Shelter Island Historical Society

Shelter Island Historical Society Archives and Community Events The mission of the Shelter Island Historical Society is to research, preserve and share our heritage and island history through education, exhibition, scholarship and community events.

We interpret Shelter Island's past and on-going life through historical material from the first inhabitants, settlers, and town fathers, to those who have made it a caring and unique community through the years. We strive to preserve the Island's heritage for future generations. (Shelter Island Historical Society: Constitution and By-Laws, Article III, Mission. Adopted by the Shelter Island Historical Society Board of Trustees in August 2012.) The Shelter Island Historical Society is a proud member of the following organizations: Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies (ASCHS) American Association for State and Local History (AASLH): www.aaslh.org American Alliance of Museums (AAM): www.aam-us.org Long Island Museum Association (LIMA): www.longislandmuseumassociation.org Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce: www.shelterislandchamber.org Suffolk County Historical Society (SCHS): www.schs-museum.org

Mission: The mission of the Shelter Island Historical Society is to collect, research, preserve, and share local history. The Society interprets Shelter Island’s past through historical material and through its people; from the first Native American inhabitants, settlers, and town fathers, to those who have made it a caring and unique community through the years. The Society strives to preserve the Island’s heritage for future generations.

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Visit www.shelterislandhistorical.org to reserve your space for an Outdoor Tour this week! #shelterislandhistoricalsocie...
11/09/2020

Visit www.shelterislandhistorical.org to reserve your space for an Outdoor Tour this week! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistory #historyofshelterisland #havensfamily #visitshelterisland #OutdoorTour Photo by Donald Bindler.

Visit www.shelterislandhistorical.org to reserve your space for an Outdoor Tour this week! #shelterislandhistoricalsocie...
11/02/2020

Visit www.shelterislandhistorical.org to reserve your space for an Outdoor Tour this week! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistory #historyofshelterisland #havensfamily #visitshelterisland #OutdoorTour Photo by Michael Moran. www.moranstudio.com

Happy  Halloween from the Shelter Island Historical Society  don’t forget to stop by and get your treats from 1- 3 pm to...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from the Shelter Island Historical Society don’t forget to stop by and get your treats from 1- 3 pm today.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Before the modern pumpkin jack-o-lantern, turnip lanterns were used. In ancient Ireland, revelers would...
10/31/2020

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Before the modern pumpkin jack-o-lantern, turnip lanterns were used. In ancient Ireland, revelers would hollow out large turnips (or potatoes or beets) and carve them into a demon's face to frighten away spirits. They would light the turnips from within with a candle or a piece of smoldering coal. They then placed the lanterns in the windows or doorways of their homes, in the belief that the carvings would scare off evil spirits and welcome deceased loved ones inside. Irish immigrants arriving in the New World during the early 1800s found the plentiful, easier-to-carve pumpkins ready substitutes for turnips.
--"Origins of Halloween Traditions" Fall & Winter The Old Farmer's 2020 Almanac.
Pumpkin Lanterns pictured here are from the Society's collection. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #halloween #halloweenhistory #visitshelterisland #farmersalmanac

Driveway Trick or Treating sponsored by the Shelter Island Public Library. Stop by The Shelter Island History Center tom...
10/30/2020

Driveway Trick or Treating sponsored by the Shelter Island Public Library. Stop by The Shelter Island History Center tomorrow between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm for a special treat! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #halloween #drivewaytrickortreat #visitshelterisland

Lora Lomuscio creates hand-built ceramic art in her studio on Shelter Island. Her current collection at the Havens Store...
10/28/2020

Lora Lomuscio creates hand-built ceramic art in her studio on Shelter Island. Her current collection at the Havens Store includes porcelain sea shell ornaments molded from Shelter Island oysters and scallops, and pendants impressed with seaweed.
Havens Store is open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensstore #shoplocal #shoponline #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland

Visit our website to reserve your space for an Outdoor Tour this week! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhis...
10/26/2020

Visit our website to reserve your space for an Outdoor Tour this week! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistory #historyofshelterisland #havensfamily #visitshelterisland #OutdoorTour Photo by Gavin Zeigler.

