Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm
and by Appointment
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"Race & Ethnicity on Shelter Island 1652-2000" Makes Headlines!
Click on the link below to read the article about our exhibit in the Shelter Island Reporter
Click on the link below to read the article about our exhibit in the East Hampton Star
Click on the link below to read the article about our exhibit in Newsday
Pedersen Challenge Surpassed Match--Over $1 million Raised!
The Shelter Island Historical Society owns and operates Havens House, serves as a resource for scholarly study and a destination for educational events and programs. In 2010, the Society hired Historic Architecture Consultant Joel Snodgrass to assess the structural integrity of Havens House, built in 1743. His extensive report, the increased enthusiasm to understand the Island's history, the recognition of the treasure the Society maintains and the need to make our collections accessible, led to the Board of Trustees' decision to launch a $1.7 million capital campaign titled "Blueprint for our Future."
Designed by world-renowned architect, William Pedersen, the history campus will consist of three buildings connected by a colonnade which will surround an educational garden. Four construction phases are planned:
1) Repair of Havens House. The Museum is in desperate need of structural repair and a new septic system, which will occur in the spring of 2014. Repairs will create new exhibit space.
2) Construction of a new archival vault. The current vault (230 square feet) is filled to capacity. New documents and artifacts come in regularly. The Society recently received 12 volumes of Dering family letters, Shelter Island Fire Department records since 1972, Shelter Island Yacht Club records since 1886, four boxes of Native American tools, paint pots and arrowheads, dating to 1000 BC. The new vault will be double the size, 462 square feet.
3) Demolition of the existing vault and construction of the Study Center. The Study Center is the heart of the project and will include a lower level suitable for exhibits and storage. The main floor of the Study Center will house offices for the curatorial and archival staff, a restroom and most importantly, a meeting room suitable for visitors to meet with staff to conduct research and for the Society to host programs and classes. The Study Center will also serve as exhibit space.
4) Construction of a portico representative of what was originally part of Havens House. It will connect the museum, Study Center and vault. It will surround a courtyard and garden where visitors may access wireless internet and work. The courtyard and garden will also serve as a place to conduct outdoor programs. Landscaping and improved parking will complete the project.
Construction will pause over the summer to allow for programs and events and will resume in the fall.
Contributions to "Blueprint for our Future" are accepted in several forms:
CASH DONATIONS: honor a loved one through a contribution, honor your club or organization by making a group gift, ask your employer to match your gift. Donations of $10,000 or more may be pledged over three years.
GIFTS OF APPRECIATED SECURITIES
GIFTS OF GOOD AND SERVICES RELATED TO CONSTRUCTION
Recognition opportunities are available. The Society will work with you to determine the right fit.
Contact Nanette Lawrenson at 631-749-0025 or email@example.com.
Shelter Island Historical Society is a 501-3 c not-for-profit organization.
Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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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
Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce www.shelterislandchamber.org
Suffolk County Historical Society (SCHS) www.schs-museum.org