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.

HAUNTED HALLWAY:
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.

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.

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: librarian@schs-museum.org. Be sure to put "COVID-19" in your subject line and to include your location and contact information.






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.