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.

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.

On Exhibit March 9 - August 27, 2016
Broadbill highlights local families, maritime history, folk art, and bay ecology. Curated by Craig Kessler and Steven Jay Sanford and presented by the Long Island Decoy Collectors Assoc., the exhibit features decoys, a scooter boat, a documentary film, historic photos of the Great South Bay rigs, and a combination of artwork and photography by Steven Sanford. Gallery Hours: Weds. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Exhibit will run March 9 - August 27, 2016.

Over 50 watercolor paintings by Bernard Springsteel of Southold and Ralph Fanning of Riverhead from our collection. This special exhibit in our Weathervane Gallery will run through early Spring.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Mau VanDuren
Many Heads and Many Hands: Francis Doughty, Visionary or Troublemaker?

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM
Have you ever wondered why we practice separation of church and state? Or enjoy democracy and the rule of law? As Americans we hold these concepts dear-our republic was founded on them and we find them in our Constitution, of which James Madison was the main author. In this fascinating discussion of the "Many Heads and Many Hands" that led to the development of the U.S. Constitution, author Mau VanDuren will provide us with an in-depth appreciation of the important contributions of the Dutch. In particular, we will learn about Francis Doughty, who while a resident of western Long Island (then New Netherland) was a pioneer of American civil liberty. He mixed with the movers and shakers, lived the beginnings of what would become the American nation, and inspired others like James Madison to follow suit. Includes wine & cheese, book sale and signing, and admission to current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Natalie Naylor on
Hal and Edith Fullerton: The Lure of the Land

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:00 PM
Hal Fullerton was a Special Agent for the Long Island Railroad in the early decades of the 20th century; during that time he took thousands of photographs of Long Island, publicized the "Blessed Isle," and operated two LIRR experimental farms to prove the productivity of Long Island's soils. Edith wrote books on gardening and agriculture. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with MaryLaura Lamont
The Long Journey Home: Nichol's Eaglet

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 PM
A talk and slide presentation focusing on MaryLaura Lamont's 2015 discovery of a nesting pair of bald eagles at the William Floyd Estate, the first documentation of bald eagles at the historic site since the 1930s, and one of only a handful of nests that have been documented on Long Island in recent years. More than fifty years ago bald eagles faced extinction due to habitat loss, illegal hunting, and DDT contamination. This event includes wine and cheese, as well as admission to current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. LIMITED SEATING: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call 631-727-2881 x100 to reserve your spot.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Jim "Zak" Szakmary on
1930s' WPA Art on Long Island

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:00 PM
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed men and women during the Great Depression era. Public buildings, roads, and bridges were built, but also artists were employed to create murals, easel paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theatre scenic design, and arts and crafts. Learn about the art and sculpture created by WPA artists working on Long Island in the 1930s and where you can still see these pieces of our history today. This fascinating talk and slide presentation will take you to on a tour of local WPA-inspired art. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese and 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:

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.