2016 Exhibitions and Events
Saturday, December 10
Painting Daily: Journals at the Source
An Exhibition Inspired by the Diary of Mary Cooper
Earle-Wightman House Gallery
Journal Workshop with Beth Vendryes Williams
Sunday, December 4, 1 pm to 4 pm
Artist Beth Vendryes-Williams explores the tradition of journal writing and sketching in a workshop where participants—through a combination of writing, drawing, painting, collage, and photography—examine the many ways journals can creatively document an individual’s feelings and ideas over the course of a lifetime. The workshop takes place on Sunday, December 4th, from 1-4 p.m. at the historic Earle-Wightman house at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay.
No prior artistic experience necessary. Attendees should bring a journal or notebook, and are encouraged to arrive with printed materials and writings that inspire. A variety of art supplies will be available for use. Some journal/sketch books will be on hand to purchase.
Cost is $40 per person. Space is limited to 20 people, registration is recommended. For more information call 516-922-5032.
Fifth Annual Plein Air Exhibition
in the Koenig Center through November 27
Featuring the work of twenty-five artists from the 2016 Teaching Studios of Art competition at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay held the 5th Annual Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, 2016. The two-day competition culminated with a reception, awards ceremony and exhibition opening at the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Angela Koenig Center. The exhibition remains on view through November 27.
Watercolor by its nature cannot be controlled, and your success will depend upon your willingness to accept that fact
-- Mario Andres Robinson
Lessons in Realistic Watercolor
A book signing with Mario Robinson
November 19 at 1 pm in the Koenig Center
On Saturday, November 19, the Oyster Bay Historical Society hosts a book talk and signing with Mario Robinson, who will be discussing his recently published book Lessons in Realistic Watercolor: A Contemporary Approach to Painting People and Places in the Classical Tradition. The program begins at 1:00 pm in the Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Center, at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Admission and refreshments are free to all. Copies of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor will be available for purchase and signing.
Doors open at 11 am for visitors to view Oyster Bay’s fifth annual Plein Air Exhibition, featuring work from the Teaching Studios of Art’s competition at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of exhibited work helps support the Historical Society’s public programs.
About the book:
In the tradition of American painters such as Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent, Mario Andres Robinson shows us how to create beautiful, timeless, classical watercolor paintings through the use of simple, yet sophisticated, contemporary techniques every watercolorist needs to know. Robinson gives watercolorists of every skill level—from beginner to advanced to professional—encouraging advice and the must-have materials and techniques information they need to take their realistic painting to the next level. Richly illustrated, the book features over 100 of Robinson’s luminous, emotive watercolors; works by past and present watercolor masters, including John James Audubon, Henry Casselli, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Michael Lowery, John Singer Sargent, and Stephen Scott Young; 8 in-depth step-by-step painting demonstrations; color charts; product illustrations; and diagrams.
About the author:
Mario Robinson is the author of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor, published this spring by Monacelli Press. His work has been featured in both The Artist’s Magazine and American Art Collector, as well as on the cover of American Artist. Represented by Arcadia Contemporary Gallery in Los Angeles, he has been named one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40. This September he served as juror for the Teaching Studios of Art’s plein air competition at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay.
Civil Rights on Long Island
A book talk and signing with Christopher Verga
Thursday, November 10, at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
Long Island has been in the corridors of almost all major turning points of American history, but Long Island has been overlooked as a battleground of the civil rights movement. Since early colonization by the English settlers in the 17th century, the shadow of slavery has bequeathed a racial caste system that has directly or indirectly been enforced. During World War II, every member of society was asked to participate in ending tyranny within European and Asian borders. Homeward-bound black soldiers expected a societal change in race relations; instead they found the same racial barriers they experienced prior to the war. They were refused homes in developments such as Levittown, denied mortgages, and had their children face limited educational opportunities. Collective efforts from organizations such as Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) employed civil disobedience as a tactic to fracture racial barriers.
Christopher Verga is a local historian and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College. Christopher utilized images from local historical societies, private collections, and the African American Museum of Nassau County to create a narrative of civil rights challenges and triumphs.
