Six New exhibitions in Village House for 2022!



Now open – hours are Fridays and Sundays 2 to 5pm; Saturdays 11am to 5pm.


Admission for OHS Members and children is FREE.


Admission for non-member adults is $10, which grants same-day admission to all exhibitions.


Oysterponds Historical Society
1555 Village Lane
Orient, NY


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.



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