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Founded in 1944, Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered by the State of New York.


Whether you contribute to one of our special projects, to our general operations, or to the Griffin Giving Circle program*,  in all cases your funds will go towards the mission of the OHS: to bring people together to share and celebrate the unique history and culture of Orient and East Marion.  By presenting shared experiences from the past, we connect our rich heritage to the present and pass it on to future generations.


Your generosity and ongoing support make it possible for us to present a calendar of compelling programs including exhibitions, lectures, films, webinars, children’s activities, and cultural events; preserve and maintain seven historic buildings on the 8 1/2 acre OHS campus; and care for our collections of historical documents, art, objects, and archives.


 Annual Giving
Your gift to the Oysterponds Historical Society’s Annual Fund touches every aspect of the institution, from exhibition development, care of the historic buildings and the 60,000+ historical items in our collections, community and educational programing, and so much more.


*Griffin Giving Circle
Your contribution to the Griffin Giving Circle program (tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable) represents taking a leadership role in fortifying OHS’s financial health; by joining other Oysterponds leaders who have so generously contributed, you will be making a most meaningful pledge of support to the East Marion and Orient community. Click here for more information.


Matching Gifts
Many employers match their employees’ charitable contributions. Please check with your company’s Human Resources department about a Matching Gift policy. Matching gift forms can be sent to The Oysterponds Historical Society, PO Box 70, Orient, NY 11957.


Special Projects
Gifts to special projects, such as capital improvements to our historic buildings, help us to accomplish major goals that match our donors’ particular interests. For more information, please email


Planned Giving
Passionate about supporting the Oysterponds Historical Society? Want to ensure that we can fulfill our mission well into the future? Planned gifts will help the Oysterponds Historical Society remain a vibrant community asset for generations to come. There are many flexible ways to provide a lasting legacy by including us in your will or other estate plans. We encourage you to consult with your financial advisor and/or legal counsel for more information to make a planned gift.


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