Join our Scavenger Hunt! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistory #cemeteryscav...
10/25/2020

Join our Scavenger Hunt! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistory #cemeteryscavengerhunt #halloween #visitshelterisland

"Scandal on Plum Island" by Marian Lindberg--Now available in Havens Store and online store! Author Marian Lindberg has ...
10/21/2020

"Scandal on Plum Island" by Marian Lindberg--Now available in Havens Store and online store! Author Marian Lindberg has chronicled the history of Plum Island and a historically significant trial held there in secret in 1914 in her book, "Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Becomes the Accused." #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #plumisland #havensstore #shoplocal #shoponline #visitshelterisland

Use the following links to reserve a Tour this week! Photo by Gavin Zeigler.FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020: https://shel...
10/19/2020

Use the following links to reserve a Tour this week! Photo by Gavin Zeigler.
FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020: https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24511-october-22-2020-outdoor-tour
FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020: https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24512-october-23-2020-outdoor-tour
FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020: https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24513-october-24-2020-outdoor-tour
#shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #historyofshelterisland #shelterislandhistory #havensfamily #OutdoorTour #visitshelterisland

10/15/2020
Shelter Island Public Library

Don't miss this co-sponsored Zoom presentation!

Scandal on Plum Island is a fascinating true story. Author Marian Lindberg will speak on Zoom on Monday the 19th at 5:30 about this compelling real life drama. Watch the short video and sign up for the program on our website!

Holiday Shopping begins this Saturday, October 17th featuring Island Artist Janet Culbertson! Janet has lived and painte...
10/14/2020

Holiday Shopping begins this Saturday, October 17th featuring Island Artist Janet Culbertson! Janet has lived and painted on Shelter Island since the early 1970s.

Havens Store will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 2:00pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call the Havens Store at 631-749-0025 ext. 5 to schedule an appointment. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensstore #shoplocal #shoponline #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland #holidayshopping

Reserve your space for our 45-minute outdoor guided tours this week! Only eight people per tour time, face covering requ...
10/13/2020
October 17, 2020 Outdoor Tour

Reserve your space for our 45-minute outdoor guided tours this week! Only eight people per tour time, face covering required, and social distancing will be maintained. To reserve for Thursday: https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24355-october-15-2020-outdoor-tour To reserve for Friday: https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24356-october-16-2020-outdoor-tour To reserve for Saturday: https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24357-october-17-2020-outdoor-tour #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #historyofshelterisland #shelterislandhistory #visitshelterisland #OutdoorTour Photo by Michael Moran. www.moranstudio.com

Please join us for a historical tour on our beautiful History Center campus

Join us tomorrow for the last Havens Farmers' Market of the season!Wölffer Estate is our Vendor of the Week. They have b...
10/09/2020

Join us tomorrow for the last Havens Farmers' Market of the season!

Wölffer Estate is our Vendor of the Week. They have been making premium wine in Sagaponack since 1988. While famed for their rosé, Wölffer offers top notch whites and reds as well. Looking for something a little different? Try their Dry Rosé Cider or the Wölffer “Pink” Gin. Come enjoy the terroir of the South Fork and visit our other great vendors between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfarmersmarket #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland

"Scandal on Plum Island" by Marian LindbergNow available in Havens Store and online store!Monday, October 19, 2020   5:3...
10/08/2020

"Scandal on Plum Island" by Marian Lindberg
Now available in Havens Store and online store!

Monday, October 19, 2020 5:30 pm
Author Marian Lindberg will speak about Plum Island and a historically significant trial held there in secret in 1914, as chronicled in her book, "Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Becomes the Accused."

This program is co-sponsored by The Shelter Island Public Library. Please visit www.shelterislandpubliclibrary.org to register! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #plumisland #havensstore

Our New Face Mask is now available in the Havens Store and our online store! Beautifully decorated face mask covering wi...
10/07/2020

Our New Face Mask is now available in the Havens Store and our online store! Beautifully decorated face mask covering with a disposable mask insert slot. The insert slot allows you to insert a disposable mask or filter inside (sold separately) to provide extra layers of filter protection. Created with the image from the painting of the Havens Farmers' Market during the summer of 2019 by artist Kelly Carmody. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensstore #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #havensfarmersmarket #facemasksforall #capturingthecovid19pandemic #historyinthemaking

Visit us Thursdays through Saturdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for a 45-minute outdoor guided tour of The Shelter Isl...
10/06/2020

Visit us Thursdays through Saturdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for a 45-minute outdoor guided tour of The Shelter Island History Center campus and learn the history of Shelter Island and the Havens family.
Only eight people per tour time, face covering required, and social distancing will be maintained.
This week, tours are only available on Saturday. Please visit https://shelterislandhistorical.networkforgood.com/events/24222-october-10-2020-outdoor-tour to register! Photo by Michael Moran of moranstudio.com #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfamily #historyofshelterisland #shelterislandhistory #OutdoorTour #visitshelterisland

Taste some scrumptious mushrooms at the Havens Farmers' Market tomorrow! Mushroom.NYC is our Vendor of the Week. Anne Ap...
10/02/2020

