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					                         The Henry L. Ferguson Museum
                                                     Newsletter Vol. 25, No. 1 • Spring 2010
                     (631) 788-7239 • P.O. Box 554 Fishers Island, NY 06390 • fimuseum@fishersisland.net • www.fergusonmuseum.org




                                                From the President
   Spring is well underway on Fishers Island as I write this an-        The Land Trust continues to pursue land acquisitions un-
nual greeting on behalf of the Museum. It has been a peculiar        der the able guidance of our Vice-President Bob Miller. The
season with heavy rains, extreme tides, high winds and unsea-        Museum is grateful to FIDCO for their continued support
sonably hot and cold days. The shad trees bloomed nearly two         and cooperation in setting aside open space parcels. The Fish-
weeks early this year, as did many other plants that normally        ers Island Recreational Path is now complete and much of it
burst forth during the first weeks of May. However, many             crosses over Museum Land Trust Property. We are coordinat-
other natural events, such as the return of the ospreys, the         ing with FIDCO and the Recreational Path Committee to
migration of the salamanders into their breeding pools, the          ensure that disturbed areas will be appropriately restored. The
return of oystercatchers, and the chorusing of spring peep-          Land Trust is truly one of the most important components of
ers, have been right on schedule, occurring in late March and        the Museum. Every acre saved from potential development
early April. Spring is a busy and joyous season on the island.       provides habitat for the flora and fauna of our island, while
   This year is a special one for the Museum as we are celebrat-     simultaneously protecting our valuable natural resources,
ing our 50th anniversary. Our annual opening, scheduled for          such as tidal and freshwater wetlands and ground and surface
Saturday, July 3rd, will have some surprises this year and we        waters.
urge you to mark your calendars and plan to attend.                     The Museum would not be what it is today without the
   The past year has been an excellent one for the Museum.           support of many Fishers Islanders and I extend my thanks to
Although not officially open during the winter season, Mu-           all who have contributed to our endeavors. We are prepar-
seum Director Pierce Rafferty has been ever-present and ready        ing for a busy and active summer. Plan to visit the Museum
to open the Museum upon request. We have sponsored some              often and to take part in our programs and excursions. The
special events during the off season including a popular after       Museum is a great place in which to learn about our Island’s
school “Young Explorers” program taught by Audrey Black-             fascinating history, its archaeology, and its natural history.
burn of the Fishers Island School. Another highlight this               I hope to see each and every one of you at the Museum!
spring was a very successful “Venture Smith Day” honoring                                                   —Penni Sharp, President
a Colonial-era slave who spent his childhood on Fishers Is-
land. A series of programs produced by the Museum and the
FI School, provided a fascinating glimpse into the history of
Venture Smith and featured musical performances, a school
play, a power-point presentation, and a discussion panel that
included prominent historians and the Connecticut State Ar-
chaeologist. Ongoing collaborations are being planned.
   We are looking forward to a busy summer with an excit-
ing show featuring the houses of Fishers Island that will be
unveiled at our official opening. Plans are underway to bring
a variety of lectures and programs to the Museum during July
and August. Our Smith Vaughan lecturer this summer will be
the geologist Ralph Lewis who served for many years as the
Connecticut State Geologist. His talk will take us back to the
Pleistocene era as we learn about our Island’s formation. The
Museum also plans several excursions and events for children,
as well as adults. During July, Jim Righter, Jacob Albert, and
the Museum will host a book-signing party in honor of the
new monograph, “New Classic American Houses: The Archi-
tecture of Albert, Righter & Tittmann.”                             Egret on the Peninsula.                       Photo by Timothy J. Hallett
        The Henry L. Ferguson Museum 2010 Annual Exhibition
               The Houses of Fishers Island
                Part One: From first settlement to the 1920s




                                                           Walton Ferguson residence, circa 1900. Museum Collection.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, July 3rd, 5-7 p.m. All welcome!
     Exhibition sponsored by:



                           Henry L. Ferguson Museum

                  50th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
                            and
                ANNUAL OPENING RECEPTION
                                Saturday July 3, 2010
                                      5-7 p.m.
                                         60 – 2010
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                      Chinese Auction Drawing 6:30 p.m.

