The creation of and care for many of the walking trails on Fishers Island began as an individual volunteer effort spearheaded by seasonal resident Matty Matthiessen starting in the 1960s. What began as a labor of love and appreciation from a handful of dedicated supporters expanded into an annual tradition shared by many.
2019 Annual Exhibitions
1ST FLOOR MAIN GALLERY & FOYER
“Against the Tide: Prohibition on Land and at Sea, 1919-1933”
This year’s exhibition chronicles the bitter struggle between “wets” and “drys” that tore the nation apart one century ago. The rumrunners that wrecked on Fishers Island are portrayed as part of a much wider battle that engulfed the entire country.
2ND FLOOR MAIN GALLERY
“The English Springer Spaniel on Fishers Island”
Walton Ferguson, Jr. was the central figure of a small group of prominent sportsmen who organized the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA) in 1924. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as the “parent club” for the breed.
Each October from 1924 to 1948, excepting the war years, the Association’s field trials were held on Fishers Island. This event, followed by large galleries and covered by major papers, put the breed at the center of the sporting world for a short but glorious period each fall. The dogs were tested by sets of rigorous competitions over challenging landscape that determined winners in different categories and the overall field trial champion.
This exhibit celebrates the storied history of English Springer Spaniels and their field trials on Fishers Island.
1ST FLOOR NATURAL HISTORY GALLERY
“Trash on Our Shores: Action Needed”
2ND FLOOR SIDE GALLERY
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