Taste some scrumptious mushrooms at the Havens Farmers' Market tomorrow! Mushroom.NYC is our Vendor of the Week. Anne Apparu-Hall grew up in Corsica, where there is a strong culture of foraging mushrooms. She and her partner Ted Hall started Mushroom.NYC in Brooklyn after meeting a mushroom grower at their community garden. With the shutdown of restaurants and markets in the city, Anne and Ted began growing mushrooms on the North Fork. Their mushrooms are full of unique flavors and textures. Not only are they nutrient-rich and medicinal, but they are delicious. Come see them and our other great vendors from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Tom, Lisa, and Doug will also be playing live music at the Market tomorrow! Don't forget to bring your compost! Drop off with Island Time Farm this week. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfarmersmarket #farmersmarkets #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #supportlocalfarmers #mushrooms #visitshelterisland

Bowls by Megan Hergrueter, an independent potter and teacher, known for her hand-built and functional pottery.These beau...
09/29/2020

Bowls by Megan Hergrueter, an independent potter and teacher, known for her hand-built and functional pottery.
These beautiful serving bowls would look great on your holiday table and also make the perfect gift! Megan is inspired by the natural world and prefers simple organic shapes that are soothing to both the hand and eye. Experimenting with different firing techniques produces beautiful and unpredictable results, giving each pot a life of its own. #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #havensstore #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #shoponline #visitshelterisland

Tom and Lisa will be playing music tomorrow at the Havens Farmers' Market! Tom and Lisa live on Shelter Island and have ...
09/25/2020

Tom and Lisa will be playing music tomorrow at the Havens Farmers' Market! Tom and Lisa live on Shelter Island and have been playing music together for over three decades. They play interesting interpretations of classic standards from blues, bluegrass, rock, and jazz genres. Tom and Lisa also dig deeper, playing B-sides you won't hear that often. A special thanks to Tom and Lisa for brightening up the Market this summer with their wonderful music! This week they will be joined by bass player Doug Broder. The Market runs from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Tom, Lisa, and Doug will start playing after their morning coffee.
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Don't forget to bring your compost this week! The Green Options Committee is teaming up with Island Time Farm to turn your food scraps into beautiful soil. Drop of your kitchen scraps off at the Green Options Tent. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfarmersmarket #farmersmarkets #ShopLocal #supportsmallbusinesses #supportlocalfarmers #livemusic #visitshelterisland

Introducing our newest product: NAUTI GAL SOAPS® Handcrafted * All Natural * Organic Oils * Vegan * No Palm Oil Recipes....
09/23/2020

Introducing our newest product: NAUTI GAL SOAPS® Handcrafted * All Natural * Organic Oils * Vegan * No Palm Oil Recipes. Founder Christine Moran is a Beautician, Costume Maker and Kitchen Chemist. She has worked tirelessly to raise her family as a single mom, and pursue her creative passion in the fields of beauty and wellness. The desire to create a line of soaps that clean, refresh and rejuvenate has led to the development of Nauti Gal Soaps. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensstore #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland

Pickles are at the Havens Farmers' Market! Come on down to the Market tomorrow and stop by The Perfect Pickle. Owner Sal...
09/18/2020

Pickles are at the Havens Farmers' Market! Come on down to the Market tomorrow and stop by The Perfect Pickle. Owner Sal Cottone started making delicious pickles in 2013 and turned his passion into a business in 2016. From garlic sour to half sour to jalapeño to horseradish, they have a flavor you'll love. Whichever pickle you choose, it will have the perfect crunch! Come try these tasty treats tomorrow from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
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Remember, you can also bring your compost to the Farmers' Market each Saturday! The Green Options Committee is teaming up with Island Time Farm to help turn your kitchen waste into beautiful soil. You can drop off vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, and bone scraps at the Green Options booth. No food stickers, yard waste, or heavily processed foods please! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfarmersmarket #shoplocal #buylocal #supportsmallbusinesses #supportlocalfarmers #farmersmarkets #compost #visitshelterisland

Happy Grandparent's Day (yesterday)! "A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best ...
09/14/2020

Happy Grandparent's Day (yesterday)! "A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend." Longtime volunteer and Society Board of Director Phyllis Wallace and her 18-month-old great granddaughter, Veronica Malone, reading a vintage children's book in the Society's Archives. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #shelterislandhistory #shelterislandarchives #GrandparentsDay #visitshelterisland

The weather is cooling down but the Havens Farmers' Market it still hot! The late summer season begins tomorrow! Alice's...
09/11/2020

The weather is cooling down but the Havens Farmers' Market it still hot! The late summer season begins tomorrow! Alice's Fish Market will have the fresh catch of the day. Consider Bardwell Farm will slice their Vermont-made artisanal cheeses. Even Concepts will offer beautiful, handmade towels. Wölffer Estate will bring locally produced wine. Lora Lomuscio and K Gallery will have their island art with them. Mushroom NYC will bring their North Fork mushrooms. Simply Nicki will bring her delectable nut butters. Island Time Farm, Wesnofske, KK's the Farm and Goodale will all offer the best of East End produce, flowers, and dairy. We'll also have delicious pickles from The Perfect Pickle! Come see all our wonderful vendors tomorrow 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