Walking Tours of Oyster Bay
Led by Historical Society Director Philip Blocklyn
Six Saturdays in 2016, beginning at 3:00 pm
June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 8, and November 5
$15 per person, $5 for ages 12-17
Advance registration required
Join Oyster Bay Historical Society Director Phil Blocklyn on a foot tour of Oyster Bay, featuring the historical sites along East and West Main Street, Audrey Avenue, and South Street in the heart of the hamlet. No two tours the same. Interaction among members of the tour always welcome. Leisurely weekend pace. For more details, or to make a reservation, contact the Society at 516-922-5032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ghastly Grounds Returns
Friday, October 28, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
The Oyster Bay Historical Society presents the fifth annual Ghastly Grounds on Friday, October 28th, from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. Bring your little princess, robot, superhero or ghost to the historic Earle-Wightman house and garden for games like skeleton scavenger hunt and beanbag toss, along with the return of a new favorite: the potato sack race. Visit the scary or sassy temporary tattoo station for all to enjoy. Everyone gets a ghastly goody bag upon arrival. Perfect for children 10 and under. Suggested $5 donation.
The fun begins at the Earle-Wightman House, 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. For details contact the Society at 516-922-5032 or email@example.com.
Out of the Box
Unique, Unusual and Unsettling Items in the Society Archives
Wednesday, October 19, at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
In celebration of Archives Month, the Oyster Bay Historical Society will host a lecture by Librarian/Archivist Nicole Menchise discussing her top picks within the Society’s collection. These rarely seen items will delight, inspire, and perhaps even shock those in attendance.
The event will take place Wednesday, October 19th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Koenig Research Center - located at 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, behind the historic Earle-Wightman house. A question-and-answer session, with light refreshments, will follow the evening's presentation. The program is free and open to the public. For more details, call 516-922-5032, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sagamore Hill: TR's Summer White House
A book talk and signing with Bill Bleyer
Thursday, October 6, at 7 pm in Christ Church Parish Hall
No house better reflects the personality and interests of its owner than Theodore Roosevelt’s cherished Sagamore Hill. After Roosevelt returned to Oyster Bay following the death of both his beloved wife and mother, he and his second wife, Edith, made the house a home for their growing and rambunctious family. What began as the perfect getaway from unhealthy New York City summers in his grandfather’s day became the Summer White House during Roosevelt’s presidency. He hosted political guests like Henry Cabot Lodge and cultural luminaries like novelist Edith Wharton. Roosevelt spent his final years happily at Sagamore Hill, and after his death in 1919, the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the National Park Service preserved the house. With previously unpublished photographs and a detailed guide to the house and grounds, historian Bill Bleyer recounts bygone days at Roosevelt’s haven.
Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday, the Long Island daily newspaper, for thirty-three years before retiring in 2014. He is co-author of Long Island and the Civil War, published in 2015 by The History Press, and has been published in Civil War News, Naval History, Sea History, Lighthouse Digest, the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, the Toronto Star and others. Bleyer graduated from Hofstra University and earned a master’s in urban studies at Queens College of CUNY.
Jump In! Help Protect Our Water!
A Water-Awareness Talk with Matthew Rizzo
September 19 at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
Pesticides, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, and other pollutants are contaminating our ground water and challenging the viability of our aquifers. As Long Island continues to develop, over-pumping threatens the quantity and quality of our water.
Matthew Rizzo leads a discussion of the Jump In! campaign, a public awareness outreach program funded by the Long Island Community Foundation and designed by Grassroots Environmental Education, whose mission is to inform consumers about threats to Long Island's ground and surface waters and the actions we can take to effect solutions.
The evening's program takes place at the Society's Angela Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay, and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Call the Historical Society at 516-922-5032 for more information.
The American Revolution on Long Island
A book talk and signing with Joanne Grasso
September 12 at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
An Island at War...
The American Revolution sharply divided families and towns on Long Island. Washington's defeat at the Battle of Long Island in August 1776 started seven years of British occupation. Patriot sympathizers were subject to loyalty oaths, theft of property, and the quartering of soldiers in their homes. Those who crossed the British were jailed on prison ships in Wallabout Bay in Brooklyn, where an estimated eleven thousand people died of disease and starvation. Some fought back with acts of sabotage and espionage, while Washington's famed Culper spy ring in Oyster Bay, Setauket, and other areas successfully tracked British movements across an island at war.
