Exhibits & Events

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

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

In Our Weathervane Gallery, February 10 - June 16, 2018
The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum has over 25,000 physical objects in its collection, most of them held in storage, sometimes for years, until placed on view for a specific exhibit. We are delighted to offer the first in a new Spotlight Series of exhibits designed to bring some of our wonderful objects out on display for all to enjoy. With over 250 paintings in our collection, this exhibit of selected oil paintings will represent a range of well-known professional artists to amateur artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Chosen for their beauty, quality, and community connection, the SCHS will proudly unveil these paintings that we have the honor of protecting and preserving for generations to come.

Photographs & Tintype Images Celebrating African American and Native American Diversity in 19th-Century Eastville

In Our Gish Gallery March 3 – May 23, 2018
These distinguished tintype portraits were hidden from view for decades, nailed to the floorboards of a Sag Harbor cottage as a flooring material until discovered in 1978. Through the painstaking research and restoration efforts of the Eastville Community Historical Society, these distinguished identities have been brought to life. Presented in partnership with the Eastville Community Historical Society, Collective Identity will be on exhibit in our Gish Gallery March 3 - May 23, 2018.

Long Island & the Great War

In our Grand Staas Gallery Until Spring 2018
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 March 2018.

100 Years: Votes for New York Women (1917-2017)

In our History in the Hall Gallery Until Spring 2018
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.


ORCHID TEA & TALK featuring Special Guest Speaker Bill Bianchi
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 1:00 pm
$25 per person. Includes assorted teas, fancy finger sandwiches and sweets! Paid reservation by 4/14. Local grower of orchids and owner of Bianchi-Davis Greenhouses in Riverhead, Bill Bianchi will speak on the history and care of orchids. There will also be a sale of orchid plants at this event to benefit the Suffolk County Historical Society. Reserve early-space is limited & sellout risk is high! Call to reserve: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring 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.

MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT & POETRY READING: featuring Stephen Sanfilippo on
Love of "Mother" in the Songs and Poems of East End Whalemen

Thursday, May 10, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Mothers were a never-ending song in the hearts of the East End whalemen! This special Mother's Day-inspired event will feature live music and poetry readings, along with discussion of the songs and poems about mothers and motherhood that the whalemen of the East End sung and wrote on their long journeys from home. Songs such as "Mother, Kiss Me in My Dreams" and "The Indian Mother's Lullaby" will be performed and discussed. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Ira Poliakoff on
Synagogues of Long Island

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Researching the histories of more than 250 Long Island synagogues for his new book, the author will discuss the vibrant Jewish communities of Suffolk County, where the Jewish population increased from 5,000 in 1939 to over 85,000 in 2012. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes light refreshments and admission to current exhibits. This event includes a book sale & signing. 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: wannibell@schs-museum.org.

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.