Oysterponds Historical Society has announced that its executive director, Dr. Elsbeth Linn Dowd, has resigned.
Ms. Dowd, a Huntington Station native, was hired by the historical society in 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a registrar at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, Okla. after earning a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. READ
The Oysterponds Historical Society and the Orient Association were left in the lurch in August when the members of Orient United Methodist Church chose another buyer. READ
The Oysterponds Historical Society and the Orient Association have been left in the lurch after the owners of Orient United Methodist Church decided to go with another buyer.
The landmarked 1836 building will be sold to John Wesley Village LLC, based in Riverhead.
The article in the June 15 Suffolk Times on the proposed deal between Oysterponds Historical Society and the Peconic Land Trust to “save” the Orient Methodist Church building raises many more questions than it answers. READ
Over nearly 200 years, members of the Orient community have established a special connection to the former Orient United Methodist Church building on Village Lane.
With its hand-carved oak pews, colorful stained glass windows and newly restored traditional church organ, the beauty of the building — both inside and out — is something many locals would like to see preserved well into the future.
Orient groups are continuing their efforts to purchase and preserve the Orient United Methodist Church building on Village Lane and are looking for support from Southold Town.
Oysterponds Historical Society vice president Ed Caufield and Orient Association president Bob Hanlon said Tuesday that one goal is to create a coalition between Suffolk County and the town, both of which have set aside funds for land preservation, so the town won’t bear the financial burden alone.
It was unusual: The pews at the recently shuttered Orient United Methodist Church were filled this past weekend. Rather than gathering for a sermon, however, locals flocked there Saturday morning to hear from the Oysterponds Historical Society and Orient Association about the building’s future.
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The Oysterponds Historical Society wishes to thank the North Fork community for all its support this summer. READ
How did Oysterponds Historical Society land U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as its special guest for Sunday’s Heritage Day celebration in Orient?
Elsbeth Linn Dowd is traveling across the country from Oklahoma to return to Long Island to serve as Oysterponds Historical Society’s new director.