Oyster Bay Historical Society
Earle-Wightman House and Angela Koenig Center
20 Summit Street, PO Box 297
Oyster Bay NY 11771
Philip Blocklyn, Executive Director
Oyster Bay Historical Society Collections
Open to the Public
Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
or by appointment
Researchers: Please make arrangements in advance
by calling the Society at 516-922-5032 or by email
The Earle-Wightman House
The Earle-Wightman House at 20 Summit Street is owned by the Town of Oyster Bay and was operated by the Oyster Bay Historical Society as its headquarters before the opening of the Angela Koenig Research and Collection Center in February 2011. The house is now open to the general public for viewing of its Colonial Room, Minister's Parlor, 1940s Kitchen, and Windfall Gift Shop. Beginning in November 2016, a gallery of rotating exhibitions on Oyster Bay's social and cultural history will complete the first floor's rehabilitation.
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The Angela Koenig Center
Historical Society News
Long Island Craft Guild Clay & Fiber Groups Present...
Artists working in fiber and clay express their ideas about blue in all its shades and contexts in an exhibit opening March 7 at the Koenig Center of the prestigious Oyster Bay Historical Society. The public is invited to meet the artists and see their work and artist statements at a reception on Sunday, March 19 from 3 to 6 PM. This exciting work is both functional and sculptural and includes ceramic trays, hand-dyed coats, bowls, vases and boxes, as well as felted and quilted wall pieces in cobalt, indigo, slate blue, and turquoise.
The Long Island Craft Guild is committed to the development of the crafts movement, and seeks to promote the exchange of information and experiences that will benefit both artists and the community.
Book and Map Repair Basics
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Koenig Research & Collection Center
Historical Society Director Philip Blocklyn provides an overview of best practices for handling, preserving, and displaying your books, maps, and other paper-based treasures. The program will include some hands-on demonstrations of simple techniques aimed at keeping your collections safe and secure.
The workshop is free to all current Society members ($10 for nonmember students, and $15 for all others). Call 516-922-5032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Space is limited!
Long Island Traditions Presents
Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal
A Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 30, at 2 pm in the Koenig Center
Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal, while creatively meditating on economic cycles and the American Dream. The film examines the impact of this economic expansion and decline on the lives of workers in steel, grain, textiles, and shipping. A panel discussion follows.
Long Island Traditions Presents
Folk Arts of Long Island and the Hudson River
May 6, at 1 pm on the Oyster Bay Historical Society Lawn
There are many shared maritime traditions of Long Island and the Hudson River, when the region was dominated by water-based transportation. In this program, we will explore boat building and songs of work and play. Participants will include boat builder and model maker Chris Hale, who work at Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue and is a master half-model builder of traditional boats from Long Island and the Hudson River. Rocking the Boat, a volunteer youth program based in the Bronx, will demonstrate traditional boat building skills common in Hudson River work boats. Folksong singers Stephen Sanfilippo and Stuart Markus will perform traditional nautical songs common in the region. The program is free and suitable for families and children.