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All That Has Been Exhibition Guided House Tours

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80 North Ferry Rd

Shelter Island, NY 11964

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Sylvester Manor Educational Farm will present the 2019 in-house exhibition, All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed, A History of Three Cultures at Sylvester Manor.

The exhibition this season will examine the three cultures that came together at the time of the establishment of Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island in 1651. The Indigenous Native American Manhansett Tribe who made the island their home for a millenium, the European businessmen who bought Shelter Island to provision their Caribbean sugar operation, and the Enslaved Africans brought from the West Indies as the island’s labor force.

Artifacts uncovered during the archaeological digs conducted by teams from the University of Mass/Boston in the early 2000’s will be on display within the Manor house along with photographic prints of the artifact pieces. The accompanying exhibit catalogue and tour will highlight the stories and descriptions behind the artifacts and will tell the early history of Shelter Island and stories of the Sylvester family and descendants who have lived on this property for 11 generations. With documentation from wills, census and town records, the tour will also include information about the enslaved people of Sylvester Manor.

Starting in June, a Native American wigwam structure will be constructed by artist David Bunn Martine, a Shinnecock Nation Tribal member on the Manor grounds and will remain in place throughout the season. The wigwam, a traditional domed saucer shaped dwelling will be constructed out of collected reeds and wooden poles from the property. Tours and programs will discuss the culture and traditions of local native peoples concentrating on their existence at Sylvester Manor and will inlcude an outdoor walking experience and ground floor Manor house tour. Please wear appropriate footwear for the outdoor portion of the tour.

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80 North Ferry Rd

Shelter Island, NY 11964

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