Dr. Joanne Grasso is an adjunct assistant professor of history and political science, specializing as an Americanist in the American Revolution, among other areas. She teaches at area Long Island colleges, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the American Revolution Round Table in New York City.
New Look at the Earle-Wightman House
Saturday, September 10, 1 - 3 pm
Visit the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Earle-Wightman House for a Fall Preview Reception, featuring a look at the newly reinterpreted Colonial Room and Minister's Parlor, and a glimpse of the brand-new 1940s Kitchen.
The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 516-922-5032.
Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island
The Historical Society's Spring/Summer Exhibition
Curated by Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions
Featuring the Ida May Project of Oyster Bay
On view through Sunday, September 4, 2016
in the Angela Koenig Center
Sunday, May 15, 2 pm
Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island, the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s summer exhibition, remains on view through September 4 in the Society’s Angela Koenig Center at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Curated by Nancy Solomon, executive director of Long Island Traditions, the exhibition presents graphic panels profiling a selection of our region’s boat builders and restorers. The exhibition also provides featured coverage of the Ida May Project’s replication of the 1925 oyster harvesting boat that worked Oyster Bay’s waters until 2009.
Admission is free. Donations and membership subscriptions help support the Society’s ongoing schedule of public programs. For more information, contact the Society at 516-922-5032.
Other Builders and Yards in the Exhibition
Bayles Boat Shop
Long Island Seaport and Eco Center, Port Jefferson
Ken Budny and John Taylor
Boat Restorers, Brookhaven
Boat Builder and Restorer, Greenport
Commercial Fishing Boat Builders, Bellmore
Dan Knutson, manager, Huntington
Boat Builder and Bayman, Southampton
John Remsen, Sr.
Boat Builder, Freeport
South Bay Boat Repair
Charlie Balsamo, builder and restorer, Patchogue
Alan Steiger, founder and owner, Bellport
Weeks Yacht Yard
Kevin Weeks, owner and manager , Patchogue
On Monday, July 18th, at 7 pm in the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Center, volunteers from the Ida May Project will be on hand to discuss the work to date on replicating an oyster dredge that worked the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor for over 75 years. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The not-for-profit Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corporation has taken on the replication of the oyster dredge Ida May, now ongoing in Building J at the Oyster Bay Western Waterfront. As part of the mission to preserve the tradition of wooden boatbuilding in Oyster Bay, the Ida May Project has the objective of replicating this historically significant vessel and launching it on a new career as a floating classroom similar to that of Christeen.
This presentation will reprise briefly the history of Ida May, the origin of the project and the involvement of volunteers in the construction effort, before turning to the building process itself and the progress made so far. Photos will illustrate the work that has been accomplished to date. Following the presentation a panel discussion with some of the Ida May Project volunteers will take a look at their experiences building a traditional wooden boat, their reasons for accepting the challenge, and their thoughts on what it all means to the community. A questions-and-answer session will complete the evening.
Ida May Progress Report
July 18th at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Lecture
hosted by the Oyster Bay Historical Society
Darrin Lunde, author of The Naturalist
Theodore Roosevelt: A Lifetime of Exploration,
and the Triumph of American Natural History
Thursday, June 30, at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
On Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 pm, author Darrin Lunde discusses his new book The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, a Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History at the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Angela Koenig Center on 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay.
Lunde, a mammal specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, details how an asthmatic young boy from New York City became a driving force in the study of American wildlife and species preservation.
