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. 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.
Saturday, Dec. 3, First OHS Branding Session
9-11:30am Poquatuck Hall
Saturday, December 10:
Holiday House Tour and Holiday Party!
Sunday, December 11:
Community Sing 2pm
Weekends Nov 26-27, Dec 3-4, Dec 10-11:
Beach Plum Shop 12-4pm
We are now busy planning our 2017 exhibitions!
Thank you for a wonderful summer! 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!