Exhibits & Events
For full details and to register for any of the Suffolk County Historical Society's upcoming events, please call: (631) 727-2881.
URBAN / SUBURBAN: NYC & North Fork Street Photography
by Neil Scholl
In our Gish Gallery
Long Island photographer Neil Scholl's work focuses on street and documentary photography and has been widely exhibited at galleries across Long Island, including Gallery North, Heckscher Museum, Montauk Lighthouse Museum, Water Mill Museum, and Islip Art Museum. This newly curated exhibit by Scholl contrasts his extraordinary street photography of NYC in the 1950s-1970s with more recent images of the North Fork of Long Island. Scholl is Professor Emeritus of New York Institute of Technology, where for 20 years he taught photography and graphic design.
THE PARRY SISTERS
Suffolk County in the Wild West
From our permanent collection, assorted costumes, beads, photographs, and other artifacts showcase the story of circus performers Etheyle and Juanita Parry of Riverhead, known as the Parry Sisters, two of the greatest stunt horseback riders in the country at the turn of the 20th century. In our History in the Hall display cases beginning March 11, 2020.
LONG ISLAND IN CONFLICT
a Newly Interpreted Permanent Exhibit
This newly renovated and permanent exhibit, "Long Island in Conflict," offers uniforms, weapons, medals, and other objects from our permanent collection, honoring Long Island's contribution to our country's defense.
WHEN WOMEN WORE WHALES
The Story of How Whalebone Shaped 19th-Century Fashion
In our Weathervane Gallery
Through a display of 19th-century photographs, fashion magazine plates, photographs, whaling tools, corsets, parasols, and exquisite dresses showing the changes in fashion from 1820 to 1920, this special exhibit explores the fascinating, surprising, and vital role the American whaling industry played in the world of 19th-century fashion. Curated by Richard Doctorow.
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UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBIT OPENINGS
BE A WITNESS TO HISTORY!
The Suffolk County Historical Society invites you to be a witness to our living history. Please consider sharing your COVID-19 experiences for our historic archives. Email your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put "COVID-19" in your subject line and to include your location and contact information.
THE VOICE OF JUPITER HAMMON
A virtual roundtable co-presented by the Suffolk County Historical Society and Preservation Long Island
Event Date: September 19, 2020 (via Zoom)
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
More information: 631-727-2881
Born into slavery on Long Island and educated alongside his future enslaver, Jupiter Hammon (1711-c.1806) endured the American Revolution and witnessed the founding of a new nation. Through an analysis of Hammon's own words, this virtual roundtable will explore how Hammon's religious beliefs influenced his thoughts about freedom and equality, writing and the exchange of ideas as an act of resistance, and the importance of Jupiter's works to understanding American history and literature.
A moderated panel featuring Dr. Jessie Erickson (University of Delaware), teacher and writer, Malik Work, and Dr. Phillip M. Richards (Colgate University) will be followed by a virtual break-out session for project stakeholders to reflect and respond to the conversation. The 90-minute online panel discussion is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.
A Collection of Creepy Curiosities
A History in the Hall Exhibit
September 16 - November 7, 2020
A dark apparition appears in the transportation room, the shuffling sounds of furniture being moved are heard in the grand hallway, the sound of a woman weeping comes out of nowhere... For over 130 years, ghost stories have stirred and swirled around our museum. With curious artifacts ranging from coffins, Victorian-era murder weapons, and wreaths of human hair, to stories of undocumented human bones found in the collection, the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum has had no shortage of eccentric artifacts that stir the darker imagination. A Collection of Creepy Curiosities will be featured in our "History in the Hall" display cases from Sept. 16 to Nov. 7, 2020. Come visit...if you dare! Our creepiest curiosities will have you looking over your shoulders as you meander the museum's halls.
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: email@example.com.
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.