Admission is free and open to the public
Special Thanks to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
for bringing this lecture to the Historical Society
Oyster Bay Music Festival Returns for 2016
Two late-afternoon concerts at the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Koenig Center
Monday and Wednesday, June 27 and 29, beginning at 5 pm
Concerts throughout Oyster Bay, indoors and out, day and evening,
from June 24 through July 2
Featuring thirty-five talented young musicians ranging in ages from 9 to 24, including pianists, wind and string instrumentalists, and singers
Monday, June 27, at 5:00 pm
Politically Charged: Music for Change
A concert devoted to composers, or specific works of music, inspired by the desire for political change
Wednesday, June 29, at 5:00 pm
Coming to America
Music and stories by composers who immigrated to America, or were strongly influenced by a trip to America
Annual Meeting of the Oyster Bay Historical Society
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 6 pm
Angela Koenig Research Center
20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 6 pm
Angela Koenig Research Center
20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay
President: Stephen Walker
First Vice President: Denice Evans-Sheppard
Second Vice President: Elliott Garrison
Treasurer: Fran Leone
Secretary: Linda Bruder
Membership Coordinator: Fran Leone
Class of 2017
Charles Doering Fran Leone
Denice Evans-Sheppard Tina Mazzarella
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Linda Bruder Gail Walker
John Hammond Stephen Walker
Researching Family & Community History
Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 pm in the Koenig Center
Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 pm in the Koenig Center
Francis S. Carl and Denice Evans-Sheppard, authors
Footsteps of a Forgotten Soldier: The Life and Times of David Carll
Georgette Grier-Key, executive director and curator
Eastville Community Historical Society
Nicole Menchise, archivist and librarian
Oyster Bay Historical Society
Philip Blocklyn, moderator
Oyster Bay Historical Society
On Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 the Oyster Bay Historical Society hosts a special panel discussion dedicated to current best practices for researching your family and community history. Joining in the discussion are Francis Carl and Denice Evans-Sheppard, authors of Footsteps of a Forgotten Soldier: The Life and Times of David Carll; Georgette Grier-Key, executive director and curator of Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor; and Nicole Menchise, librarian and archivist at the Oyster Bay Historical Society. The panel will consider a broad range of topics, such as establishing goals and expectations for your research, avoiding mistakes, managing your time and resources, and locating helpful and trustworthy sources of information. The ninety-minute program, moderated by Historical Society director Philip Blocklyn, will include time for audience questions and comments. Those in attendance should expect to find useful guidance in their own current projects, as well as inspiration to set out on new courses of research.
The discussion takes place in the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Center at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay, and is funded in part by a generous Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored in part by a generous Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
A direct descendant of Civil War veteran and Oyster Bay resident David Carll, Francis Carl felt drawn to the story of his family’s history from an early age. A graduate of Central Islip High School, he served in The United States Army for three years before attending college at Long Island University and Central Texas College. Currently a federal government contractor for the Department of Justice, he feels that his close proximity to the National Archives and the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC, has been instrumental in telling the Carll family story.
Author and publisher Denice Evans-Sheppard has been at work researching her family’s history for most of her life, following the narratives handed down to her from her parents and grandparents. Currently living in the house of Civil War veteran David Carll, she and her cousin Frank Carl have both shown a great passion for bringing the story of their ancestor to life. A board member of the Oyster Bay Historical Society and freelance contributor to the Oyster Bay Guardian, she owns Carll Hill Publishing Emporium, an outlet for developing writers to publish their work.
Outspoken advocate for the preservation and celebration of Long Island history and endangered historic sites, Georgette Grier-Key serves as Executive Director and Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, New York. Founded in 1981 and chartered by New York State in 1986, the Society preserves the history of the working-class community of Eastville and tells the story of St. David AME Zion Church. Widely believed to have been a stop along the Underground Railroad, the church was built in 1839 on Eastville Avenue by African Americans and Native Americans.
Since 2010, Nicole Menchise has worked as librarian and archivist at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, where she has developed a popular series of public programs on best practices for preserving family history. Her degrees include studies in geography, cartography, and history at the University of Memphis, and library science at Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science, where she also received the Advanced Certificate in Archives and Records Management. Her column Behind the Times appears regularly in the Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot.
Visit the Oyster Bay Historical Society's table at the WaterFront Center's Bay Day and bring home a sailor's sea shell collage you make yourself
Inspired by ‘sailor valentines’ brought back to Long Island from the Caribbean in the 19th Century, the Oyster Bay Historical Society invites all little mates to join in the fun creating their own collage from shells, sand and other dried, natural elements. Design your own background or choose from an assortment of sea life, ship or lighthouse pictures. Take home a unique piece of art ready to be displayed as a family keepsake or gift.