                   Come help us celebrate our first 50 years!!
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NATURE NOTES
by Penni Sharp
Owls of Fishers Island
   For a relatively small island, Fishers has a thriving owl pop-
ulation. Owls are sighted frequently and often heard calling
at dusk and during the night. In southern New England, the
Barred Owl (Strix varia) is the most common large owl. This
holds true on Fishers Island as well and many of us have seen
or heard this owl with its distinctive eight-note call and/or its
several variations. The barred owl during the breeding season
is renowned for its vocalizations emitted by both male and fe-
male. It is the noisiest of owls, producing a cacophony of loud
vehement calls. The most distinctive hoot is often phrased as:
“Who, cooks, for-you? Who, cooks, for-you, all?” with the last
syllable dropping off noticeably. Like some other owl species,
Barred Owls will call in the daytime as well as at night. The
calls are often heard in a series of eight, then silence, when the
owl listens for a reply from other owls. One owl on the island
is well known for answering the noon whistle with this hoot.
   The Barred Owl is a medium-sized gray-brown owl that is
streaked with white horizontal barring on the chest and verti-
cal barring on the belly, thus giving rise to its common name.
These owls are round-headed with a whitish/brown facial disk
with dark brown trim. The eyes are brown, and the beak is yel-
low and almost covered by feathers. Plumage between males
and the larger females is similar. In all owl species, the facial
disk (the front of the face) is almost circular and slightly hol-
lowed. The shape of the facial disc helps funnel sound to the            Barred Owl (Strix varia).                  Photo courtesy of Fotosearch
ears. The feathers around the facial disc often stand out slight-
ly from the rest of the feathers on the head, absorbing sound            owl leading one to speculate on whether hawk, owl or both
from other directions, ensuring better resolution of sounds di-          rear the chicks.
rectly in front. Owls have extremely acute hearing and are able             The Barred Owl has an extremely varied diet composed
to locate prey through sound alone. The ears are located on              mostly of small mammals, especially small rodents, along with
either side of the head and are placed asymmetrically, one ear           a good percentage of birds. Prey also includes arthropods, fish,
higher than the other. In Barred Owls, the right ear is higher           reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Birds up to the size
than the left.                                                           of grouse, pheasant, partridge and even smaller owls will be
   The Barred Owl is a bird of deep, dark woods, its preferred           taken. Mammals consumed include voles, mice, shrews, squir-
habitat being heavily wooded swamps. On the island, it is                rels, wood rats, rabbits, opossums, and chipmunks. Other prey
found in rather diverse locations, many of which are small               includes snakes, frogs, lizards, salamanders, mollusks, insects,
woodlots close to town. The breeding season for this spe-                and the Barred Owl is also known to have mastered fishing.
cies is fairly long and may last from February through August,           This owl is clearly an opportunistic forager taking whatever
depending on the region. Re-nesting is common if the eggs                prey is available.
or brood is lost and even a third set is possible after the loss            Another common owl on the island is the Great Horned
of the second set. The Barred Owl is monogamous and prob-                Owl (Bubo virginianus). This large owl, ranging from the arc-
ably pairs for life. Barred owls prefer to nest in the hollow of a       tic tundra to South American rainforests, is one of the most
tree and are incredibly faithful to their nesting sites. No actual       widespread and common owls in North America.
nest is constructed, although feathers or other soft material               Great Horned Owls have a large repertoire of sounds, rang-
may be placed on the floor of the hollow. On the mainland,               ing from deep booming hoots to shrill shrieks. The male’s
barred owls are frequently found in the same locations as the            resonant territorial call, “hoo-hoo hoooooo hoo-hoo,” can be
Red-shouldered hawk, the owl’s diurnal counterpart. It is not            heard over several miles during a still night. Both sexes hoot,
unknown for the two bird species to share a nest. There are              but males have a lower-pitched voice than females. Other
several instances of nests found with eggs of both hawk and              sounds include a “whaaa whaaaaaa-a-a-aarrk” from disturbed
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                                                                             several times heavier than themselves. The Great Horned Owl
                                                                             is a very opportunistic forager that generally chooses a perch
                                                                             and scans for prey. These owls will also walk on the ground in
                                                                             search of prey and have even been reported to wade into the
                                                                             water in search of food. Great Horned Owls prey upon a huge
                                                                             variety of creatures, including raccoons, rabbits, squirrels,
                                                                             domestic birds, falcons, and other owls. They regularly eat
                                                                             skunks, and may be the only animal to do so. Great Horned
                                                                             Owls also prey on smaller owls and have been known to attack
                                                                             and kill Red-tailed Hawks. This owl has no predators other
                                                                             than man and will eat anything from small fish to domestic
                                                                             dogs and cats.
                                                                                There are other owl species that have been seen on Fish-
                                                                             ers. Although not resident on the island, the Short-eared Owl
                                                                             (Asio flammeus) is an occasional visitor. The Short-eared Owl
                                                                             is highly migratory and nomadic, thus not often seen. Its hab-
                                                                             itats include wide open spaces such as grasslands, prairie, agri-
                                                                             cultural fields, salt marshes, and estuaries. This medium-sized
                                                                             owl is crepuscular and can be seen at dusk or in early morn-
                                                                             ing as it will hunt during daylight hours. On the island, this
                                                                             owl has been spotted near the airport and along the beaches
                                                                             by Race Point. Also seen sporadically at Fishers is the Snowy
                                                                             Owl (Nyctea scandiaca). This is an owl of the arctic tundra
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus).            Photo by H.L. Ferguson       that occasionally wanders far to the south during winter. It is
                                                                             a large white owl, easily recognized. This owl hunts during the
birds, a catlike “meee-owww,” barks, hair-raising shrieks, coos,             day and will sit motionless on prominent lookouts, waiting to
and beak snapping, which sounds like clapping hands. Most                    pounce upon its prey. In the arctic, these owls feed primarily
calling occurs from dusk to about midnight and then again                    on lemmings; however, they will also take rabbits, rodents, wa-
just before dawn.                                                            terfowl, other birds, and fish. Other occasional visitors include
   Great Horned Owls range in color from a reddish brown to                  the Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) and the Northern Saw-whet
a grey or black and white. The underside is a light grey with                Owl (Aegolius acadicus).
dark bars and a white band of feathers on the upper breast.                     We are fortunate on Fishers Island to have diverse habitats
These owls have large, staring yellow eyes, bordered by a buff-              that can accommodate a variety of bird species including these
colored facial disc. This owl’s name is derived from the tufts of            most interesting owls. Much of the woodland habitats that
feathers at the top of the head which are for display purposes               these owls inhabit on Fishers are located on Land Trust prop-
only and have nothing at all to do with the ears or hearing.                 erty. This ensures that these interesting avian species will con-
When raised the tufts may mean that the bird feels threatened,               tinue to have protected habitat on our Island.
when laid back they may indicate aggression. The ear tufts also
                                                                              Fishers Island Osprey Nesting Platforms Status, May 14, 2010
act as part of the owl’s camouflage, breaking up the round out-
                                                                               1. Castle Road Platform: Active nest with 3 eggs
line of the head. The large feet are feathered to the ends of the
                                                                               2. East Main Road Pole 989 New Platform: Active nest with 3 eggs
toes, and the immature birds resemble the adults. Females are
                                                                               3. Treasure Pond Road (field below W.G. Rafferty house): Active nest with
10 to 20 percent larger than males, but similar in plumage.
                                                                                 unknown number of eggs
   Great Horned Owls are found in a wide variety of habitats,
                                                                               4. East Main Road Pole 555 (intersection of Clay Point Road East and Middle
but prefer open and second-growth woodlands and agricul-                         Farm Road): Active nest with 3 eggs
tural areas. They often inhabit the same areas as their daytime                5. East Main Road Pole 817 (Across from East End Sub-Station): Active nest with
counterpart, the Red-tailed Hawk. The Great Horned Owl                           three eggs
uses a variety of nest sites, including trees, cliffs, buildings,              6. East Main Road Pole 793 (Intersection Clay Point Road west entrance): Active
and the ground. These birds do not make their own nests and                      nest with 3 eggs
typically take over nests in trees made by other bird species                  7. Oriental Road off Pole 740 (On US Navy Underwater Sound Lab Property):
and add some nest material. The Great Horned is the earliest                     Active nest with 3 eggs
nesting owl with breeding season from December to July. Mo-                    8. Oriental Road on John Ski’s property: Active nest with 4 eggs
nogamous pairs have one to five eggs with two being typical.                   9. Town of Southold Transfer Station: Active nest with 3 eggs
   These owls are efficient nighttime hunters that strike from                10. Middle Farms Rd., at the Middle Farms Pond, old nest that is being used this
above, and use their powerful talons to kill and carry animals                   year. 3 eggs