You can also bring your compost to the Farmers' Market each Saturday! The Green Options Committee is teaming up with Island Time Farm to help turn your kitchen waste into beautiful soil. You can drop off vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, and bone scraps at the Green Options booth. No food stickers, yard waste, or heavily processed foods please! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfarmersmarket #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #greenoptions #compost #visitshelterisland

Havens Store is now open in Havens House on Saturdays 9:00 am to 12:30 pm during Havens Farmers' Market through October ...
09/09/2020

Havens Store is now open in Havens House on Saturdays 9:00 am to 12:30 pm during Havens Farmers' Market through October 10, 2020! Visit us and enjoy the work of some of our local artists: Stephanie Sareyani, Christine Hartmann, Don Bindler, Diana Malcolmson, Megan Hergrueter, Karen Springer, John Pagliaro, Carol Wilson, Tabitha Benedict, Eleanor Labrozzi.
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Unique gifts from our archives, books of Shelter Island History and body products from Holly Cronin.
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While you are here, make sure you sign our email list to get the latest news from our store--we frequently add artists and new vendors.
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You can also shop online by visiting www.shelterislandhistorical.org/havensstore or call 631-749-0025 ext. 5 to place an order.
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Please note, we are following COVID Guidelines: Please wear a face covering. A limited number of shoppers will be permitted in the Store at one time. Temperatures will be taken upon entry and all guests must sign a waiver. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensstore #shoponline #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland

"Winning at Churchill Downs" is an original oil-on-canvas painting by Islander Diana Malcolmson which captures the thril...
09/04/2020

"Winning at Churchill Downs" is an original oil-on-canvas painting by Islander Diana Malcolmson which captures the thrill,beauty, and speed of the annual Kentucky Derby. Now for sale in Havens Store, this daring piece would be a stunning statement for any home. Painting is 48 x 36, framed 51 x 39. Havens Store will be open during the Havens Farmers' Market on Saturday, September 5 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Be sure to stop by and see this magnificent piece! For more information, call Havens Store at 631-749-0025 ext. 5. #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensstore #shoplocal #shoponline
#supportsmallbusinesses #churchilldowns #kentuckyderby #visitshelterisland

Labor Day is on its way but summer is here to stay! The Havens Farmers' Market Summer Season ends tomorrow but fear not!...
09/04/2020

Labor Day is on its way but summer is here to stay! The Havens Farmers' Market Summer Season ends tomorrow but fear not! The late summer Market continues through October 10th. The best of summer bounty is just starting to hit its stride as fall crops start to grow. Many of your favorite vendors will still be with us. Come enjoy the Market tomorrow from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and don't forget to come next weekend too! #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #havensfarmersmarket #farmersmarkets #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland

Diana Malcolmson, Artist, Author and Experienced Equestrian, gives us 187 colorful pages with the story, paintings and p...
09/02/2020

Diana Malcolmson, Artist, Author and Experienced Equestrian, gives us 187 colorful pages with the story, paintings and photos of Hampshire Farms, its residents and their riders. This beautiful book is available for purchase in Havens Store and at www.shelterislandhistorical.org/havensstore. Prints from the book sell for $50.00. Also available for purchase: three ORIGINAL pastels from the 2020 series "Horses in Action." Originals are $200.00 each. Please call Havens Store at 631-749-0025 ext. 5 to purchase. For more information about Diana Malcolmson, please visit www.dianamalcolmson.com #shelterislandhistoricalsociety #shelterislandhistorycenter #hampshirefarms #horses #havensstore #shoplocal #shoponline #supportsmallbusinesses #visitshelterisland

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HI, I'm wondering first can I post old photos from Shelter Island? If you able to identify who the people are in the pictures? I will post one picture now. I do know the man in the back row with the white hair is Edward W. Payne. He walked the young bride down the isle. Does anyone else know who the people are? I do have another picture from the Wedding. (privacy on this site wouldn't let me post the picture, but I can send it in email) The picture was taken I think about late 1950 .
*Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign* The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to the Greater New York City Metro Area Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Can anyone find a documentary link for father/son for lineage app? Anthony Sherman (1753-1849) and his son, Henry B Livingston Sherman (b. c1774 Long Island or East Haddam, CT d. p 1830 Shelter Island. It's my one documentary piece of evidence I need to complete the app. Pat from California ([email protected])
Looking forward to the new year with the Shelter Island Historical Society. 2018 promises to be a year of progress and fulfillment.