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.

FROM SHORE TO SHORE: Boatbuilders and Boatyards of Long Island Exhibit
in collaboration with Long Island Traditions
April 18 - Sept. 19, 2015
Since the 19th century, Long Island and Westchester have been home to many boatbuilders, ranging from traditional builders such as Gil Smith of Patchogue to the 35 modern builders featured in this exhibit. Join us for this celebration of our region’s great tradition of boat building! Exhibition also includes rarely seen 19th-century maritime photographs by Hal B. Fullerton as well as a magnificent maritime art exhibit curated by J. Russell Jinishian and Fred Polhemus (for more information, click here).

Other Upcoming From Shore to Shore Exhibit Events
Members Free; Non-Members $5
May 30 - Marty Sievers on the LIMM's Penney Boat Shop
June 13 - Boatbuilder Christopher Hale's Half-Model-Making Demonstrations
June 18 - J. Russell Jinishian on Maritime Art of Yesterday and Today
June 24 - Bob MacKay on Great Yachts of Long Island's North Shore
August 20 - Richard Welch on 19th-Century LI Wooden Shipbuilding
September 2 - Steve Jones on the Long Island Maritime Museum

BOOK & BOTTLE with Richard Welch on Nineteenth-Century Wooden Shipbuilding on Long Island
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:00 PM
Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine & cheese. RSVP Requested.

From Shore to Shore STEVE JONES PRESENTATION: The Long Island Maritime Museum
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:00 PM
LIMM executive director will take us on an "armchair tour" of the maritime museum in Sayville. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested.

FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP: Mastering the Genealogical Resources at the National Archives, presented by Dorothy Dougherty of the National Archives at NYC
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:00 PM
Learn how to use the wealth of resources available at the National Archives to search your family's history. Members $10; Non-Members $15. Includes genealogy handouts. Registration Required. Our genealogy events fill up quickly–if you wish to attend, register as soon as possible at 631-727-2881.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Marilyn Weigold on Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island's North and South Forks
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:00 PM
Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Nancy Solomon on On the Bay: Bay Houses and Maritime Culture on Long Island's Marshlands
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:00 PM
Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested.

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:


For 128 years the mission of the Suffolk County Historical Society has been to collect, preserve, and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, NY, and its people. To better accomplish these goals, SCHS is currently in the process of two major renovation projects.

The East Wing of the Society will be restored to its glorious past as an exhibition gallery. Converted to a storage area in the 1980s, this 30 x 24-foot space with 12-foot ceilings is undergoing a transformation. The reclaimed gallery space will allow SCHS to showcase rare and unique art and artifacts in a safe and secure climate-controlled environment. A formal dedication and naming of the gallery will take place in summer 2014.

The Weathervane Gift Shop will be relocated to the main floor. Renowned for its wonderful collection of Long Island history books and other items, the Gift Shop will reopen in summer 2014.

These projects have been made possible with gifts from the Gerry Foundation and Suffolk County.

Suffolk County Historical Society's Mobile Museum:

Suffolk County Historical Society's Mobile Museum began its educational outreach in March 2013. This 37 foot Winnebago a gift from the American Museum of Natural History has been transformed into an archeology museum bringing a museum experience to schools, libraries and community groups all over the county.

Recent Press:
Mobile Museum
Tri Hamlet News | April, 2013

Suffolk County Historical Society's Moveable Museum Makes Maiden Voyage to Sachem School
Newsday | March, 2013

Mobile Museum Visits Nokomis Elementary School
Newsday | March, 2013

Museum of Natural History Now Rolling Through Long Island
Suffolk Times | March, 2013


DENTAL INSTRUMENTS: PAST AND PRESENT at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library
December 1, 2014 – November 2015

Opening Reception - Monday, December 1, 11:00 AM

Travel back in time to see instruments used by dentist in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit is presented by Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Suffolk County Historical Society, and showcases the fascinating tools and practices that are precursors to today’s dental instruments and care. RSVP for the opening reception to 631-632-6320 or