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

EXHIBIT: Historic Reflections of the Ten Towns
On display through 2016
The Suffolk County Historical Society was organized in 1886 with founding members from all Ten Towns of Suffolk County. In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the Society (1886 - 2016), this historic exhibit illustrates Suffolk County's Ten Towns in the decade of our founding. Curated by the Suffolk County Historical Society and contributing historians from each of the Ten Towns.

EXHIBIT: Mapping Suffolk County: A Complementary Ten Towns Exhibit
Exhibit will run through 2016
Featuring an assortment of historic maps of Suffolk County, from the 1700s to the 1900s, in our magnificent Gish Gallery.

FULLERTON'S LONG ISLAND: "The Lure of the Land" Exhibit
On Exhibit through December 23, 2016 in our Grand Staas Gallery
A never-before-seen exhibition of over 70 large-sized historic photographs of turn-of-the-century Long Island from our legendary Hal B. Fullerton Collection. Also on display are vintage cameras, glass-plate negative equipment, and other artifacts documenting the early history of photography. Curated by Neil Scholl and Peter Dicke.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Harrison Hunt on
Sherlock Holmes and the Long Island Cave Mystery

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 pm
In his 1911 short story "The Red Circle," Sherlock Holmes meets a Pinkerton detective in London who hails as the "hero of the Long Island Cave Mystery." Though for many years it was believed that no caves existed on Long Island, a researcher discovered in 2006 that there was indeed a cave mystery in 1891 in the Islip area involving theft, a planned kidnapping, and a series of underground bunkers described in period newspapers as caves. In this fascinating overview of a little-known episode in Long Island history, including illustrations of the key sites involved, local historian and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Harrison Hunt will uncover additional details about this mystery and reveal the Islip farm where the caves were located. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine & cheese and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Required. Please call to reserve your spot: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Bill Bleyer on
Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt's Summer White House

November 3, 2016, 6:00 PM
With previously unpublished photographs and a detailed guide to the house and grounds, historian Bill Bleyer will recount bygone days at Roosevelt's Oyster Bay haven. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine & cheese, book sale and signing, and admission to our current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Allison Manfra McGovern on
Disrupting the Narrative: An Archaeological Study of Montaukett Indian Lives

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:00 pm
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, this illustrated presentation will explore Montaukett Indian lives through documents and archaeological data from Indian Fields in Montauk, a small parcel of land on which the Montaukett Indians were permitted to live in the 18th and 19th centuries until Arthur Benson purchased it at public auction. Following this purchase, Montaukett Indians faced dispossession, relocation, and detribalization (by New York state). The archaeological remains of Indian Fields will be discussed along with historical data on Montaukett labor, movement, and social networks. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine & cheese and admission to our current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

6th ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND: Carvers' Holiday Show & Sale!
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Featuring dozens of vendors, handmade carvings, local artisan-crafted holiday gifts, and unique wooden items expertly made by Long Island craftspeople, plus live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations. See our historic galleries come to life in a remarkable display of holiday arts and crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, wood carvings, and assorted gifts from local artisans. There's something for everyone on your list! See photos from last year's show by visiting our Facebook page. Admission is free to one and all. Fun for the whole family!

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
A dazzling evening of jazz performed by New York Jazz Mission set against the backdrop of our decorated museum, as our signature cocktails, wine, and hors d'oeuvres compliment the holiday festivities of this elegant evening. The Founders Gala supports the Suffolk County Historical Society's array of programs and celebrates the 130th anniversary of our organization. The Gala is our largest fundraising event of the year, providing essential support to our programming and exhibits. Founded in 1886, the Suffolk County Historical Society's mission is to connect the past to the present and to make the rich history of Suffolk County relevant and meaningful to today's residents and for generations to come. Cost: $75 per person. Reserve by Dec. 5: 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:

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.