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Exhibits Preserving Howard Sherwood: The Sherwood Family Papers in Context

A Collector of More Than Antiques

Howard C. Sherwood (1870–1957), lawyer, traveler, and collector of antiques, founded the Society for Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) in 1948. Upon his death in 1957, Howard bequeathed to SPLIA his 18th-century Setauket home (the Jayne House), its furnishings, and a collection of family papers, including a typed memoir titled Diary of Principal Events in three volumes. Through detailed diaries, photographs, family bibles, and other artifacts, the collection depicts a cultured family whose wealth afforded them opportunities to pursue their personal interests and travel the world.