Exhibits & Events

CURRENT EXHIBITS

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

LONG ISLAND IN CONFLICT
a Newly Interpreted Permanent Exhibit
This newly renovated and permanent exhibit, "Long Island in Conflict," offers uniforms, weapons, medals, and other objects from our permanent collection, honoring Long Island's contribution to our country's defense.

WHEN WOMEN WORE WHALES
The Story of How Whalebone Shaped 19th-Century Fashion

In our Weathervane Gallery
Through a display of 19th-century photographs, fashion magazine plates, photographs, whaling tools, corsets, parasols, and exquisite dresses showing the changes in fashion from 1820 to 1920, this special exhibit explores the fascinating, surprising, and vital role the American whaling industry played in the world of 19th-century fashion. Curated by Richard Doctorow.

NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN WOODLANDS
Art and Artifacts

In our Grand Staas Gallery
The Eastern Woodlands is a cultural area of the indigenous people of North America, consisting of tribes inhabiting the United States and Canada, east of the Mississippi. Though their region was vast, the people of Eastern Woodland tribes lived in similar ways, and their art and artifacts reflect their deep-rooted culture, still evident through their descendants. This exhibit showcases modern native artists exploring historic themes and identities alongside earlier works. Art, artifacts, carvings, portraits, and tribal dress combine in this celebration of the Eastern Woodlands people. Exhibit curated by Jamie Reason. In our Grand Staas Gallery until February 2020.

WHAT'S YOUR COMPASS?
A Women Sharing Art Multimedia Exhibit

In our Gish Gallery now through December 21, 2019
An instrument used to show direction, a compass gives orientation to where one has been and where one is going. Metaphorically, a compass is a symbol for guidance, bearing, and forging one's path. Over three dozen local women artists are featured in this not-to-be-missed Women Sharing Art multimedia art exhibit.


UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBIT OPENINGS

9TH ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND
Holiday Craft Show & Sale!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Free admission! Our annual family-friendly event will feature handmade wooden items as well as other local artisans' wares. Features include holiday art & crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings, handmade candles, hats, and scarves, wooden wine racks, wreaths, 3D cards, pottery, clothing, and more! There will be something for everyone on your holiday gift list! Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations will go on all day indoors in our historic galleries and outdoors on our Great Lawn. Fun for the whole family! More info.: 631-727-2881 x100.

Black History Month: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
with Sandi Brewster-Walker

Saturday, February 29, 2020 – 1:00 pm
Back by popular demand is Sandi’s informative and invaluable workshop for African American family researchers! Come learn about African American family history research and the best genealogy resources to consult in this hands-on lecture by historian/genealogist Sandi Brewster-Walker. For beginning and advanced genealogists alike with an interest in researching African American family histories, the workshop will cover using information sources, interpreting research data, incorporating new data, and organizing records, among other necessary strategies. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Registration Required: 631-727-2881 x100.



ONGOING
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!
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.

SCHS PHOTO OF THE WEEK SERIES!
To subscribe to our popular Photo of the Week Series, send an email to librarian Wendy Polhemus-Annibell: wannibell@schs-museum.org.



OFF-SITE EXHIBITIONS
SUFFOLK COUNTY PINE BARRENS PICTORIAL EXHIBIT
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.