Exhibits & Events


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

Remembering the 1938 Hurricane

In Our Gish Gallery September 22 - November 3, 2018
An 80th-anniversary exhibit featuring historic photographs, newspaper reports, stories of personal accounts, and artifacts salvaged from the wreckage. Curated by Jaime Karbowiak.

Celebrating the History of Film: 1900s to 1960s

The magic of cinema has been captivating America for over 100 years. Though the origins of early cinema are complex, Suffolk County played a surprising role in the early stages of the silent film industry! This exhibit celebrates the history of film, illustrating its early connections to Suffolk County and our area's charming local theaters, while also outlining cinema history through a showcase of one of the finest private collections of movie posters, programs, heralds, and theater window cards. From silent films to Hollywood legends, sci-fi to Disney animations, Silver Screens of Suffolk offers a fun-filled adventure for all ages! In our Grand Staas Gallery until February 28, 2019.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

In Our Weathervane Gallery
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.

In Our History in the Hall Display Cases
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.


Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm
A team of professional genealogists from the Daughters of the American Revolution will give a genealogy presentation promptly at 1:00 pm aimed at assisting those interested in applying for DAR acceptance. The presentation will be followed by personalized, individual and small-group assistance until 3:30 pm. Bring your questions, your family history paperwork, a notebook, and a laptop if you have one. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP Required: 631-727-2881 x100.

HALLOWEEN TEA & TALK: Murder & Mayhem on Long Island
featuring guest speaker Amy Kasuga Folk

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 1:00 pm
$25 per person. Includes assorted teas, fancy finger sandwiches, and sweets! Paid reservation required on or before Oct. 26. Amy K. Folk, Southold Town Historian and co-author with Geoffrey K. Fleming of Murder on Long Island, will uncover details of the gruesome story of revenge and murder that took place on the Wickham farm in nineteenth-century Cutchogue. Reserve early - space is limited & sellout risk is high! Call to reserve: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Richard F. Welch on
Long Island and World War I

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Learn how Long Island answered the call to service during the First World War, including the young men who entered the armed forces, the training center at Camp Upton, the factories that built torpedoes, the agricultural industry's contributions, and more! This event includes a book sale & signing for the author's newly published book, Long Island and World War I. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

Holiday Craft Show & Sale!

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Free admission! Our annual family-friendly event will feature local handmade wooden items as well as other local artisans' wares. Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations will go on all day indoors in our historic galleries and outdoors on our Great Lawn. Features include dozens of local vendors, holiday arts & crafts, ornament, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings, handmade soaps and candles, hats and scarves, and much more. There will be something for everyone on your holiday gift list! More info.: 631-727-2881.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Bruce Kagan on
Mile Markers of the North Fork

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Discover the intriguing history of the mile markers that sit on the side of the main roads of the North Fork, and the various stories on how the markers originated. Arrive early to see one of the original mile markers in our Early Suffolk Transport Gallery! Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + 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.