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
Nicole Menchise, Librarian and Archivist
Elizabeth Roosevelt, Windfall Shop Manager
Narissa Palmer, Weekend Docent
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
Opening for Collections Manager
at the Oyster Bay Historical Society
The Collections Manager will serve as the primary contact for the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s archival and special collections materials, and manage the day-to-day activities associated with the maintenance of the collections, archives and the collection facilities.
Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three work-related references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin March 13.
In Faith and Hope
The Hood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Congregation, Community, and Common Heritage
February 11 through April 23 in the Earle-Wightman House
In honor of Black History Month, the Oyster Bay Historical Society presents an exhibition on the history of the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church and its congregation. As Oyster Bay’s oldest, continuously-practicing congregation in its original building, the Church has deep roots in what was once known as the Carll’s Hill neighborhood in Pine Hollow. In addition to the Church on South Street, the congregation is responsible for the historic Pine Hollow Cemetery – the final resting place of David Carll and other African-American Civil War veterans. Along with never-before-seen records of the early Church, family images and histories of current congregants will also be on display.
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.
The Long Journey Home: Nichols' Eaglet
An Illustrated Lecture With Park Ranger MaryLaura Lamont
William Floyd Estate, Fire Island National Seashore
Sunday, March 26, at 2 pm in the Koenig Center
National Park Service Ranger MaryLaura Lamont returns to the Oyster Bay Historical Society for a presentation on eagle nesting at The William Floyd Estate. The program takes place on Sunday, March 26, beginning at 2 pm in the Angela Koenig Center on 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 516-922-5032 for more information.
"They used to talk about the eagles nesting here in the 1920s and '30s. Then they disappeared, just like all over Long Island. I call the program Nichols’ Eaglet, because if it weren’t for the Nichols family donating their land for preservation, as well as the house, the eagles would have had no place to come home to. Now we have our first eagle nest in about eighty years. It’s a very historic event, and I'm delighted to have discovered it.”
Naturalist and Park Ranger MaryLaura Lamont oversees interpretive programs at the William Floyd Estate, as well as serving as the education chair of the Long Island Botanical Society.