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Henry L. Ferguson Museum
Land Trust: Annual Report
   The Land Trust acquired four important parcels in 2009.
   On May 22, 2009, Mark and Louise Gaumond contributed
a 3.46 acre building lot on the north side of Chocomount
Hill (FIDCO Lot 17-4(d)). This eminently buildable prop-
erty could have supported a large and conspicuous dwelling;
now it will be held in its natural state in perpetuity as a wildlife
sanctuary.
   On August 17, Christopher and Nancy Milliken contrib-
uted a parcel of nearly 3 acres near the sixth fairway of the
Fishers Island Club course (FIDCO Lot 7-4). This parcel
contains a remote, deep glacial pond as well as large areas of
high ground and is of major environmental significance.                    Charles B. Ferguson Wildlife Sanctuary entrance by Treasure Pond
   Also, Kevin L. Perry sold to the Museum at a bargain price
a 1.85 acre lot directly abutting the sixth fairway of the Fishers         tax purposes. The Museum Board would urge you to contact
Island Club course and contiguous to the Milliken property                 Bob Miller if you own an undeveloped lot which you might
(FIDCO Lot 3-1). This desirable parcel also adjoins the road               consider donating to the Museum.
leading to the east end of the Island, and is very significant in             As of the end of 2009, more than 325 acres had been per-
terms of the preservation of views, as well as for the natural             manently protected through the Museum’s Land Trust, either
habitat it contains. Donations supporting the acquisition of               by outright donations or by conservation easements which
this property by the Land Trust were made to the Museum                    provide substantially the same protection against disturbance
by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Andrews, Peter E. Baccile, J. Truman                  or development. The importance of the donation by FIDCO
Bidwell, Jr., Margot C. Bogert, Frank A. Bonsal, Jr., Frank                of approximately 145 acres to stimulate donations by indi-
Burr, Ann G. Dearborn, John deC. Blondel, Jr., C. Barrows                  vidual land owners can not be underestimated. It has been
Hall, The Frederic C. Hamilton Family Foundation, Michael                  estimated that Fishers Island is approximately 2,500 acres in
Hanson, L. Peter Lawrence, Barbara W. Macleod, Edward E.                   area, excluding the surface area of major ponds such as Middle
Madden, Malcolm P. McAllister, Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Mc-                   Farms, Treasure and Barlow. Therefore, approaching 15% of
Cance, Christopher and Nancy Milliken, J. Geddes Parsons,                  the Island’s land mass has been protected in perpetuity. As
Robert W. Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Scott, Thomas                   a practical matter, the amount of protected open space and
H. Tamoney, Mrs. Maarten van Hengel, Charles Wilmerding,                   vistas is larger because of the Island’s substantial wetlands and
David R. Wilmerding, Jr., Mrs. Sheldon Withers, and (via                   areas which cannot be developed for zoning reasons. Never-
Tom Tamoney) the PepsiCo Foundation. The number of Is-                     theless, a substantial number of potentially buildable lots are
land residents who contributed to the preservation of the Perry            still privately held, and these lots, if developed, would have a
parcel evidences the breadth of support for land and habitat               substantial adverse impact on the environment and infrastruc-
preservation within the Fishers Island community.                          ture of the Island.
   Finally, in December, 2009, the Land Trust acquired from
the Flower and Redd Families, by a combination of outright
transfer and conservation easement, a substantial portion
                                                                           The HLFM Land Trust
of FIDCO lot 44-7, in the vicinity of the L.F. Boker Doyle                    The origins of the Museum’s Land Trust date to the mid-
Sanctuary and Darby’s Cove. FIDCO facilitated this transac-                1960s. In August 1965, Museum President H. Lee Ferguson,
tion, which was also assisted by James Baker, who retained the             Jr., the son of H.L. Ferguson, suggested acquiring vacant land
right to maintain a driveway over the property. Excluding the              as a sanctuary under the auspices of the Museum. The Board
driveway area, approximately 3.5 acres of this property will be            wholeheartedly agreed with his suggestion and he was directed
maintained in its natural state in perpetuity.                             “to inquire further about this project.” Unfortunately Lee died
   A number of additional contributions of property to the                 in October 1965. In the months after his death, the HLFM
Land Trust are under discussion. In general, these discussions             Board and Erard A. “Matty” Matthiessen undertook a search
are with families who have come to realize that neither they               for a suitable property on Fishers Island that could be pre-
nor their offspring are likely to use building lots which they             served as a nature sanctuary in memory of Lee. Much atten-
own. They are therefore exploring donating these lots primar-              tion was initially focused on the Brickyard Swamp area, but
ily to maintain the undeveloped, natural ambience of the Is-               attempts to secure that property were unsuccessful. Ultimately
land, but also to realize potentially significant income tax ben-          the focus shifted to a 3-plus acre parcel near Town that was
efits and to exclude the value of those lots from their estates for        owned by the Fishers Island Utility Co. That land was pur-
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chased in October 1966 for $500 and after much coordinated                      dozen detached acres to approximately 325 acres of often con-
effort by volunteers and professionals, the H. Lee Ferguson,                    tiguous properties. However, he would be the first to say that
Jr. Wildlife Sanctuary, located behind today’s Museum, was                      all of his work would be for nothing if it weren’t for the gener-
formally dedicated on August 19, 1967.                                          osity of FIDCO and the numerous individuals who made the
   In the late 1970s, Matty Mathiessen and his son Peter do-                    actual donations of properties and conservation easements, or
nated eight acres of land on Island Pond as the Betty Matthies-                 who donated funds to facilitate the land purchases. The list
sen Wildlife Sanctuary. This act of generosity in turn triggered                printed below of Sanctuary Properties is both a testimony to
additional donations of Island properties and conservation                      Bob’s indefatigable efforts on behalf of the Land Trust and
easements to what formally became known as the Land Trust                       to the generosity of all those who have made the Land Trust
of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum.                                                possible. On this the 50th anniversary of the Museum, the
   Since the early 1980s, Board Member Bob Miller has been                      HLFM Board salutes all who have made the Land Trust what
the person primarily responsible for organizing the Land Trust.                 it is today and encourages all Fishers Islanders to help us ex-
He has overseen the expansion of its properties from several                    pand this vital part of the Museum’s mission.




                         SANCTUARY PROPERTIES OF THE HENRY L. FERGUSON MUSEUM
#    Name/ Location                                       Acres         Donors                                                        Date
1    H.L. Ferguson, Jr. Sanctuary - Museum Building,      3.76 acres    .                                                             10/18/1966
     Equestrian Ave.                                                                                                                  08/22/1968

2    Betty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary - Island Pond   8 acres       Erard A. Matthiessen & Peter Matthiessen                      11/05/1977
                                                                                                                                      01/09/1978

3    Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 2.38 acres      Otis Pike                                                     12/24/1981


4    Brickyard Woods                                      15.48 acres   L.F. Boker Doyle                                              12/21/1982
                                                                                                                                      07/05/1983

5    Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 5.6 acres       Robert J. Miller                                              Conservation
                                                                                                                                      Easesment
                                                                                                                                      12/29/1983
6    Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 11.4 acres      FIDCO                                                         Conservation
                                                                                                                                      Easesment
                                                                                                                                      08/23/1984
7    Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 1.68 acres      Allerton & Rita Cushman                                       Conservation
                                                                                                                                      Easesment
                                                                                                                                      08/24/1984
8    Key Post Sanctuary - Treasure Pond                   6.45 acres    Robert J. Geniesse, John Calley & Mrs. Duncan Ellsworth       12/26/1985


9    Barlow Pond                                          1.68 acres    Bagley Reid                                                   12/18/1986


10   Equestrian Avenue                                    2.38 acres    Albert & Susan Stickney                                       02/27/1990


11   West Harbor                                          .75 acres     David F. Harris                                               09/05/1990


12   Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 4 acres         Jansen Noyes                                                  12/24/1991
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#    Name/ Location                                     Acres         Donors                                                       Date
13   Middle Farms Pond                                  2.1 acres     John N. Calley                                               12/30/1993


14   Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 3.85 acres    Adrienne A. Miller                                           12/30/1993


15   West Mansion House Drive                           1.36 acres    Regina S. Pyle                                               12/31/1994


16   The Mr. & Mrs. Harry Cant Wildlife Sanctuary -     6.78 acres    James & Nancy Newman with assistance from Fred Hamilton,     01/31/1995
     East End                                                         Michael & Mary Denny Wray & Peter Steil
17   Hay Harbor                                         .25 acres     Henry C. Osborn III, et al.                                  08/16/1995


18   West Street                                        .09 acres     Thomas A. Sargent & Allison D. Sargent                       11/22/1995


19   Chocomount Cove                                    1.82 acres    Samuel S. Polk & Anne H. Polk                                12/06/1995


20   Middle Farms Pond                                  2.3 acres     John N. Calley & Ali MacGraw                                 12/18/1995


21   Barlow Pond                                        3.16 acres    Robert S. Searle                                             02/29/1996


22   Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 5.14 acres    Robert J. Geniesse/FIDCO                                     04/19/1996


23   Middle Farms, Matty Matthiessen Wildlife Sanctuary 22.02 acres   Robert J. Geniesse/FIDCO                                     04/18/1996


24   North of Main Road at Middle Farms                 1.06 acres    Robert J. Geniesse/FIDCO                                     04/18/1996


25   North of Main Road at Middle Farms                 1.46 acres    Robert J. Geniesse/FIDCO                                     04/18/1996


26   Fox Ave.                                           4.03 acres    Jeanann Gray Dunlap                                          05/01/1996


27   Midlle Farms Pond/Block Island Sound               20.2 acres    Jansen Noyes, Jr.                                            12/10/1999


28   Middle Farms Pond                                  3.52 acres    Robert & Adrienne Miller, with assistance from Hamilton F.   12/20/1999
                                                                      Potter & Herbert & Suzanne Schutz


29   Clay Pits                                          1.45 acres    McCall Family in memory of David B. McCall                   Conservation
                                                                                                                                   Easement
                                                                                                                                   07/05/2000
30   “Stony Beach” at Hay Harbor                        5.2 acres     David R. Wilmerding, Jr., Harold P. Wilmerding & Barbara W. 09/14/2001
                                                                      Macleod
31   Chocomount Cove                                    .75 acres     Harriet Bailey                                               12/22/2001


32   Chocomount Beach                                   1.9 acres     Glenn Winnett Boocock                                        Conservation
                                                                                                                                   Easement
                                                                                                                                   08/15/2002
33   Island Pond area                                   5 acres       Paul Vartanian                                               09/10/2002


34   Isabella Beach                                     1.34 acres    Cristabel Vartanian                                          Conservation
                                                                                                                                   Easement
                                                                                                                                   09/18/2002
35   West Harbor                                        2.06 acres    David F. Harris                                              09/19/2002


