Oyster Bay Town’s commitment to preserving stories of the past — specifically those of the Earle-Wightman House built around 1720 in Oyster Bay hamlet — is guaranteed for at least 10 years.
Town officials have entered into a decade-long agreement with the nonprofit Oyster Bay Historical Society to help maintain both the house and a newer, larger building behind it that serves as offices for the society and as a second museum.
“They talk about supporting history, but they really do support it,” said Philip Blocklyn, the society’s executive director. “It’s a nice commitment on both sides ... We’re very fortunate to have a partner like the town.”
The agreement — approved by the town board earlier this month — calls for the town to provide $125,000 annually to both museums for salaries, maintenance, utilities and other expenses, town spokeswoman Phyllis Barry said.
It will last through December 2021 and replaces a two-year agreement that has expired, Blocklyn said.
The Earle-Wightman House and the adjacent building have been donated to the town, which will own both, though the historical society is responsible for operating both.
The newer building, which Blocklyn said is twice as large as the house, will also house a museum library.
The building’s next exhibition — featuring contemporary pottery and 20th century pottery from the society’s own collection — is to open to the public on April 21, Blocklyn said.