Past Exhibitions

Recent Acquisitions

The lifeblood of any museum or historical society is the acquisition of new material, and the Oysterponds Historical Society is no exception. Far from being a static organization dedicated solely to the care of old things, OHS is constantly acquiring new items that further tell the story of this small corner of the world. These objects present new opportunities that help us in our goal of informing the present by better understanding the past.

Due to storage limitations we have to be very rigorous in determining what is important and worthy of being added to our collections. Our Collections Committee determines what objects are ultimately acquired by OHS.

The past few seasons have been remarkable for the number of wonderful items that have been presented to the Society. Of the seven exhibitions on view at OHS this season (six here in Village House and one in the Old Point Schoolhouse), four of the exhibitions (Baskets, Ceramics, Recent Acquisitions, Quilts) were directly inspired by new gifts.

Two new acquisitions are too large to show in this small gallery. The nineteenth-century iceboat Redbird, donated by Bob Reeves and shown in an enlarged photograph in the upstairs hallway of Village House, is a brilliant addition to our maritime collection. (The original photograph was taken by William Steeple Davis.) A lovely rococo revival marble-top table from Terrywold in Orient Point was presented by Stephanie Terry Alford. It is an ideal addition to Village House and is on view downstairs in the Vail Family Parlor.

Exhibit Items

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