36   North of Main Road at Middle Farms                 2.99 acres    Brenda T. Essex (Callaway)                                   10/16/2002


37   Barleyfield Woods                                  4.29 acres    Ammanda J. Salzman                                           12/20/2002

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#    Name/ Location                                            Acres     Donors                                                        Date
38   Chocomount 2                                              6 acres   Anthony B. Helfet & Marjorie McMahon Helfet                   06/30/2003
39   Private Road off East End Road                         9.93 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
40   East End Road                                         17.15 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
41   Off East End Road                                     23.42 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
42   Private Road off East End Road                         4.35 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
43   Off East End Road                                     15.19 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
44   East End Road                                          3.93 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
45   Private Road                                          12.99 acres   FIDCO                                                         12/08/2003
46   Chocomount Beach – east end                           12.77 acres   Colby M. Chester III / Gertrude S. LeGendre via The Nat-      05/27/2004
                                                                         ure Conservancy, Inc., with assistance of E.A. Matthiessen.
47   Middle Farms Beach, private road off East End          13.5 acres   FIDCO                                                         06/14/2004
     Road
48   Off East End Road                                      1.45 acres   Estate of David B. McCall                                     01/31/2004
49   Ettrick Street & Oceanic Avenue                            1 acre   Albert H. Gordon                                              12/23/2004
50   Private Road off East End Road                         1.71 acres   Purchased through the generosity of Arthur & Rolfein          06/20/2005
                                                                         Kuijpers, with assistance from FIDCO.
51   Private Road off East End Road                         2.24 acres   Grace Burr                                                    Easement
                                                                                                                                       12/06/2005
52   Private Road off East End Road                         2.36 acres   Frank & Grace Burr                                            Conservation
                                                                                                                                       Easement
                                                                                                                                       12/06/2005
53   Off Brooks Point Road                                  4.98 acres   Arthur & Roelfein Kuijpers                                    Conservation
                                                                                                                                       Easement
                                                                                                                                       11/30/2005
54   Clay Pit                                               3.57 acres   Estate of Louise Noble Bogert                                 Conservation
                                                                                                                                       Easement
                                                                                                                                       08/15/2006
55   Private Road                                           2.06 acres   FIDCO                                                         07/19/2006
56   Private Road off East End Road                          1.9 acres   Leslie B. Barclay & Susanna B. Weld, Co-Executors of the      09/07/2006
                                                                         Estate of Glenn Winnett Boocock
57   Isabella Beach Road                                    8.53 acres   Robert J. Miller, Executor of the Estate of K. Louise Noble   11/02/2006
                                                                         Bogert
58   East End Road                                          1.62 acres   Jean Ferguson Hadley, Sarah Morewood Ferguson, Hugh           01/30/2007
                                                                         Wilkes Hadley, Andrew Lucien Hadley, Jeffrey Hadley
                                                                         Dohrenwend, Ellen Richey Hadley Woodzell, Anne Hadley
                                                                         Brouillier, Sarah Vaughan Boy, Donald Scott Boy, Jean
                                                                         Jeffrey Boy Murdoch, Anne Renwick Boy & Mary Gardiner
                                                                         Boy
59   Private Road                                           3.46 acres   Mark E. & Louise D. Gaumond                                   05/22/2009
60   Borders FI Club’s 6th fairway & unpaved                1.85 acres   Property of Kevin L. Perry purchased with donations from      08/25/2009
     “extension” of East End Rd. to Hanley/Luce                          Mr. & Mrs. Mark Andrews, Peter E. Baccile, J. Truman
                                                                         Bidwell, Jr., Margot C. Bogert, Frank A. Bonsal, Jr., Frank
                                                                         Burr, Ann G. Dearborn, John deC Blondel, Jr., C. Barrows
                                                                         Hall, The Frederic C. Hamilton Family Foundation,
                                                                         Michael Hanson, L. Peter Lawrence, Barbara W. Macleod,
                                                                         Edward E. Madden, Malcolm P. McAllister, Mr. & Mrs.
                                                                         Henry F. McCance, Christopher C. Milliken, J. Geddes
                                                                         Parsons, Robert W. Parsons, Mr. & Mrs. William Scott,
                                                                         Thomas H. Tamoney, Mrs. Maarten van Hengel, Charles
                                                                         Wilmerding, David R. Wilmerding, Jr., Mrs. Sheldon
                                                                         Withers, & The PepsiCo Foundation
61   Unimproved road                                        2.90 acres   Christopher C. Milliken                                       08/17/2009
62   Private Road                                           1.41 acres   Walter C. Flower, III                                         12/20/2009
63   Private Road                                            .94 acres   Walter C. Flower, III                                         Conservation
                                                                                                                                       Easement
                                                  Total: 325.54 acres                                                                  12/30/2009

