Past Exhibitions

2021 Summer Exhibitions

Home Teams: Baseball on the North Fork, co-curated by Tom Dyja and Billy Hands.

Copious historical artifacts from OHS’s collection, complemented by deep research into adjacent communities, illustrate how, for more than 150 years, the people of the North Fork of Long Island have been both enthusiastic participants in and devoted fans and spectators of America’s pastime. Alison Ventura, Exhibition Designer.


Oysterponds People: Captain W.W. Stephenson & Private John Henry Young

This exhibit will concentrate on two celebrated native son veterans of the Civil War and related artifacts, including photographs of Stephenson, a recruitment poster with his name, a diary, a sketch of his camp, his trunk, and more. Equally absorbing are Young’s extensive Civil War diaries and photographs of Young taken both during the war and decades after at memorial events.


Maritime Photographs

Presents a fascinating view of maritime vessel photographs—all with storied connections to Oysterponds. Sections will be devoted to naval vessels; five-masted schooners; and the side-wheeler steamboats that brought visitors to Orient.


Reliable Sources: Documents from the OHS Archives

Sheds light on day-to-day life in East Marion and Orient over a period of several hundred years. Focus will be on some of the most compelling items in OHS’s distinguished collection.


Recent Acquisitions

Recent acquisitions in the OHS collection include an 1808 “Porter Contract Clock” made by renowned Connecticut clock maker Eli Terry; a shoemaker’s bench that came from Orient’s Hommel House, located near the wharf; a large silver spoon, made by the Pelletreau family, the leading LI silversmiths of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; a large mounted collection of East Marion and Orient post cards; and much more.


Firefighting in Oysterponds

Focuses on the Orient and East Marion fire departments and their essential role in the community. Includes engrossing material such as old photographs; documents; medals; old fire buckets; firefighting uniforms and headgear; fascinating images of the firemen with their firefighting equipment, etc.


An Orient Garden, curated by Charles Dean

This exhibition presents the 38-year history of Village Lane’s Adsworthy Garden, begun by Skip Wachsberger, and details its various transformations with photos of the garden, paintings inspired by the garden, and other materials related to Skip’s gardening interests.



Art Exhibition: Darlene Charneco

For its 2021 Road Show, Water Mill, NY’s Parrish Art Museum has invited mixed-media artist Darlene Charneco to create a site-specific exhibition, Symbiosome Schoolhouse, at OHS’s Old Point Schoolhouse. Darlene, currently artist-in-residence at the William Steeple Davis Trust, is studying, living, and working in the artist’s former house and studio in Orient.

Exhibit Items

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