The Historical Society's May Lecture and Garden Party
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
On Sunday, May 29, at 3:00 the Oyster Bay Historical Society welcomes Long Island historian and preservation advocate Monica Randall for a special look at Louis Comfort Tiffany’s estate and gardens at Laurelton Hall, featuring rarely-seen images from Tiffany family scrapbooks. Following the presentation, tea sandwiches, scones, and champagne cocktails will be served in the Society’s colonial garden.
The program takes place in the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Center at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are requested.
Call 516-922-5032 for reservations. Hats encouraged!
Sacred Sites Open House Weekend
Hood A.M.E. Zion Church & Pine Hollow Cemetery
Saturday, May 21, 2016
On Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10:00 am, the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church at 137 South Street in Oyster Bay celebrates New York State’s Sacred Sites Weekend with an open house and tour of the church’s Pine Hollow Cemetery. Scheduled events begin at 137 South Street, with tours of the church and parsonage. At noon, the Cultural Historic Tour will transport guests to the church’s Pine Hollow Cemetery, where Civil War veterans of the 20th and 26th United States Colored Infantry are buried. The day concludes with a picnic for tour participants on the grounds of the Oyster Bay Historical Society at 20 Summit Street. Please RSVP to 516-922-5032.
The Hood A.M.E. Zion Church
Named after an early pastor, this is the oldest church in Oyster Bay whose congregation worships in its original building. The original wood frame structure, erected in 1856 only a few years after the congregation’s founding, was faced with brick in the 1930s.
Open House Weekend
Congregations throughout New York State are invited to open their doors for this annual event so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the wonderful art, architecture and history of our Sacred Sites. Visitors can also learn about the crucial social and cultural programming these magnificent religious institutions provide their communities.
On Sunday, May 15, at 2:00, the Oyster Bay Historical Society welcomes Nancy Solomon for a special behind-the-scenes talk on her 2012 exhibition From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester. Ms. Solomon will discuss the reasons for undertaking the project, the path she took in curating the exhibition, and the follow-up fieldwork she conducted after Superstorm Sandy struck the region.
The program takes place in the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Center at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Donations help support the Historical Society’s schedule of public programming. Call 516-922-5032 for more information.
Folklorist and Executive Director of Long Island Traditions, Nancy Solomon holds an MA degree in American Studies and Folklife from George Washington University. Ms. Solomon is the author of On the Bay: Bay Houses and Maritime Culture of Long Island and West Meadow Beach: A Portrait of a Long Island Beach Community. She serves as an adjunct professor of anthropology at Hofstra University and lectures extensively on the history and traditions of Long Island’s fishermen and baymen. She is the curator of the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s current exhibition on boat builders and boatyards of Long Island, adapted from her 2012 exhibition.
Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island
A Curator’s Talk with Nancy Solomon
Sunday, May 15, 2:00 pm
This Common Heritage program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Workshop with Nicole Menchise
Sharing Your Family History in the 21st Century
Saturday, April 30, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Ever wonder why there aren't more historical documents searchable online? Wish it were easier to exchange genealogical information with other far-away members of your family?
By creating a digital archive of your personal items and creating easy-to-share audio recordings of interviews, you will be able to distribute your memories with family across the country and across the globe. With just a few simple steps you will learn how easy it is to preserve your keepsakes digitally and always have a back-up in case disaster strikes.
Topics will include hands-on teaching of the fundamentals of scanning and cataloging your photographs, photo albums, and scrapbook pages; how to record and share interviews and special occasions; and a quick look at some of the latest digital-scrapbook software packages available. You don't have to be a computer whiz to participate—just interested in preserving your family's history for future generations.
The workshop takes place on Saturday, April 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Angela Koenig Research Center (behind the Earle-Wightman House), at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. The afternoon's discussion will include examples from the Historical Society's archival collections. Light refreshments will be served.
Contact the Historical Society at 516-922-5032, or email Nicole Menchise at email@example.com for details or to make a reservation.
