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.
BOOK & BOTTLE Author Visit/Book Discussion with Howard Kroplick
President of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society, a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, and Hempstead Town Historian, Howard Kroplick's books include Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island, The Long Island Motor Parkway, and North Hempstead. Book discussion and signing includes wine and cheese. SCHS Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP requested.
Guest Curator: Dean Failey
The Manor house is furnished with original family pieces just as it was when the last owner moved out in 1963. Many of these historic items - furniture, costumes, decorative arts, photographs, documents, signage, even the wrought-iron entrance gates, among other pieces - are on exhibit at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead. Exhibit extended to November 8, 2014.
CHARIOTS & STONE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, BY JOHN BERHALTER
Guest Curator: Loretta Corbisiero
John Berhalter is a LI photographer whose work has been published in automobile collectors' books and local publications. In Chariots & Stone, John turns the ordinary into the extraordinary, emphasizing the beauty of antique cars and historical buildings by drawing attention to their form and composition.
THE WHOLE TOOTH: ANTIQUE DENTAL TOOLS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. SHERMAN MILLS
THE INCREDIBLE VANDERBILT CUP RACES OF LONG ISLAND, from the Collection of Howard Kroplick
"Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!" heralded posters throughout Long Island in announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America. From 1904 to 1910, six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island. Developed from the imagination of William K. Vanderbilt Jr., great grandson of millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt, these races were the most prestigious auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. The exhibit relives auto racing's earliest triumphs, including the development of the Long Island Motor Parkway--the first road built exclusively for the automobile. Two displays featuring rare photos and memorabilia have been assembled by Howard Kroplick for exhibit at SCHS.
EDGAR ALLAN POE EXHIBIT OPENING
Join us in celebrating Edgar Allan Poe and the impact of his work on popular culture. This unique and fascinating exhibit will be on loan from the official Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, through Nov. 8, including during the Annual Poe Festival in Downtown Riverhead on Halloween weekend. Wine & cheese will be served + free opening reception admission.
BOOK & BOTTLE Author Visit/Book Discussion with Richard F. Welch
Meet local historian and author Dr. Richard F. Welch whose just-published book, General Washington's Commando: Benjamin Tallmadge in the Revolutionary War (2014), will be the focus of a book discussion and signing. Wine and cheese will be served. SCHS Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP requested.
BOOK & BOTTLE with Dean Failey
Historian and local author of Long Island Is My Nation: The Decorative Arts & Craftsmen, 1640-1830. Wine and cheese will be served. SCHS Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP requested.
AGELESS BEAUTY: ANTIQUE DOLLS EXHIBIT Opening Reception
Guest curator: Betty Ann Richardson. See below for Tea & Talk and Doll Appraisal Day details!
4TH ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND CARVERS HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE
Join us for this very special holiday event featuring handmade carvings and wooden items made by Long Island craftspeople PLUS carving and woodworking demonstrations! Santas, gnomes, ornaments, birds, fish, and decoys, among many other holiday gifts and whimsical pieces. Fun for the whole family! Free Admission.
BOOK & BOTTLE with Noel Gish
Local historian and author of Smithtown: Looking Back Through the Lens, 1660-1929. Book discussion and signing will include wine & cheese. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP requested.
AGELESS BEAUTY: ANTIQUE DOLL & TEA TALK
Ladies, bring your daughters, granddaughters, and nieces to this dress-up affair. Adults $15. Children (12 and under): $10. Includes assorted teas, finger sandwiches, and sweets. Reservations and prepayment required by Jan. 15. Call 631-727-2881 to reserve your spot!
ANTIQUE DOLL APPRAISAL DAY
Bring in your antique dolls for appraisal by doll expert Betty Ann Richardson. $5/doll or 3/$10. Free admission.
SCHS PHOTO OF THE WEEK SERIES!
NEWS AT SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
For 128 years the mission of the Suffolk County Historical Society has been to collect, preserve, and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, NY, and its people. To better accomplish these goals, SCHS is currently in the process of two major renovation projects.
The East Wing of the Society will be restored to its glorious past as an exhibition gallery. Converted to a storage area in the 1980s, this 30 x 24-foot space with 12-foot ceilings is undergoing a transformation. The reclaimed gallery space will allow SCHS to showcase rare and unique art and artifacts in a safe and secure climate-controlled environment. A formal dedication and naming of the gallery will take place in summer 2014.
The Weathervane Gift Shop will be relocated to the main floor. Renowned for its wonderful collection of Long Island history books and other items, the Gift Shop will reopen in summer 2014.
These projects have been made possible with gifts from the Gerry Foundation and Suffolk County.
Suffolk County Historical Society's Mobile Museum:
Suffolk County Historical Society's Mobile Museum began its educational outreach in March 2013. This 37 foot Winnebago a gift from the American Museum of Natural History has been transformed into an archeology museum bringing a museum experience to schools, libraries and community groups all over the county.
Mobile Museum Visits Nokomis Elementary School
Museum of Natural History Now Rolling Through Long Island
FROM SHORE TO SHORE: BOAT BUILDERS AND BOATYARDS OF LONG ISLAND EXHIBIT in collaboration with Long Island Traditions
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Long Island was home to many boat builders, ranging from traditional builders such as Gil Smith of Patchogue, who constructed garveys and skiffs for local baymen, to the Scopinich & Maresca boatyards that outfitted coast guard vessels and commercial fishing boats. Numerous industries supported this economy, including Columbia Bronze of Freeport, which manufactured propellers, and Champion Sail of Freeport, which made custom sails for clipper ships. Join us for this celebration of the great tradition of boat building!
LONG ISLAND TRADITIONS SPEAKER PROGRAM
SCHS Members Free; Non-Members $5.