Exhibits & Events

CURRENT EXHIBITS

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

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.

OH, SWEET SPRING!
A Festive Exhibit Celebrating the Passing of Old Man Winter Through the Flora & Fauna in Our Collection

In Our Gish Gallery
There may still be rain and ruin outside, but inside the museum's Gish Gallery, spring has sprung! Come explore a decadent visual and audio cornucopia of music, paintings, pottery, textiles, clothing, and sculpture that celebrate the passing of Old Man Winter. This exhibit is sure to have you kicking off the galoshes, tossing away the umbrella, and leaving with a song in your heart and a smile on your face! Curated by Richard P. Doctorow.
LAST CALL! EXHIBIT CLOSING AUGUST 30, 2019

THE SILVER SCREENS OF SUFFOLK
Celebrating the History of Film: 1900s to 1960s

In Our Grand Staas Gallery
The magic of cinema has been captivating America for over 100 years. Though the origins of early cinema are complex, Suffolk County played a surprising role in the early stages of the silent film industry! This exhibit celebrates the history of film, illustrating its early connections to Suffolk County and our area's charming local theaters, while also outlining cinema history through a showcase of one of the finest private collections of movie posters, programs, heralds, and theater window cards. From silent films to Hollywood legends, sci-fi to Disney animations, Silver Screens of Suffolk offers a fun-filled adventure for all ages!
LAST CALL! EXHIBIT CLOSING AUGUST 24, 2019


UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBIT OPENINGS

OPENING RECEPTION
Native People of the Eastern Woodlands: Art and Artifacts

Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 1:00 pm
The Eastern Woodlands is a cultural area of the indigenous people of North America, consisting of tribes inhabiting the United States and Canada, east of the Mississippi. Though their region was vast, the people of Eastern Woodland tribes lived in similar ways, and their art and artifacts are a reflection of their deep-rooted culture, still evident through their descendants. This exhibit of art, artifacts, carvings, portraits, and tribal dress of the Eastern Woodlands people celebrates the artistic skills they shared as a people. Exhibit curated by Jamie Reason. In our Grand Staas Gallery. Free opening reception admission + light refreshments.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Edward A. Sierra on
Marie Curie's Life and Work

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Learn about Marie Curie, a scientist and an early pioneer of radioactivity, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person and only woman to win the Nobel twice! Edward A. Sierra, a veteran of the U.S. Navy formerly employed as a reactor operator, will offer an engaging presentation on the life and work of this amazing woman scientist. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine & cheese + admission to current exhibits. Registration Required: 631-727-2881 x100.

TEA & TALK featuring Karl Grossman on
Robert D.L. Gardiner & Gardiner's Island

Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 1:00 pm
$25 per person. Includes assorted teas, fancy finger sandwiches, & sweets! Registration & prepayment required by 10/12. Reserve early - sellout risk is high! Call 631-727-2881 x100 to reserve.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Karl Grossman on
History of Jews on Long Island's East End

Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Journalist and professor of journalism Karl Grossman will give a presentation on the history of Jews on Long Island's East End, focusing on the Jewish settlement in Sag Harbor. Grossman's East End roots include his paternal grandparents Herman and Stephanie, who settled in Sag Harbor more than a century ago. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine & cheese + admission to current exhibits. Registration Required: 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.