Cove Neck Neighbors
Theodore Roosevelt and Louis Comfort Tiffany
An Illustrated Lecture by Franklin Hill Perrell
Sunday, April 10, at 3:30 pm
Renowned Long Island residents Theodore Roosevelt and Louis Comfort Tiffany each called Oyster Bay home in the early twentieth century. Both led legendary lives, although their status as Cove Neck neighbors has been little discussed. In his lecture, Franklin Hill Perrell will take another look at these two American icons and their equally impressive homes, Sagamore Hill and Laurelton Hall.
Admission is $20 per person in advance ($25 at the door). Please make checks payable to the Oyster Bay Historical Society, or pay online at Theodore Roosevelt and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Light refreshments will be served.
Franklin Hill Perrell is the co-founder of Artful Circle, a company specializing in lectures on art and architecture, as well as visits to art galleries, museums, artist studios, and other cultural sites. He is both the former Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Executive Director of the Roslyn Landmark Society, dedicated to Roslyn's historic district and responsible for the restoration of the Mackay Horse statue rescued from the historic Harbor Hill estate.
Book Talk with Judith Tabler
Sunday, April 3, at 2 pm in the Koenig Center
Foxhunting with Meadow Brook was always about more than the fox, the hounds, or the horses. Meadow Brook was about its people-- some powerful, some idle, many wealthy-- and their shared joy in galloping across beautiful country, only minutes outside New York City. Following its founding in 1881, the club survived for ninety years despite poor scenting, sandy soil, angry farmers, quirky millionaires, trolleys, trains, automobiles, and airplanes.
Author, photographer, and literature professor Judith Tabler grew up near the Meadow Brook Hunt Club. She now lives in McLean, Virginia.
The program takes place in the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Angela Koenig Center at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of Foxhunting with Meadow Brook will be available for purchase and signing.
Book Talk with Edward M. Lamont
Monday, March 21st, at 7 pm in the Koenig Center
The names Jamestown and Plymouth have become synonymous for most students of American history with founding and birth, both of the American nation and of freedom and democracy themselves. In this book, author Edward M. Lamont asks us to reconsider our country's formative years and explore the stories, lives, achievements, and failures of America's earliest founders: those who paved the way for the Colonial Era and the American Revolution.
Edward M. Lamont was a banker for twenty-three years with the World Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. He is the author of The Ambassador from Wall Street: The Story of Thomas M. Lamont, J.P. Morgan's Chief Executive (1993).
The program takes place in the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Angela Koenig Center at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of The Forty Years That Created America will be available for purchase and signing.
Gloria Parker, Glasspiel Musician and Composer
Valentine's Day Concert at 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Fall in love with the enchanting music from the fingertips of Gloria Parker, renowned glasspiel musician and composer. An accomplished violinist and organist, Ms. Parker has been playing the glasses since learning from her grandfather at the age of eight. Ms. Parker has appeared on David Letterman, Good Day New York, and in Woody Allen’s film Broadway Danny Rose.
The concert will be held on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center gallery at 20 Summit Street in Oyster Bay, New York. Tickets $5 each. Complementary refreshments will be served. For reservations and information contact the Society at 516-922-5032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back for round two! Hosted by Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Philip Blocklyn, the immensely popular event will be held again at Jack Halyard’s restaurant in Oyster Bay. All are welcome to join in the fun of trivia, games, stories, and memories from Oyster Bay’s not-so-distant past.
Monday, February 8th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Jack Halyards Tavern, 62 South Street in Oyster Bay. Alcohol consumption encouraged but not required. Contact the Society for more details at 922-5032.
Monday, February 8, beginning at 6 pm
Furnishing a Historic House
Susan Sarna, Museum Curator
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Thursday, January 14, 7:00 pm, in the Koenig Center
Susan Sarna, Museum Curator at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, returns to the Oyster Bay Historical Society for the year's first public event. Her January 14 lecture reveals how the National Park Service determines the wallpaper, paint, and location of furniture that recaptures President Theodore Roosevelt's Summer White House. She examines in particular the historical evidence of correspondence, photography, diaries, and interviews, as well as the contemporary evidence of paint analysis.
The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Donations help support the public programs of the Oyster Bay Historical Society's Angela Koenig Center.