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Find Your Place in History with the Shelter Island Historical Society

The Shelter Island Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

The Shelter Island Historical Society interprets Shelter Island’s past through historical material and through its people, from the first Native American inhabitants, settlers and town fathers, to those who have made it a caring and unique community through the years. The Society strives to preserve the Island’s heritage for future generations.

The Havens House is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and is Shelter Island's only museum.

The Society's archival department maintains over 10,000 documents in a climate-controlled vault. Documents include correspondence, deeds, maps, newspapers, artwork, various publications, photos and legal documents, and other interesting records. Documents from the archival library are available for viewing by appointment.

The Shelter Island Historical Society is funded through donations. Programs and events for all ages are held throughout the year. provides general information and lists upcoming events and programs.

We welcome your visit.