Oysterponds Historical Society aims to preserve, exhibit and interpret Orient and East Marion culture and heritage. Marianne Howard, who has worked in museums across Long Island and New York City, joined the historical society as executive director Jan. 2. READ
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
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.