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Island History                                                              second president and continues to serve as curator.
                                                                       1965 HLFM renews five-year lease for space in Baker home
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum –                                              on Equestrian Ave.; Regents of the University of the
The First 50 Years                                                          State of New York issue Absolute Charter for the
   After the death of Fishers Island Farms president H.L. Fer-              Museum.
guson in 1959, his friends decided that a museum should be             1965 Aug. 2 H. Lee Ferguson Jr. proposes to HLFM Board
established to preserve and exhibit his extensive collection of             that vacant land be obtained as a sanctuary under
bird specimens and Native American artifacts. The Museum                    auspices of the Museum; Board embraces this new
was founded the following year and has been growing ever                    “progressive course.”
since. From 1960 to 1971, it was based in a rented storefront          1965 Oct. H. Lee Ferguson, Jr. dies.
across from today’s Fire House. As years passed, the inadequa-         1966 Charles B. Ferguson is elected curator and Edwin H.
cies of that space became clear to all. In 1972, with the gener-            Horning assistant curator. HLFM Board researches
ous help of the Jansen Noyes, Sr. family, a new museum was                  properties on both the east and west ends of F.I. as
built on the current Equestrian Avenue site. In 2000, the Mu-               possible sites for bird sanctuary and memorial for H.
seum’s Board authorized the construction of a newly designed                Lee Ferguson, Jr. before deciding on a 3.2 acre west
building that would meet exacting professional standards for                end parcel (current Sanctuary site). Land for sanctuary
the conservation and display of its growing collections, as well            is purchased from Fishers Island Utility Co. for $500.
as provide space for programs and activities. Led by matching          1966 Aug. 30 Curator reports 152 species in Bird Collection
grants given by the late Albert H. Gordon, the entire Fishers               (including 63 added by the late Lee Ferguson).
Island community joined together to support the project. The                HLFM Board wholeheartedly approves establishing a
present Museum’s grand opening was held on July 4, 2003.                    Fishers Island Historical Collection to be added to the
This year marks the 50th anniversary of an Island institution               Museum’s existing collections.
that continues to grow and evolve.                                     1967 Jan. Charles B. Ferguson organizes an Island-wide
                                                                            appeal for historical photographs, memorabilia and
Chronology                                                                  ephemera. Donated items form the core of the new
1912- c. 1920s H.L. Ferguson collects bird specimens on                     History Collection.
     Fishers Island.                                                   1967 Aug. 4 George de F. Lord elected Museum’s third
1912- c. 1950s H.L. Ferguson collects Native American                       president.
     artifacts on Fishers Island working in association                1967 Aug. 19 Bishop Henry W. Hobson conducts dedication
     with Harold J. Baker, Blair Williams, William Shirley                  ceremony for new H. Lee Ferguson, Jr. Wildlife
     Fulton and others.                                                     Sanctuary.
1935 The Heye Foundation NYC publishes H.L. Ferguson’s                 1968 HLFM Board acknowledges pressing need for more
     monograph, “Archeological Exploration of Fishers                       display space; Charles B. Ferguson meets with F.I.
     Island, New York.”                                                     Library Board to discuss possibility of an addition to
1959 Feb. 23 H.L. Ferguson dies at Lawrence Memorial                        the Library to house the Museum’s growing collections;
     Hospital, New London, Conn.                                            Old Fire House also proposed as possible Museum site.
1960 July 29 Committee forms for the purpose of                        1969 July With no available museum space, Red Barn
     establishing a permanent repository for the bird                       Gallery hosts exhibit of selections from Museum’s
     specimen and Native American artifact collections of                   Historical Collection.
     the late Henry L. Ferguson; decision made to take five            1969 Aug. 17 Dedication ceremony held in Sanctuary
     year lease in lower level of Mrs. Gladys Baker’s home                  for “Heron” sculpture donated by artist, Mrs. Cass
     on Equestrian Ave. in order to house the new “Henry                    Canfield.
     L. Ferguson Museum” (HLFM).                                       1970 Edwin H. Horning is appointed Curator.
1960 Aug. 29 W. S. Fulton elected Museum’s first president;            1970 HLFM Board again debates merits of buying Old
     H. Lee Ferguson, Jr. appointed first curator; nine                     Fire House for use as Museum versus erecting new
     member Board is established.                                           building on Sanctuary property. Pre-fabricated designs,
1960-1985 David Parsons, of Peabody Museum, Yale                            including log cabins, are actively considered.
     University, serves as primary taxidermist for HLFM.               1971 Bishop Henry Hobson elected Museum’s fourth
1961 Museum obtains temporary certificate of incorporation                  president. The HLFM receives gift from Jansen Noyes,
     from New York State.                                                   Sr. to construct and maintain a new museum, given in
1961 Aug. 27 Bishop Henry W. Hobson conducts dedication                     memory of his late wife, Agnes Blancke Noyes. Board
     service for the new Museum.                                            authorizes Building Committee to proceed with plans.
1963 Mrs. H.L. Ferguson is Museum’s first attendant.                        Mr. William Faulkner, contractor, is hired to design
1964 Dec. 24 H. Lee Ferguson, Jr. is elected Museum’s                       and build a new museum.
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                                                                                Library for HLFM. Albert H. Gordon subsequently
                                                                                expands proposal to fund major capital improvements
                                                                                for HLFM.
                                                                           1998-1999 Albert, Righter & Tittmann, Architects, prepare
                                                                                several alternative plans for additions to Museum
                                                                                varying from minor changes to total razing of the old
                                                                                structure.
                                                                           2000 May 28 Board votes unanimously to accept “Plan B”
                                                                                for new building with only the History Room addition
                                                                                left standing from old Museum.
                                                                           2000-2003 Osprey Campaign raises funds for new Museum
Museum under construction, 2002.                  Museum Collection             building and endowment. Albert H. Gordon leads
1971 Mrs. Katherine Horning becomes Museum Attendant.                           effort with series of generous matching grants. Jane
1972 Sept. 9 Dedication service held for completed Museum.                      Stanley hired to run Osprey Campaign and coordinate
1973 Four birch trees planted in Sanctuary in memory                            numerous volunteers. Serena Furman of A Space
     of Kenyon Boocock, Lily Cushing Boyd, H. Lee                               Design plans and designs the interior exhibit space for
     Ferguson, Jr., and Eileen B. Robbins.                                      the new Museum, in close association with collection
1974 Marnie Ferguson Briggs begins work organizing and                          consultant and museum planner Valarie Kinkade
     accessioning archaeological collection. Mrs. Carol                         of Museum and Collector Resource, and interior
     Gallaher donates Osprey sculpture in memory of her                         architectural coordinator Allie Raridon. Volunteer
     late husband, Dr. William H. Gallaher.                                     curators reinterpret the HLFM collections for the
1975 Aug. 28 The first major exhibition of Fishers Island                       new space: Elizabeth H. Cook, Archaeology; Pierce
     historical items held over Labor Day Weekend with                          Rafferty, History; Carey Matthiessen, Ed Horning,
     over 500 people attending.                                                 Penni Sharp, and Charles B. Ferguson, Natural
1978 Erard A. “Matty” Matthiessen and his son Peter donate                      History; Jeff Feehan, Geology. Peter Brady of New
     an 8-acre property on Island Pond as a sanctuary and                       England Aquarium fabricates four marine dioramas,
     memorial for Betty Matthiessen. Charles B. Ferguson                        conceived by Carey Matthiessen with murals by
     becomes the Museum’s fifth president.                                      Charles B. Ferguson.
1980 Aug. 31 Bishop Hobson, President emeritus, dedicates                  2001 A.B. & J. Noyes Foundation donates bronze “Osprey”
     new History Room addition to Museum (current                               sculpture by artist Walter Matia.
     Museum library room).                                                 2003 July 4 Grand opening for new Henry L. Ferguson
1981 Sept. 6 Board member Robert J. Miller proposes                             Museum building, designed by Albert, Righter &
     organizing the donation to the Museum of contiguous                        Tittmann, built by Z&S Contracting, Inc.
     parcels of land in Middle Farms area initiating the                   2003 Penni Sharp is elected the sixth president of the
     concept of an expanding land trust.                                        HLFM and Charles B. Ferguson becomes president
1985 First Museum newsletter published.                                         emeritus.
1985 June Dr. Robert Funk, the New York State                              2004 Aug. 7 Auction Party held at Fishers Island Club to
     archaeologist, and Dr. John Pfeiffer, President of the                     benefit the HLFM.
     Archeological Society of Southeastern Connecticut,                    2004 Pierce Rafferty becomes director of the HLFM.
     invited to Fishers Island for preliminary exploration of              2005 Family of the late Smith C. Vaughan endows speakers
     island archaeological sites.                                               fund on natural history themes.
1986 Land Trust consists of six parcels totaling 52.23 acres.              2007 Fishers Island Utility Co. donates historical deeds,
1986-1996 Drs. Funk and Pfeiffer conduct series of                              maps and records to Museum.
     professional archaeological “digs” at Island sites assisted           2008 Museum expands children’s programming with
     by numerous Island volunteers and other professionals.                     Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and Children’s
1989 Sept. 17 Official state visit to North Dumpling led by                     Museum of Southeastern Conn.
     Museum president Charles B. Ferguson. He is declared                  2009 June 26 Dedication of memorial tree and naming of
     Fishers Island’s “Dumplomat for Life.”                                     the Museum’s Natural History Gallery for Edwin H.
1991 Land Trust consists of nine sites comprising                               Horning (1919 - 2008).
     approximately 60 acres.                                               2010 Spring Audrey Blackburn from FI School teaches
1991 July New archaeology wing opens.                                           “Young Explorer” series.
1994 May 28 Dedication ceremony for Matty Matthiessen                      2010 May 6 HLFM & FI School sponsor and produce first
     Wildlife Sanctuary is held at Middle Farms Flats.                          Venture Smith Day.
1997 Albert H. Gordon and Dan Gordon offer to fund new                     2010 July 3 50th Anniversary Party & Exhibit opening.
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              Museum Officers, Trustees and Staff (1960-2010)
           Since its founding in 1960, the HLFM has been led by dedicated officers who have served
          selflessly and often for extended periods. In the past half century there have only been six
        HLFM presidents, eight vice-presidents, five treasurers and five secretaries. The total number of
        Trustees of the Board who have served is 57, a remarkably low figure given that the Board now
                  numbers 24. Past officers and trustees of the Board and staff are listed below.
Presidents                                    Attendants
1960 – 1964 William Shirley Fulton            1963 – 1965 Mrs. H.L. Ferguson                          George de F. Lord
1964 – 1965 H. Lee Ferguson, Jr.              1966        Marnie Ferguson (Briggs)                    Audrey Noyes Ludemann
1966 – 1966 [No president]                    1967        Unknown                                     Steve Malinowski
1967 – 1971 George de F. Lord                 1968 – 1970 Mrs. Louise Bruneau                         G. Carey Matthiessen
1971 – 1978 Henry W. Hobson                   1971 – 1996 Mrs. Katherine Horning                      Elizabeth Matthiessen
1978 – 2003 Charles B. Ferguson                                                                       Elizabeth McCance
2003 –      Penelope C. Sharp                 Assistant Curators                                      Samuel Milbank
                                              1997– 2002 Katherine Horning                            Robert J. Miller
Vice Presidents                                                                                       Mrs. Cornelius O’Connor
1960 – 1965 William D. Campbell               Museum Coordinators                                     Wendy O’Neil
1965 – 1971 Henry W. Hobson                   2003         Pierce Rafferty                            Thomas Parker
1971 – 1978 Charles B. Ferguson                                                                       Pierce Rafferty
1978 – 2002 Elizabeth F. Husband              Museum Directors                                        Elizabeth Reed
1996 – 2003 Richard S. Baker                  2004 –       Pierce Rafferty                            Bagley Reid
2003 –      Bagley Reid                                                                               Scott Reid
2003 –      Robert J. Miller–Land Trust       Members of the Board of                                 Mary Roberts
2003 –      Elizabeth H. Cook                 Trustees (1960 to 2010)                                 Mary F. Russell
                                              Lucy J. Ahman                                           Christopher Sanger
Treasurers                                    Richard S. Baker                                        Jeanne Schultz
1960 – 1970 Lucy J. Ahman                     Barry R. Bryan                                          Penelope C. Sharp
1970 – 1973 Martha M. Ferguson                Martha F. Buller                                        William Sinclair
1973 – 1981 E. Perry Edwards                  Heather Ferguson Burnham                                John S.W. Spofford
1982 – 2003 Robert J. Miller                  William D. Campbell                                     Katharine H. Sturtevant
2003 –      John S.W. Spofford                Alicia Hesse Cleary                                     Sarah Tremaine
                                              Elizabeth H. Cook                                       Virginia Thors
Secretaries                                   E. Perry Edwards                                        Robert K. White
1960 – 1970 Lucy J. Ahman                     Jeffrey Edwards                                         Nathalie “Tats” Yerkes George
1970 – 1976 Martha M. Ferguson                Kenneth L. Edwards, Sr.
1976 – 1996 Richard S. Baker                  Alfred L. Ferguson, Sr.
1996 – 2003 Penelope C. Sharp                 Charles B. Ferguson
2003 –      Harry Ferguson III                H. Lee Ferguson, Jr.
                                              Harry L. Ferguson III
Presidents Emeriti                            Martha M. Ferguson
Henry W. Hobson                               Sarah M. “Sally” Ferguson
Charles B. Ferguson                           William S. Fulton
                                              Marie L. “Happy” Gaillard
Honorary Board Members                        Daniel Gordon
Charles B. Ferguson                           Sarah Gordon
Albert H. Gordon                              Allison Goss
Elizabeth F. Husband                          Catha Hesse
Erard A. Matthiessen                          Henry W. Hobson
Katharine H. Sturtevant                       Edwin H. Horning
                                              Elizabeth H. Husband
Curators                                      Karen C. Hyland
1960 – 1965 H. Lee Ferguson, Jr.              Richard Jenssen
1966 – 1970 Charles B. Ferguson               Shepard Krech III              HLFM Board Meeting, Sept. 6, 1981. From center, clockwise: R. Baker, C.B.
1970 – 2002 Edwin H. Horning                  Jean M. Leuchtenburg           Ferguson, M. Russell, E.P.Edwards, R.J. Miller, E. Horning and K. Sturtevant.

