SCHS is establishing a Mini-Grant program through the office of the Suffolk County Historian offering historical societies throughout the County an opportunity to apply for aid in defraying the costs of creating exhibitions. Requests for these grants will be reviewed 4 times a year. No award will be greater than $400.

SCHS is instituting a program to honor our County's Living Treasures. Individuals whose life and efforts have had a profound effect on the arts, sciences and education of the people of Suffolk County will be honored at a yearly event.


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

BLACK HISTORY MONTH Envisioning, Developing, and Preserving Gordon Heights
Wednesday, February 10 - March 12, 2016
This special exhibit will feature photographs, newspaper accounts, and the written and oral testimonies of original homesteaders, documenting the founding and rise of the Gordon Heights community in central Suffolk County. Positioning the emergence of Gordon Heights within the interrelated histories of the Great Migration and black suburbanization, Envisioning, Developing, and Preserving Gordon Heights examines the roots of housing segregation on Long Island and recounts the efforts of Gordon Heights residents to build their community and civic institutions, including New York state's first African American fire department. For more information: 631-727-2881 x100.

Featuring winter scenes of Long Island and beyond by local watercolor artist Jeanne Rogers. Works in this exhibit may be purchased; 10% of the proceeds will go toward the SCHS Capital Improvement Fund for our planned Handicap-Accessible Building Addition. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit will run through February 2016.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - January 2016
Over 50 spectacular watercolor paintings by Bernard Springsteel of Southold and Ralph Fanning of Riverhead from our collection will be on display in our beautiful Weathervane Gallery beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2015. This special exhibit will run to mid- to late January 2016. The Gallery is open to the public on Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Henry Osmers on On Eagle's Beak: A History of the Montauk Point Lighthouse
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 PM
The official Montauk Point Lighthouse Historian will present an informative slide presentation on the history of the historic structure and will sign copies of his book! Includes wine and cheese and admission to current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x107.

BOOK & BOTTLE with MaryLaura Lamont on the History of the William Floyd Estate
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 1:00 PM
Take an armchair tour of the William Floyd Estate with MaryLaura Lamont, on this winter Saturday afternoon when the estate is closed for the season. Includes wine and cheese and admission to all current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x107.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Nancy Solomon on On the Bay: Bay Houses and Maritime Culture on Long Island's Marshlands
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1:00 PM
Our South Shore's marshlands are dotted with a historic collection of bay houses that generations of baymen have used as base camps for clamming, fishing, and hunting. The author will discuss the historical significance of these bay houses, how they were used by baymen, and the process of building and maintaining the unique structures. Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese and admission to all current exhibit spaces. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x107.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Ralph Brady on Landmarks & Historic Sites of Long Island
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:00 PM
Through historic commentary and an extensive collection of current and vintage photographs, Ralph Brady will outline the history of dozens of historic sites and carve the path for audience members to plan their journeys around LI's history. Includes wine and cheese and admission to all current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x107.

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:

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.