The English Springer Spaniels on Fishers Island

This Special Exhibition celebrates the storied history of English Springer Spaniels and the field trials on Fishers Island. Through a stunning assortment of period photographs and motion pictures, this exhibit takes its audience through a natural and social landscape that is simultaneously familiar and foreign. The December 1926 issue of ‘Forest and Stream’captures the beauty of Fishers Island at that time through the eyes of a sportsman or sportswoman:

“It is beautiful country over which to run a trial. There are wide stretches of grass land as level as a prairie that encourages a dog to step out, bog lands and gorse-covered hillsides to test their courage and pools of water which enables the judges to determine the all-around capabilities of the dogs before them.”  

You can view the Special Exhibition HERE.

Master Charlies B. Ferguson posing with Tedwyn’s Tailagan, October 1931, Fishers Island, NY. “Charlie” Ferguson won a Certificate of Merit for his handling of this dog at the 1931 trial. Photo coutesy of H.L.F. Museum

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