Arts Visual Arts

Oysterponds Historical Society Still Collecting ‘Secret Postcards’ for Auction

Every summer since 1994, the Oysterponds Historical Society has held its Summer Fine Art auction, with the proceeds benefiting OHS’s mission. This summer, the pandemic has forced all not-for-profits to think outside of the box in terms of fundraising events. OHS has chosen to go forward with a new outreach: inviting the entire community to anonymously submit illustrated postcards that will auctioned off online starting on Aug. 31. The OHS
Community History

A Reckoning for Orient Slave Graveyard

Pictured Above: The sign that had long marked the entrance to the “Slaves Burying Ground” in Orient was taken down in June, during a massive nationwide reckoning on the way this nation has remembered slavery. Tucked off of Narrow River Road in Orient has long stood a puzzling and stilted acknowledgement of the North Fork’s history of slave ownership. The site was long anchored by a sign posted by the
Oysterponds Historical Society Heritage Day
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Heritage Day Goes Virtual

Many years ago, local schoolmaster, tavern keeper, store owner, and Oysterponds diarist, Augustus Griffin (1767-1866), began a tradition of the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. That reading grew into Heritage Day, an annual celebration where the Oysterponds community (comprised of East Marion and Orient, NY) comes together to celebrate this great country of ours and, especially, Oysterponds. Regrettably, an in-person Heritage Day is just not possible