SCHS is planning its annual History and Heritage Awards program for the fall 2016. 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 our yearly event. Watch this space for details!


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

FULLERTON'S LONG ISLAND: "The Lure of the Land" Exhibit
On Exhibit through December 23, 2016 in our Grand Staas Gallery
A never-before-seen exhibition of over 70 large-sized historic photographs of turn-of-the-century Long Island from our legendary Hal B. Fullerton Collection. Also on display are vintage cameras, glass-plate negative equipment, and other artifacts documenting the early history of photography. Curated by Neil Scholl and Peter Dicke.

On Exhibit March 9 - August 27, 2016
Broadbill highlights local families, maritime history, folk art, and bay ecology. Curated by Craig Kessler and Steven Jay Sanford and presented by the Long Island Decoy Collectors Assoc., the exhibit features decoys, a scooter boat, a documentary film, historic photos of the Great South Bay rigs, and a combination of artwork and photography by Steven Sanford. Gallery Hours: Weds. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Exhibit will run March 9 - August 27, 2016.

Over 50 watercolor paintings by Bernard Springsteel of Southold and Ralph Fanning of Riverhead from our collection. This special exhibit in our Weathervane Gallery will run through early Spring.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Natalie Naylor on
Hal and Edith Fullerton: Promoters of the "Blessed Isle" and Long Island Agriculture

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:00 PM
Hal Fullerton was a Special Agent for the Long Island Railroad in the early decades of the 20th century; during that time he took thousands of photographs of Long Island, publicized the "Blessed Isle," and operated two LIRR experimental farms to prove the productivity of Long Island's soils. Edith wrote books on gardening and agriculture. With our current Fullerton's Long Island photography exhibit as a backdrop, Naylor's illustrated presentation will draw on two books: The Blessed Isle: Hal B. Fullerton and His Image of Long Island, 1897-1927, by Charles L. Sachs, and The Junior Partner: Edith Loring Fullerton, Long Island Pioneer, by Anne Nauman, a grand-daughter of the Fullertons. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100. Raffle Basket to Feature Local Wine & Fullerton Memorabilia!

BOOK & BOTTLE with Stephen Scanniello
A Rose By Any Name: The Beauty and Allure of Historical Roses for the Home Garden

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 1:00 PM
Stephen Scanniello is curator of the world-renowned Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at New York Botanical Gardens, author of numerous books and articles on vintage roses, and current president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. A Rose by Any Name is his latest book dedicated to heritage roses. Encompassing art, literature, science, technology, history, and everything in between, the stories behind heritage rose varieties include enough curiosities, romance, tragedy, wit, mystery, scandal, and earthly delights to satisfy everyone. Attendees will learn that the perfume of 'Rosa Gallica' wafted through Pliny's Roman villa and lulled Marie Antoinette on the night before her wedding; that 'Eglantine' is threaded through Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; that roses in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were mainly raised for medicinal purposes; and that these old vintage roses are among the easiest and most beautiful plants to grow in a Long Island home garden Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale & signing, wine & cheese, and admission to current exhibits. Registration Required: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with MaryLaura Lamont
The Long Journey Home: Nichol's Eaglet

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 PM
A talk and slide presentation focusing on MaryLaura Lamont's 2015 discovery of a nesting pair of bald eagles at the William Floyd Estate, the first documentation of bald eagles at the historic site since the 1930s, and one of only a handful of nests that have been documented on Long Island in recent years. More than fifty years ago bald eagles faced extinction due to habitat loss, illegal hunting, and DDT contamination. This event includes wine and cheese, as well as admission to current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. LIMITED SEATING: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call 631-727-2881 x100 to reserve your spot.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Jim "Zak" Szakmary on
1930s' WPA Art on Long Island

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:00 PM
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed men and women during the Great Depression era. Public buildings, roads, and bridges were built, but also artists were employed to create murals, easel paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theatre scenic design, and arts and crafts. Learn about the art and sculpture created by WPA artists working on Long Island in the 1930s and where you can still see these pieces of our history today. This fascinating talk and slide presentation will take you to on a tour of local WPA-inspired art. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

with German-American Genealogist Richard Haberstroh

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 6:00 pm
Learn how to explore the journey into your family's historical roots. Members $15; Non-Members $20. RSVP and Prepayment Required by August 12. Space is limited. Our genealogy events fill up quickly. Call now to reserve your spot! 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:

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.