Exhibits & Events

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

EXHIBITS

QUIET PLACES OF THE NORTH FORK by Diane Alec Smith
In our Gish Gallery thru December 22, 2017
The renowned local artist unveils an entirely new collection of paintings of North Fork scenes. The pieces are representations of creeks, inlets, and wetlands of the North Fork. These early morning, sunset, and moonlit scenes reflect the tranquil beauty of nature found throughout the east end of Long Island. The SCHS proudly presents this collection of acrylic paintings as a rich tribute to the beauty and preservation of our natural environment, as well as a showcase of the extraordinary talents of a lifelong member of our community.

RIVERHEAD TOWN 225TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION (1792-2017)
In our Weathervane Gallery, October 14 - December 22, 2017
Come celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Riverhead Town at the Suffolk County Historical Society. Photographs, documents, maps, and other artifacts depicting Riverhead's past, from the Collection of the SCHS, will be on display in our Weathervane Gallery in commemoration of the town's journey from 1792 to 2017. On exhibit Oct. - Dec. 2017.

OVER HERE, OVER THERE:
Long Island & the Great War

Commemorating the Centennial of America's Entry into the First World War, our new exhibition features rare artifacts, maps, photographs, weaponry, posters, and more depicting Long Islanders' experiences during the first World War...from the front lines to the home front, neutrality to belligerence, and mobilization to victory. Curated by Richard F. Welch. Exhibit design by Richard P. Doctorow. Exhibit will be on display in our Grand Staas Gallery until January 2018.

"HISTORY IN THE HALL" WOMEN'S HISTORY EXHIBIT:
100 Years: Votes for New York Women (1917-2017)

On display March 11 through December 2017
When New York State women won the right to vote one hundred years ago—making 2017 the centennial of that historic civil rights victory—their success changed the national political landscape and was a critical tipping point on the road to a constitutional amendment. This exhibit celebrates the centennial by narrating the stories of Long Island women activists who dedicated themselves to the powerful grassroots movement. Curated by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell.


UPCOMING EXHIBITS

Watch this space for new exhibits coming in 2018!


EVENTS

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Brooke Kroeger on
The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 6:00 pm
For the centennial of New York women getting the vote, author Brooke Kroeger will discuss the untold story of how a group of prominent and influential men in New York came together to help women gain the right to vote. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, wine + cheese, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

7TH ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND: Holiday Craft Show & Sale
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Admission is free to all. This is a family-friendly event featuring local handmade wooden items as well as other local artisans' wares. Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations go on all day indoors as well as outdoors on our Great Lawn. The event includes dozens of local vendors, holiday arts & crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings and other wooden items, local artisan-crafted holiday and everyday gifts, handmade soaps, candles, hats & scarves, and much more (too much to list!). There's something for everyone on your holiday list. More info.: 631-727-2881 x100.

2ND ANNUAL FOUNDERS GALA
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a dazzling evening of live jazz music and cocktails set against the backdrop of our holiday-decorated historic galleries. Our signature cocktail, local wines, and hors d'oeuvres will complement the holiday festivities of this elegant evening. 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 12/1/17. 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Sandi Brewster-Walker on
Long Island Whalers of Color

Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Long Island Indigenous People Museum Executive Director will discuss whaling captains and crews of color on the Long Island Sound, highlighting the genealogies and experiences of the local men who hunted the whale during the peak years of 1840 to 1860. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes light refreshments and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Eileen M. Duffy on
Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Once a rural region famed for its duck and potatoes, Long Island has carved out an outstanding wine country since 1973, rising to become a leader in the worldwide winemaking community. Edible East End editor Eileen M. Duffy will profile Long Island winemakers and wineries that have received this high distinction and discuss the fascinating story from the region's birth to its zenith. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, wine + cheese, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author George Giannaris on
Ferry Tales II: When Hellenic Freezes Over

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Hellenic owner and author George Giannaris will sign copies of his new book and share the local history of his family's landmark East Marion restaurant, along with coveted recipes, comical short stories, and philosophical insights. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, light refreshments, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 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.