Construction of the Shelter Island
The Shelter Island History Center project stemmed from a desire to shore up the aging Havens House Museum and protect the thousands of irreplaceable documents and artifacts we have collected over the years. The new History Center will house the Historical Society’s collections and create new spaces for exhibits, offices, meetings and educational programs.
The new facility, being built to complement our Havens House museum, will consist of two levels, one below grade. The new space in its entirety will be approximately 2,800-square feet. The main level, which will be flooded with natural light, will include a meeting room, a space for curators and a 425-square foot climate-controlled archival vault where the Society’s collection will be permanently stored. This will allow the Society to properly house, preserve and expand the existing collection of 100,000 documents.
The lower level will consist of a workroom, an exhibition gallery, collections storage and a mechanical room to supply utilities for the new building and the Havens House museum. The two floors will be connected by dual staircases and a lift to provide access for people with limited mobility.
Foundation work in the basement of Havens House is complete, and the Havens House museum is now stabilized. The concrete work in the lower level of the History Center is also complete and there is daily progress to the framework and building façade.
The donor wall will be a prominent feature in the History Center building. A minimum donation of $100 will guarantee a listing on the donor wall. If you are interested in contributing to the project please contact our Executive Director, Nanette Lawrenson, at email@example.com.
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They say good things come to those who wait …
Our Archives Department, Museum and Store remain CLOSED during the construction of our new addition. We are excited about the progress, and we appreciate your patience as we complete this much anticipated facility.
Appointments for research and tours are not being scheduled at this time, but if you would like to schedule a tour of the construction site, please contact us. Our on-site schedules change frequently, so please call us at 631-749-0025 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries for the timeliest response.
*Please note: access to our collection is temporarily quite limited.
The Shelter Island Historical 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.
Physical Address: 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 847, Shelter Island, NY 11964