2022 Summer Exhibitions




Old Point Schoolhouse


The Old Point Schoolhouse’s Janet T. Swanson Exhibition Gallery
is the venue for the annual summer exhibition drawn from OHS’s collections:



“Casting a Wide Net: Fishing on the North Fork” explores the dynamic history of fishing in Orient and East Marion, with a focus on the hard work and resourcefulness of those who have harvested our waters, from the people of the Algonquian Nation to today’s Peconic baymen. Includes an examination of the importance of menhaden, scallops, and oysters to the area. Plus… a bunch of fun and “fishy” activities for kids! Curated by Tom Dyja and John Holzapfel. Exhibition designed by Alison Ventura.  Note: Exhibition is now closed for the season.



Village House


Village House is period-furnished with noteworthy pieces from the OHS collection and shown as
a late 19th-century boarding house, demonstrating a significant chapter in its history.
Six new exhibitions are installed on the 2nd floor:



“Oysterponds at Work (Photography Exhibition)” – This is one of a series of exhibitions drawn from our very large collection of photographs showing the residents of East Marion and Orient as they go about their daily life, engaged in such varied activities as ice cutting; clearing snow; hauling lifesaving equipment; fishing; oiling nets; digging potatoes; and weighing produce.


“A Maritime Miscellany” – Many diverse maritime objects are being brought together for this exhibition—some of them being displayed for the first time: paintings, sailors’ valentines, prints, toys, photographs, relief carvings, shellwork, and even a schooner in a bottle.


“World War I” – Two captivating panoramic photographs of soldiers were the catalyst for this exhibition which displays OHS’s extensive material relating to World War I. Documents include a diary written in the battlefield, poignant letters concerning an Oysterponds soldier who was killed, and instructions given to soldiers on what to pack or carry. Objects include: a gas mask, a trench shovel, a mess kit, helmets, and much more.


“Works on Paper” – Some of OHS’s finest works of art—drawings, watercolors and prints—were created on paper and therefore cannot be on permanent display. This exhibition is an opportunity to bring together some of our collection’s most significant works created in the last 200 years and focus on how they relate to the history of Oysterponds.


“Primary Sources” – This exhibition is a continuation of last year’s display of documents and manuscripts, which constitute by far OHS’s largest and most important collection. This year, the focus is on 19th-century Commonplace Books, often handmade, that were designed to be filled with poems, sayings, drawings, essays, watercolors, clippings, etc. The main themes were usually friendship and love, but sometimes reflections on the loss of loved ones.


“small” – The “small” exhibition, put together by guest curator Charles Dean, takes an up-close look at a varied selection of delightfully diminutive items from the collection. By focusing solely on some of OHS’s smallest objects, we strive to give these pieces—often some of the most important works in the collection—a well-deserved spotlight.



Webb House


The 18th-century Webb House—also period-furnished—was floated across the
bay in 1955 from Greenport to its present location overlooking Poquatuck Park.
It now contains a permanent Maritime Exhibition on the 2nd floor:



“Webb House Permanent Maritime Exhibition” – Given the Oysterponds community’s historical connection and proximity to the sea, it is no wonder that OHS’s collection abounds with significant artwork and artifacts that have to do with ships, seafaring, whaling, etc. This Exhibition, on the 2nd floor of Webb House, is a compelling distillation of the many noteworthy maritime-related items in our collection, including 16 of our maritime paintings and seven of our ship models—many recently restored.





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