ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2022
YEAR ROUND: A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY
FIFD Chief Bruce Hubert starting prescribed burn on Parade Ground grassland, April 13, 2017.
Photograph by Jane T. Ahrens
Each spring the Parade Ground grasslands are burned for the F.I. Conservancy and the Middle Farms grasslands are burned for the Museum’s Land Trust to impede invasives and encourage the growth and health of native plants and grasses.
Soldiers standing at attention holding flags, Memorial Day ceremony, Village Green, circa late 1930s.
Photographer unknown. Museum Collection
When troops were still stationed at Fort H.G. Wright (pre-1949), soldiers marched from the Fort to Village Green for Memorial Day ceremonies. Later, after the Post was closed and the American Legion building was erected (1956), that site became the new starting point for marchers each Memorial Day.
Dr. Ralph Hoch leading Memorial Day parade from Legion in a red MG driven by Eddie White, May 24, 1978.
Photograph by Charlie Morgan. Museum Collection
The American Legion, Post 1045, a center for social activity year round, is the starting point for the annual Memorial Day parade each year and hosts the picnic cookout that follows. Dr. Ralph Hoch, a navy veteran, was Fishers Island’s resident doctor for several decades beginning in 1960.