SCHS is establishing a Mini-Grant program through the office of the Suffolk County Historian offering historical societies throughout the County an opportunity to apply for aid in defraying the costs of creating exhibitions. Requests for these grants will be reviewed 4 times a year. No award will be greater than $400.

SCHS is instituting a program to honor our County's Living Treasures. Individuals whose life and efforts have had a profound effect on the arts, sciences and education of the people of Suffolk County will be honored at a yearly event.


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

FROM SHORE TO SHORE: Boatbuilders and Boatyards of Long Island Exhibit
in collaboration with Long Island Traditions
April 18 - Sept. 19, 2015
Since the 19th century, Long Island and Westchester have been home to many boatbuilders, ranging from traditional builders such as Gil Smith of Patchogue to the 35 modern builders featured in this exhibit. Join us for this celebration of our region’s great tradition of boat building! Exhibition also includes rarely seen 19th-century maritime photographs by Hal B. Fullerton as well as a magnificent maritime art exhibit curated by J. Russell Jinishian and Fred Polhemus (for more information, click here).

LOOKING IN THE MIRROR: Assessing the Strengths, Challenges, and Future of Historical Societies of Suffolk County
Friday, September 18, 2015, 11:00 AM
Suffolk County Historical Society, in collaboration with the Center for Non-Profit Leadership at Adelphi University and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, cordially invites Suffolk County historical and cultural organizations to a special presentation of the 2015 needs-assessment survey findings. Space is limited. RSVP by Sept. 4 to: 631-727-2881 x106 or This special event is open to Suffolk County historical and cultural organizations only (two representatives per organization).

BOOK & BOTTLE with Marilyn Weigold on Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island's North and South Forks
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:00 PM
Pace University history professor and local author Marilyn Weigold will examine the past 400 years of the Peconic Bay region's history, tracing the growth of the fishing industry, the rise of tourism, and the military history of the area. Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x106.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Nancy Solomon on On the Bay: Bay Houses and Maritime Culture on Long Island's Marshlands
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:00 PM
Our South Shore's marshlands are dotted with a historic collection of bay houses that generations of baymen have used as base camps for clamming, fishing, and hunting. The author will discuss the historical significance of these bay houses, how they were used by baymen, and the process of building and maintaining the unique structures. Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x106.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Tom Barritt on Long Island Food: A History from Family Farms & Oysters to Craft Spirits
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 1:00 PM
Beyond its crowded highways, Long Island serves up a plentiful, eclectic bounty with a side of history. Enticing appetites from Nassau to Montauk, Edible Long Island food writer and Long Island native Tom Barritt explores how immigrant families built a still-thriving agricultural community, producing everything from crunchy pickles and hearty potatoes to succulent oysters and Long Island duckling. Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x106.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - October 31, 2015
In conjunction with the 2nd Annual Riverhead Poe Festival and the Official Poe Museum. Poe memorabilia and literature will be on view. Exhibit will run through October 31.

BOOK & BOTTLE with MaryLaura Lamont on Land, Sea, and Sky: The Artwork of Old Mastic
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:00 PM
A talk and slide presentation on the fabulous and rarely seen artwork of the Old Mastic House, featuring a variety of mediums from oil paintings and watercolors to pencil sketches. All artwork was done by Floyd family members or their guests from the 1850s to the 1970s, on the property that is today known as the William Floyd Estate. Learn about these wonderful images of the land, people, farm life, and beaches of Old Mastic. Includes wine and cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x106.

HISTORY & FILM SERIES: Narrative, Media, and Place - Engaging Public Audiences with the Past
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Includes screening of a rare historic film featuring a tour of Gardiners Island by Robert David Lion Gardiner as well as presentations by Long Island historian Noel J. Gish Sr. and Ellen Noonan of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at CUNY Graduate Center. Hosted by David Byer-Tyre. Free admission. RSVP Required: 631-727-2881 x106.

5TH ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND: Wood Carvers' Holiday Show & Sale
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Featuring handmade carvings, holiday gifts, and unique wooden items expertly made by Long Island craftspeople plus live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations. Join us for our special annual holiday event! Fun for the whole family. Admission is free.

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:


DENTAL INSTRUMENTS: PAST AND PRESENT at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library
December 1, 2014 – November 2015

Opening Reception - Monday, December 1, 11:00 AM

Travel back in time to see instruments used by dentist in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit is presented by Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Suffolk County Historical Society, and showcases the fascinating tools and practices that are precursors to today’s dental instruments and care. RSVP for the opening reception to 631-632-6320 or