Exhibits & Events

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

A Photography Show by Bob Weinstein

On exhibit in our Gish Gallery until February 28, 2018
Sag Harbor artist Bob Weinstein focuses his lens on details of historic homes and places in Sag Harbor that make up the richly textured story of the village. His work aims to create an understanding and appreciation of the unique village, its culture and heritage, and its place in the story of America. Most importantly, the artist hopes to share his belief that history is found not only in museums but is all around us, if only we stop to take a closer look.

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.


OPENING RECEPTION: Spotlight Series: The Paintings
Highlights from the Permanent Collection

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 1:00 pm
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. Free opening reception admission includes light refreshments. On exhibit in our Weathervane Gallery, February 10 - May 19, 2018.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring 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 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.

OPENING RECEPTION: Collective Identity
Photographs & Tintype Images Celebrating African American and Native American Diversity in 19th-Century Eastville

Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 1:00 pm
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.

A Symposium

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Continuing our commemoration of the centennial of WWI, the SCHS is pleased to announce a symposium on the Long Island experience during the war featuring a group of distinguished First World War researchers and authorities:

  • Libby O'Connell - Feeding the Fight: Food, Propaganda, and WWI
  • James McKenna - Camp Mills in Mineola
  • David Clemens and Suzanne Johnson - Camp Upton
  • Laura Cinturati - Divided Between Pride and Anxiety: The Roosevelt Family and the Great War
  • Bert Cunningham - New York's Fighting 69th and the World War

The symposium will conclude with a curator's tour of the SCHS's acclaimed exhibition "Over Here, Over There: Long Island and the Great War." Join us for a day of informative presentations and discussions on the Long Island involvement in the transformative cataclysm of the twentieth century. Cost is $25 per person. Includes morning refreshments and a light lunch. RSVP: 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.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Stephen Sanfilippo on
East End Whalemen's Love of "Mother" in Songs and Poems

Thursday, May 10, 2018 – 6:00 pm
This special Mother's Day event will feature music, poetry, and discussion of the songs and poems of the East End whalemen about mothers and motherhood. 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.

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.