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Mrs. H.L. Ferguson in front of the first Museum,1967.       The Second Museum, circa 1990s. Museum Collection. Mr. Jansen Noyes, Sr. gave a generous gift in memory of
Museum Collection. This space had previously been the       his late wife, Agnes Blancke Noyes, to fund the construction and maintenance of this building. It was the home
home of Polly’s Shop.                                       of the HLFM from 1972 to 2000.




A Young Visitor at the Museum, July 22, 1987.                           Museum Collection        Bird Cases at the Museum, circa 1999.                           Photo by Valarie Kinkade




Dr. John Pfeiffer and volunteers at the Strupp site “dig,” June 1996.       Museum Collection         Mr. Edwin H. Horning with birdwatchers, Gardiners Island, 1983. Museum Collection




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Mr. Albert H. Gordon at HLFM luncheon, June 2003. Operating quietly        Museum under construction, Spring 2002.
behind the scenes, Mr. Gordon spurred the construction of the new Mu-
seum by providing matching grants with tight but reasonable timelines.




HLFM President Charles B. “Charlie” Ferguson addressing Osprey Campaign backers,          The completed Museum.                    Photo by John Wilton
June 2003. After 25 years of dedicated service, Charlie stepped down as president in
October 2003. He is now our President Emeritus.




Opening Day, 2003. Penni Sharp became the Museum’s sixth president in              Visitor in the Natural History Gallery, 2003.   Photo by John Wilton
October 2003. Pierce Rafferty became director of the Museum in 2004. Both
are actively working to prepare the Museum for its next 50 years.




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                      The Board of Trustees would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all who gave as
                     “Friends of the Museum,” to the Land Trust, to the Al Gordon Memorial Run or “in
                           memoriam” during 2009. We are grateful to each and every one of you!

