Exhibits & Events

For full details and to register for any of the Suffolk County Historical Society's upcoming events, please call: (631) 727-2881.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

In Our Weathervane Gallery, February 10 - June 16, 2018
The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum has over 25,000 physical objects in its collection, most of them held in storage, sometimes for years, until placed on view for a specific exhibit. We are delighted to offer the first in a new Spotlight Series of exhibits designed to bring some of our wonderful objects out on display for all to enjoy. With over 250 paintings in our collection, this exhibit of selected oil paintings will represent a range of well-known professional artists to amateur artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Chosen for their beauty, quality, and community connection, the SCHS will proudly unveil these paintings that we have the honor of protecting and preserving for generations to come.

Photographs & Tintype Images Celebrating African American and Native American Diversity in 19th-Century Eastville

In Our Gish Gallery March 3 – May 23, 2018
These distinguished tintype portraits were hidden from view for decades, nailed to the floorboards of a Sag Harbor cottage as a flooring material until discovered in 1978. Through the painstaking research and restoration efforts of the Eastville Community Historical Society, these distinguished identities have been brought to life. Presented in partnership with the Eastville Community Historical Society, Collective Identity will be on exhibit in our Gish Gallery March 3 - May 23, 2018.

Teapots of the 19th Century From Our Permanent Collection. An exhibit featuring teapots of the nineteenth century from our permanent collection. The SCHS has over a hundred teapots and is proud to present the finest examples in this exhibit. In our History in the Hall Display Cases April 21 - July 28, 2018.


BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Ira Poliakoff on
Synagogues of Long Island

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Researching the histories of more than 250 Long Island synagogues for his new book, the author will discuss the vibrant Jewish communities of Suffolk County, where the Jewish population increased from 5,000 in 1939 to over 85,000 in 2012. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes light refreshments and admission to current exhibits. This event includes a book sale & signing. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Steve Wick on
Heaven and Earth: The Last Farmers of the North Fork

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 6:00 pm
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will discuss the history of farming families of the North Fork, one of the oldest farming communities in the entire United States. Today, more than 375 years later, the descendants of the same families struggle to preserve the area's legacy of land and hard work. The author will bring to life the unique group of people who've worked the soil since 1640. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese plus admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

Please join the Suffolk County Historical Society and support local history preservation. Founded in 1886, SCHS is a non-profit organization that collects and preserves the rich history of Suffolk County. We operate a history museum, an expansive library and archives, and a multitude of events, programs, and educational lectures and workshops. Our unique and ever-growing collection of artifacts reflects more than three centuries of local history. Visit our website or call 631-727-2881 for more information.

To subscribe to our popular Photo of the Week Series, send an email to librarian Wendy Polhemus-Annibell: wannibell@schs-museum.org.

On display at the Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center in Hauppauge. A standing display on loan from the Suffolk County Historical Society provides an overview of the history of the Pine Barrens and the critical role this region plays in the protection of Suffolk County’s precious groundwater. The SCWA Education Center is located at 260 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, NY.