Exhibits & Events

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

In our Weathervane Gallery Until Mid-January 2018
Come celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Riverhead Town at the Suffolk County Historical Society. Photographs, documents, maps, and other artifacts depicting Riverhead's past, from the Collection of the SCHS, will be on display in our Weathervane Gallery in commemoration of the town's journey from 1792 to 2017. On exhibit Oct. - Jan. 2018.

Long Island & the Great War

In our Grand Staas Gallery Until Spring 2018
Commemorating the Centennial of America's Entry into the First World War, our new exhibition features rare artifacts, maps, photographs, weaponry, posters, and more depicting Long Islanders' experiences during the first World War...from the front lines to the home front, neutrality to belligerence, and mobilization to victory. Curated by Richard F. Welch. Exhibit design by Richard P. Doctorow. Exhibit will be on display in our Grand Staas Gallery until March 2018.

100 Years: Votes for New York Women (1917-2017)

In our History in the Hall Gallery Until Spring 2018
When New York State women won the right to vote one hundred years ago—making 2017 the centennial of that historic civil rights victory—their success changed the national political landscape and was a critical tipping point on the road to a constitutional amendment. This exhibit celebrates the centennial by narrating the stories of Long Island women activists who dedicated themselves to the powerful grassroots movement. Curated by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell.


OPENING RECEPTION: Take a Closer Look, a Photography Show by Bob Weinstein
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Sag Harbor artist Bob Weinstein focuses his lens on details of historic homes and places in Sag Harbor that make up the richly textured story of the village. His work aims to create an understanding and appreciation of the unique village, its culture and heritage, and its place in the story of America. Most importantly, the artist hopes to share his belief that history is found not only in museums but is all around us, if only we stop to take a closer look. Free opening reception admission includes light refreshments. On exhibit in our Gish Gallery, January 20 - March 17, 2018.

OPENING RECEPTION: Spotlight Series: The Paintings
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Highlights from the Permanent Collection. The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum has over 25,000 physical objects in its collection, most of them held in storage, sometimes for years, until placed on view for a specific exhibit. We are delighted to offer the first in a new Spotlight Series of exhibits designed to bring some of our wonderful objects out on display for all to enjoy. With over 250 paintings in our collection, this exhibit of selected oil paintings will represent a range of well-known professional artists to amateur artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Chosen for their beauty, quality, and community connection, the SCHS will proudly unveil these painting that we have the honor of protecting and preserving for generations to come. Free opening reception admission includes light refreshments. On exhibit in our Weathervane Gallery, February 10 - May 19, 2018.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Sandi Brewster-Walker on
Long Island Whalers of Color

Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Long Island Indigenous People Museum Executive Director will discuss whaling captains and crews of color on the Long Island Sound, highlighting the genealogies and experiences of the local men who hunted the whale during the peak years of 1840 to 1860. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes light refreshments and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Eileen M. Duffy on
Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Once a rural region famed for its duck and potatoes, Long Island has carved out an outstanding wine country since 1973, rising to become a leader in the worldwide winemaking community. Edible East End editor Eileen M. Duffy will profile Long Island winemakers and wineries that have received this high distinction and discuss the fascinating story from the region's birth to its zenith. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, wine + cheese, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author George Giannaris on
Ferry Tales II: When Hellenic Freezes Over

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Hellenic owner and author George Giannaris will sign copies of his new book and share the local history of his family's landmark East Marion restaurant, along with coveted recipes, comical short stories, and philosophical insights. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, light refreshments, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 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: wannibell@schs-museum.org.

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.