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THE OCEAN BEACH COMMUNITY FUND, INC. PROVIDES FOR BEAUTIFICATION OF THE VILLAGE OF OCEAN BEACH AND PROMOTES CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES FOR THE OCEAN BEACH COMMUNITY.
In 1980, the Ocean Beach Historical Society was founded as a non-profit institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of photographs, artifacts, and documents pertaining to the history of Ocean Beach. In addition, the Society supports local artists whose work is in some way relevant to or evocative of life in Ocean Beach or Fire Island, by providing opportunities for them to exhibit and/or sell their work. A portion of the proceeds of these sales benefits the Society. Our collection contains over 1,000 photos and artifacts, including postcards, posters, concert and theater programs, oral histories, buttons, period costumes, and furniture. Each season we acquire several new items (usually donated by homeowners) that tell us yet another story about life in Ocean Beach , yesterday and today. Our exhibits have highlighted the important historical events that have had the biggest impact on life in Fire Island, and have depicted our way of life and the way it has changed over the years. Other exhibits have showcased the collections of local residents, people who’ve collected the images and memorabilia that tell their stories and stories of the island. We’ve also tried to show residents and visitors what makes life on Fire Island unique, like no other place in the world.