Celebrating Oysterponds
History and Heritage

OHS Response to the Pandemic

 

All of us at OHS—our staff, Board, and community volunteers—continue to hope that each of you, your loved ones, and your friends are safe during this time. Nothing is more important.

 

As we approach the time of year when our signature events would be held, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot hold North Fork Fresh or the Annual Benefit, at least in their traditional forms. We are discussing alternate ways to bring some elements of these events to you. Additionally, we are in the process of planning a “virtual” Heritage Day; stay tuned for further information.

 

As difficult as these decisions were, OHS has pivoted to find new ways to engage, educate, and entertain our community about our rich culture and history. Our staff has developed and implemented an extremely well-received program of online events, the “Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series,” bringing interesting content to you by way of Zoom webinars. We’ve had an extraordinary response to these lectures, drawing participants from across the country—and, indeed, the world—in addition to our own backyard of East Marion and Orient. OHS has received positive press coverage—check out the “OHS in the News” page, accessible by clicking on this site’s top menu under the “About” tab.

 

The success of these virtual lectures confirms that there is a continued, enthusiastic appetite for what OHS does, and that it can be delivered in multiple ways via myriad media to the community and public at large. Developing and delivering these lectures has taken time and effort and we salute our staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to bring them to you. It also inspires us to explore expanding our online offerings.

 

The OHS Board and various committees and volunteers have been holding meetings to assess the impact of the pandemic on our financial position. We have been compelled to shut our campus indefinitely, cancel our primary annual fundraising events, and move quickly to reduce expenses. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that the loss of anticipated event revenue has put financial stress on the organization and made difficult the task of fulfilling our mission.

 

There are many highly worthy organizations in need right now and we fully expect people to prioritize what is most important to them.  In the midst of these uncertain times we have but one simple request:

 

Please consider OHS and, if you can, help fortify OHS’s financial health by becoming a member, renewing your membership or donating to us in any amount. You can do so by clicking on the “Get Involved” tab on the top menu or the “Donate Now” button above.

 

We have big plans for the future and look forward to the time that we can open our doors, present the best of Oysterponds, and celebrate this remarkable place we all love.

 

Exhibitions

The annual summer exhibitions in Village House and the Old Point Schoolhouse draw on OHS’s extraordinary 60,000+ item collection of art, manuscripts, and historical objects, illustrating stories of Orient and East Marion.

OHS’s 2020 Summer Exhibitions are slated to include Iceboating In Oysterponds;   Oysterponds People: Captain W.W. Stephenson & Private John Henry Young;   Maritime Photographs;   Primary Sources: Documents From the OHS Archives;   Recent Acquisitions;   Signs & Banners; and  Firefighting in Oysterponds.

Village House Period Rooms

Webb House Period Rooms

 

Programs and Events

Spotlight

Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series – “Lyon & Marrichjen Gardiner: The Bachelor & The True Love, 1624-1638”

Wed., June 3rd @ 4pm.   Mary Morgan presents the fascinating story of Gardiner’s Island scion Lyon Gardiner and his wife Marrichjen Duercant—how they met, how they came to the New World, and how they ended up on Gardiner’s Island.   OHS utilizes Zoom Video Conferencing, an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing and webinars.  Note: Do […]

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Upcoming

Alone Together Virtual Lecture Series – “Lyon & Marrichjen Gardiner: The Bachelor & The True Love, 1624-1638”

Wed., June 3rd @ 4pm.   Mary Morgan presents the fascinating story of Gardiner’s Island scion Lyon Gardiner and his wife Marrichjen Duercant—how they met, how they came to the New World, and how they ended up on Gardiner’s Island.   OHS utilizes Zoom Video Conferencing, an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing and webinars.  Note: Do […]

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and Lynne Biggar

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