John Ahlgren                     Liz Buckner & Leonard Orr          Ann G. Dearborn                  William & Katharine Gaillard
Mr. & Mrs. Richard G. Ahman      Sissy & Bill Buller                Diane Dawson Dexter              Prue Gary
Lucy J. Ahman                    Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey G. Bunting      Ava Diaz-Saavedra                Mark & Louise Gaumond
Karen & David Alberghini         Brad & Joan Burnham                Fred & Janet Dodge               Jan & Tom Geniesse
Altus Partners, Inc.             Brad & Mary Burnham                Tom & Carol Doherty              John & Jeanine Glendon
Beth & Mark Andrews              David & Anne Burnham               Mr. & Mrs. L.F. Boker Doyle      Albert H. Gordon
Tom & Bunty Armstrong            David & Heather Burnham            Thomas & Elaine Duff             Daniel & Sally Gordon
Whitney B. Armstrong             John Burnham & Rachel Balaban      Linda & Richard Duggan           Sarah Gordon
Maxine P. Arnold                 Stephen & Krysia Burnham           Mac & Susan Dunwoody             Barbara M. Gorham
Katherine H. Arnold              Andrew & Ashley Burr               Heidi A. duPont                  Allison & Chauncey Goss
Meg Atkin                        Elbert & Doris Burr                Jameson C. duPont                Mrs. Edward Goss
Mr. & Mrs. Peter E. Baccile      Grace & Frank Burr                 Reynolds duPont, Jr.              John C. Goss family
Harriet W. Bailey                Molly & Frank Burr                 Mr. & Mrs. James M. Duryea       Michele & Richard Goss
Jean & Robinson Baker            Jan & Peter Burr                   Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Dwyer          Gordie & Cecily Grand
Jim & Diane Baker                Jean N. Calhoun                    Ederic Foundation                Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin H. Gray
Maria & Jim Baker                Gerry & Vicky Cameron              Edith Edson                      Mr. & Mrs. O. Harry Gruner
Richard S. Baker                 Mr. & Mrs. Hazard K. Campbell      Deborah L. Edwards               Hewitt & Marilu Hafer
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Baldwin       Jeff & Ellen Campbell              Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Edwards    Bill & Josie Hall
Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Ballentine III   Mrs. Robert A. Campbell            Laura M. Edwards                 Mr. & Mrs. C. B. Hall
Lt. Col. Barry B. & Mrs. Ann     Jim & Laurie Carney                Joan F. Ellis                    Stephanie & James Hall
   Bannister                     Mr. & Mrs. Edmund M.               Priscilla & Whitney Ellsworth    Mr. & Mrs. Frederic C.
Norma M. Bartol                    Carpenter                        Roberta C. Elwell                  Hamilton
Rosemary & Art Baue              Jeff Carpenter                     Jane M. Epstein                  Helen & Jim Hamilton
Gregory & Vinton Bauer           Elisabeth Reed Carter Charitable   Ann & Alfred Ferguson            Jonathan & Victoria Hanes
Ethan Bauman & Susan Baker         Fund of the Community            Charles B. Ferguson              Michael & Patsy Hanson
Thad & Margaret Bereday            Foundation                       Harry & Susie Ferguson           Ashley & Ted Harrington
J. Truman Bidwell Jr.            Colin & Kristen Cashel             Nancy Ferguson                   George S. Harrington
John deC. Blondel, Jr.           Tom & Sally Cashel                 Sally Ferguson                   Judge & Mrs. Alexander Harvey II
Margot & Jerry Bogert            Chubb Group of Insurance           John D. Firestone                Grace Harvey
Frank & Elisabeth Bohlen           Companies                        Mr. & Mrs. Alexander M. Fisher   Jack Harvey
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bonsal          Philip & Esther Colbran            Henry H. Fisher                  Jane Harvey & Charles Curtis
Linda & Mark Borden              Mr. & Mrs. Kevin C. Coleman        Mr. & Mrs. Bertram B. Fisher     Janet & Dixon Harvey
Mr. & Mrs. David P. Boswell      Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Coleman       Fishers Island Oyster Farm       Mr. & Mrs. Robert D.H. Harvey
Luke & Agnes Boswell             Amy Fine & Bradley J. Collins      Fishers Island Sportsmens Club   Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Hellier
Ghislaine Boulanger & Charles    George & Leslie Conant             Gretchen & Christie Flanagan     Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W.
   Kadushin                      Allyson & Steve Cook               Ella Foshay & Michael Rothfeld     Henderson
Pierre D. Boy                    Barbara & David Cook               Lynn A. Foster                   Daniel Herrick
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Bradbeer     Elizabeth H. Cook                  Luke & Rhonda Fowler             Catha & Jack Hesse
Andrew & Helen Braun             Bard & Liz Cook                    Molly & Lincoln Frank            Mrs. Nancy Hickey
Marnie & Kit Briggs              Stephen & Cynnie Cook              Mark & Marni Franklin            Kenneth & Mary Hill
John & Elena Brim                Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Coolidge       Martha C. Fransson               Betsy Hobson
Peter & Susie Brinckerhoff       Edward & Jean Crane                Tink Friedrichs                  Helen & Bob Hobson
Jon & Susan Britt                Susan & Ace Crary                  Mr. & Mrs. Gunther Fritze        Larry & Mary Horn
H.P. Broom-Housewright           Jane Crary                         Serena Furman                    Martha Horning & David Silber
Caroline T. Brown                Ellie & Tom Crosby                 Ronald Furse                     Mr. & Mrs. Winchester
Cary Brown & Steven Epstein      Crowley Family                     William R. Furse                   Hotchkiss, Sr.
Lee & Alice Cary Brown           Mary Cuthbert & Richard            Andrew & Kendal Gaillard         Win & Hilary Hotchkiss
John E.D. de la V. Browne          Waters                           Marie L. Gaillard                Peggy Fox Houghton & Arthur
Roxanne Brozyna                  Stewart & Anne Cutler              Peter & Peggy Gaillard             Houghton
Miggie & Barry Bryan             Sandy & Wesley Davidson            Tom & Peg Gaillard               Nora Howard

