane, Orient, New York 11957
We are now busy planning our 2017 exhibitions!
We are looking forward to presenting you with fresh new exhibits in Summer 2017. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for our ongoing programs, activities, and events!
Uniquely themed exhibits are shown throughout the year. A research library is available for those researching the early history of Oysterponds.
The Museum’s artifacts reflect more than four centuries of North Fork life and culture and its buildings represent significant examples of local architecture. The diverse collection includes 18th, 19th, and 20th century furniture, notable maritime paintings, decorative arts, and local tools. The Museum’s substantial collection of historic documents and photographs is open to researchers by appointment.