The PHC is OPEN!

1The PORTUGUESE HISTORICAL CENTER re-opened on Saturday – July 11, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tunaman’s Memorial Ceremony August 2, 2020

In memory …

Remembering those who left the shore never to return


12:00 (noon) to 3:00 p.m. 

Private appointments are available upon request (

We look forward to seeing you!


The PHC is proud to announce our


Kayla Hatashita & Justin Valadaõ

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Become a Member

Renew your membership or join for the first time…CLICK HERE!

Member benefits include: email updates of PHC events, quarterly/triannual newsletter, information on special events and fundraisers, discounts on events, etc.

The Portuguese Historical Center (PHC) was founded in 1977 to encourage civic and community involvement in the preservation of Portuguese culture, folklore, and history by:

  • Supporting Portuguese Language preservation
  • Hosting continuing education and community events
  • Preserving artifacts from the Gann photo collection, Tuna Hall of Progress, and others
  • Honoring and maintaining the Tunaman’s Memorial on Shelter Island
  • Honoring our outstanding community leaders and organizations with ongoing displays and presentations
  • Archiving the many accomplishments of the Portuguese organizations, both locally and worldwide

Be a Sponsor

The Portuguese Historical Center (PHC) strives to make the Portuguese museum bigger and better. Like most organizations, without the generous monetary donations from the community, the PHC cannot accomplish its goals. Please consider becoming a SPONSOR to help us maintain and improve our Portuguese museum.  Click on the link below for the application, or contact us if you have questions.


Tuna Fishing Industry Monument

We have broken ground on our Tuna Fishing Industry Monument!  Please come and see how beautiful it is!  If you are interested in honoring those that gave, and are still giving, their livelihood to the tuna fishing industry please see the application for criteria and questionnaire.

A selected number of names will be available to purchase for inscribing as well as floor pavers. A criteria is required as well as a history questionnaire form to qualify. Please see application for criteria and questionnaire.

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