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Kenny & Nat Howe                 Mary R. Middleton                  Marguerite W. Purnell            Ralph E. Stuart, Jr.
Harry & Sandy Hurlburt           Dwight F. Miller                   John & Rosanne Purtill           Mrs. Katharine Sturgis
Allison Ijams & Thomas Sargent   Elizabeth & Richard Miller         Brian Rafferty                   Mrs. Peter M. Sturtevant
Mr. & Mrs. John N. Irwin III     Bob & Adrienne Miller              Sara & Chris Rafferty            Lenore Swenson
Island Gardeners                 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Miller          Walter G. Rafferty Family        John Talbott
Susan Jeffries                   Mr. & Mrs. Christopher C.          Megan & Pete Raymond             Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H.
Betty Edwards Johnson               Milliken                        Mitchell Redd family               Tamoney
David & Jackie Johnson           Isaleen Sinclair Montgomery        Bill & Lisa Reed                 Rosemary Taylor & John Shaw
Hon. & Mrs. Thomas H. Kean       Mary P. Murphy                     Bagley & Kathleen Reid           Ralph E. Stuart, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Keenan      Mrs. Gordon S. Murphy              Bagley Reid                      Jean & Richard Thatcher
Catherine & Dick Kennedy         Rosita & Grayson Murphy            Kate & Scott Reid                Virginia & Thor Thors
Sheila R. Kennedy                Linda & Bill Musser                Susie & Ang Renna                Paul & Leslie Tombari
Jon & Madora Kibbe               Philip & Heather Musser            Charlie & Suzie Rentschler       Martha Torrance & Tim Tolman
Pat & John Kibbe                 Drs. Sarah & Phil Neusius          Carol & Bill Ridgway             Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine III
Mr. & Mrs. Barron U. Kidd        Norwalk Yacht Club                 Mr. & Mrs. John E. Riegel        Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Margaret & Henry King            A.B. & J. Noyes Foundation         Robert Righter                   Sarah C. Tremaine
Valarie Kinkade & Kevin Grant    Rob & Linda Noyes                  John A. Roberts                  Steve & Cindy Tulka
Robert P. & Constance D.         Toby & Heather Noyes               Mary & Don Roberts               Toddy & Thomas Turrentine
  Knauff                         J. Herbert Ogden, Jr.              Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brooks          Margie & Bill Ughetta
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Krag       Ogden Family                          Robinson                      Sarah & Peter Upson
Donald & Karen Lamb              Jim & Ann O’Keefe                  Jill Rogan                       Hiram Upson
Jane & Lewis Lamb                Wendy & Tom O’Neil                 Peter & Sue Rogan                Gail Utterback-Mills
Kathleen Lamborn                 Mollie & Henry Osborn              Theodore Rogers, Jr.             Warren van Deventer
George R. Laughlin               Bruce Oswald                       Mr. & Mrs. Christopher duP.      Mrs. Maarten van Hengel
Michael Laughlin                 Mary Pankiewicz                       Roosevelt                     Helene van Oosten
Tim & Nancy Laughlin             Ellen & Harry Parker               Edward & Carolyn Ross            Mr. & Mrs. Paul Vartanian
Susan & Peter Lawrence           Samuel & Stephanie Parker          Mr. & Mrs. Laurence P. Rubinow   Amanda & Douglass Walker
Judith Lenzi-Magoveny            Andrew & Elizabeth Parkinson       Meredith & Peter Rugg            James & Evelyn Wall
Catherine McIntire Leslie        Kathy & Ged Parsons                Jennifer Russell                 Steven & Mary Walter
Jean M. Leuchtenburg             Harris & Elsie Parsons             Jim & Tracy Rutherfurd           Deb Walters
Leila Hadley Luce                Harris & Liz Parsons               Win & Mary Rutherford            Margaret & Bob Warden
Audrey Noyes Ludemann            Mr. & Mrs. J. Lester Parsons       Jennifer & Penn Sanger           Kevin & Angela Waterhouse
R. Vincent Lynch                 Jennifer & Josh Parsons            Katharine duP. Sanger            Susanna B. Weld & Leslie B.
Frank & Natalie Lyon             Susie & Bobby Parsons              John J. Scanlon                    Barclay
Bob & Bobsie Macleod             Reyn & Emily Parsons               Ellen B. & Bernhard Schiefer     Eric & Katie Welles
Ed & Marcie Madden               Patchwork Charitable               Joe & Annie Schlafly             Ellen & Bobby White
Sarah & Steve Malinowski            Foundation                      Ron & Gail Schongar              Mrs. Harold L. Williamson, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. G.C. Matthiessen      Mrs. Anne H. Patterson             Steve & Marianne Schongar        Peter L. Williamson
Malcolm & Diddle McAllister      Arthur C. & Louise M. Patterson    Mr. & Mrs. William C. Scott      Charlie & Anne Wilmerding
Mr. & Mrs. David B. McCall       Maria & David Patterson            Anthony & Helen Scoville         Mr. & Mrs. David R.
Samantha & Tom McCall            Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Patterson     Penni & Greg Sharp                 Wilmerding, Jr.
Elizabeth F. McCance             Tim & Sharon Patterson             Gregory & Deborah Shillo         John & Libby Winthrop
Mr. & Mrs. Henry F. McCance      Martin Pedersen & Maria Frank      Tom Siebens & Mimi Parsons       Paul & Sheldon Withers
McCance Foundation Trust         John J. Peishoff                   Sarah Slater                     Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Wood, Jr.
McElwreath family                Mary Jean Pelham                   Janet Marie Smith & Bart         Kimball & Janet Woodward
Mr. & Mrs. John S. McGeeney      Mr. & Mrs. B. Joseph Pendergast       Harvey                        Claire Woolston Commons &
John McGillian                   Pfizer Foundation                  Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Solomon           Matthew Commons
Christy & Ted McGraw             Suri Phancharoen                   Willard & Karen Soper            Sally & Joe Woolston
Dr. & Mrs. Hunter McGuire Jr.    Russell Planitzer & Barrie Fiske   Tad Sperry & Ellen Harvey        Simeon & Ellen Wooten
Alexander P. McKown              Suzanne Foyle Plunkett             Janio & Eliana Spinola           Mary Denny Wray
Lindsay & Stuart McLean          Sam & Anne Polk                    Peter & Janet Stanley            Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Wyckoff III
Michael & Kristin McNamara       Suzanne C. Pollard                 Talcott Stanley Family           Sam & Lizora Yonce
Terry & Harriet McNamara         Chip & Maisie Pollard              Janice & Peter Steil             Z & S Contracting, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. John Mettler          Cathy & Mike Posey                 Bill & Lorna Stengel
Arabella Meyer                   Mr. & Mrs. David M. Porter         Peter & Annabel Strife
Bob & Margot Meyer               Mrs. Louisa D. Preston             Mary L. Strunk                   Please excuse any inadvertent
Mary K. Meyer                    Mrs. Richard I. Purnell            Ann & David Strupp               misspellings or omissions.
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                                                                         the massive Brick Yard kilns of the late 19th century. Thurs.
Museum Speakers and Programs 2010                                        July 29th, 4 p.m. Location: Union Chapel.
Animal Senses. Investigate the keen senses of a wide array of            Beaks, Feet and Feathers. This program introduces partici-
different animals. Meet live snakes, turtles, frogs and owls and         pants to the amazing adaptations of birds. Discover how birds
investigate how they use their senses to survive in the wild.            are suited to their habitats using hands-on activities, live birds
Family program. Ages 5 and up. Denison Pequotsepos Nature                and observations of birds in the wild. A DPNC family pro-
Center (DPNC) Program. Thurs. July 8th from 2 to 3 p.m.                  gram. Ages 5 and up. Thurs. Aug. 12th from 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: the Museum. Suggested donation $5.                             Location: the Museum. Suggested donation $5.
Creature Features at the Ocean. Students explore animals                 Three’s a Charm: A Casualty of the 1938 Hurricane? In
and their special adaptations for living in water or land. First-        this illustrated presentation, local diving expert Mark Munro
hand observations are made by young nature detectives. Chil-             reveals how he discovered a previously unknown shipwreck
dren’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (CMSC) family                  within Fishers Island Sound. Was the vessel, which has yet to
program. Ages 4 & up. TIME: Two 45 min. programs: starting               be identified, a casualty of the hurricane dubbed the “Long
at 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Date: Weds. July 14th. Location:                Island Express?” Mark takes us on an underwater journey as
Drop off and pick up at South Beach by parking area near end             he seeks to solve this nautical mystery. Sunday Aug. 15th, 4
of 1st hole of HHC golf course. IF RAIN, MEET AT THE                     p.m. Location: Union Chapel.
MUSEUM FOR INDOOR PROGRAM. Each program lim-                             Native American Constellations in the StarLab Planetar-
ited to 20 people. Advance registration required. Fee $5. Call           ium. A CMSC program. Kids will learn about how Native
Museum to register.                                                      Americans viewed the stars within a 20-seat inflatable plan-
Book Signing Party. Jacob Albert, Jim Righter and the Board              etarium that reveals the night sky. Primarily for ages 5 to 12.
of the HLFM invite you to a book signing party in honor of               There will be two 45 min. programs: one starting at 1:30 p.m.
the new monograph, “New Classic American Houses: The Ar-                 & one at 2:30 p.m. on Weds. Aug. 18th at the FI School
chitecture of Albert, Righter & Tittmann.” Date: Thurs. July             Gym. Each program limited to 20 people. Advance registra-
15th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location: the Museum.                        tion required. Fee $5. Call Museum to register.
Plate Tectonics, Glaciers and the Formation of Fishers Is-               Peek into a Pond. Get mucky as we discover what creatures
land Sound. An illustrated lecture by Ralph Lewis, who was               are living in our ponds. We’ll have nets and buckets so you can
the State Geologist of Connecticut between 1997 and 2003                 take your best shot at catching frogs, tadpoles, fish, insects and
and is currently a professor in residence at UConn, Avery                more! Family program. A DPNC program for ages 5 and up.
Point. Come discover how Fishers Island and its neighbor-                Thurs. Aug. 19th from 2 to 3 p.m. Location: the Museum.
ing sound were formed. Smith Vaughan Lecture. Sunday July                Suggested donation $5.
18th, 4 p.m. Location: Union Chapel.                                     History of Brick Manufacturing on Fishers Island. A an
The Latest BUZZ: Extremely Exciting Insects. An outdoor                  illustrated lecture by Pierce Rafferty. Sunday Aug. 22nd, 4
program, students locate insects in their natural habitat, iden-         p.m. Location: Union Chapel.
tify and view them in magnifying bug boxes. A CMSC family                Nature Walks. During the summer, Nature Walks will start at
program for ages 4 and up. Two 45 min. programs: starting at             the Museum at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays unless posted.
1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. on Thurs. July 22nd. Location: the                 Museum Hours: July 4 to Labor Day: Tuesday through Fri-
Museum. Suggested donation $5.                                           day: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.
History of Brick Manufacturing on Fishers Island. Muse-                  to 12:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Closed Mondays.
um Director Pierce Rafferty will survey the evolution of brick           Off Season Hours: To be posted. For special appointments:
making on F.I. from the first Winthrop oven in the 1650s to              Please call the Museum (631)-788-7239.

The Henry L. Ferguson Museum
Board of Trustees                         Barry R. Bryan         Audrey N. Ludemann
Penelope C. Sharp, President              Heather F. Burnham     Steve Malinowski
Elizabeth H. Cook, Vice President         Alicia Hesse Cleary    Elizabeth McCance
Bagley Reid, Vice President               Jeffrey Edwards        Wendy O’Neil
Robert J. Miller, Vice President–Land Trust
                                          Kenneth L. Edwards     Thomas Parker
John S.W. Spofford, Treasurer             Sally Ferguson         Lisa Reed
Harry L. Ferguson III, Secretary          Sarah Gordon           Scott Reid
Charles B. Ferguson, President Emeritus   Allison Goss           Virginia Thors
                                          Catha Hesse            Staff
                                          Jean Leuchtenburg      Pierce Rafferty, Museum Director
  (631) 788-7239 • P.O. Box 554 Fishers Island, NY 06390 • fimuseum@fishersisland.net • www.fergusonmuseum.org
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