On the next rainy day, take a virtual tour of its extensive online offerings
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization with a mission to collect, preserve and exhibit items of Prehistory, History and Natural History of Fishers Island and, through its Land Trust, preserve undeveloped land in its natural state—and to make all accessible to the community at large. For some visitors to the Museum and its Land Trust properties, interests lie in the Island’s natural history, for others archaeology and walking trails and for others it’s the annual exhibitions or special programming for adults and for children. The Museum catalogues and archives much of the institutional memory of Fishers. It pays homage to the past, is an eyewitness to the present and actively engages with an eye to the future. The Museum’s many facets are available for exploration on its website—and if you haven’t visited lately, a virtual tour is awaiting and worthwhile.
The website hosts an extensive archive of information about Fishers Island including photographs, fabled stories, recorded talks, all of which are available with an easy click for viewing. You can learn about archaeological findings on Fishers dating back 8000 years, its beginnings since European settlement or the modern-day histories of Fishers Island Farms or Fort Wright. In the Archaeology section (visit Archeology on the main tool bar) you’ll see which Fishers Islanders worked alongside visiting scientists on a dig to discover Fishers Island’s prehistory. In the History section, you can read a personal letter describing what it was like being on the island during the hurricane of ’38.
As you explore the website, note the talented photographers of Fishers Island whose works are on display. You’ll also find Nature Notes (reporting on the island’s biodiversity), Birds of Fishers Island (annual reported bird sightings on Fishers Island and its surrounding waters) and a favorite, the Osprey Cam which chronicles, in real time, the nesting, roosting, birthing and rearing of chicks in one of the island’s towering nests.
There are updates on the Seagrass Management Plan, news about the collaboration between the Museum and the Island school and many interesting posts under Latest News. Under Land Trust, you can learn about the island’s first wildlife sanctuary and download a PDF of trail system maps to save on your phone for your next walk. (Note: you may also access the trail maps by scanning the QR codes posted at Land Trust trail entrances.)
You don’t want to miss the Programs section which is busy with activity! The breadth of options reflects how the Museum has responded to areas in which its constituency has shown particular interest. There are virtual exhibitions and numerous illustrated talks available for viewing if you missed a guest speaker or one of Museum Director Pierce Rafferty’s captivating talks, including the History of Race Rock Light.
The Museum is a vibrant place and so is its website. As we move into fall and winter, we encourage you to take a virtual tour to learn and enjoy all there is to discover on its digital pages.