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

EXHIBIT: Historic Reflections of the Ten Towns
On display through 2016
The Suffolk County Historical Society was organized in 1886 with founding members from all Ten Towns of Suffolk County. In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the Society (1886 - 2016), this historic exhibit illustrates Suffolk County's Ten Towns in the decade of our founding. Curated by the Suffolk County Historical Society and contributing historians from each of the Ten Towns.

EXHIBIT: Mapping Suffolk County: A Complementary Ten Towns Exhibit
Exhibit will run through 2016
Featuring an assortment of historic maps of Suffolk County, from the 1700s to the 1900s, in our magnificent Gish Gallery.

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.

6th ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND: Carvers' Holiday Show & Sale!
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Featuring dozens of vendors, handmade carvings, local artisan-crafted holiday gifts, and unique wooden items expertly made by Long Island craftspeople, plus live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations. See our historic galleries come to life in a remarkable display of holiday arts and crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, wood carvings, and assorted gifts from local artisans. There's something for everyone on your list! See photos from last year's show by visiting our Facebook page. Admission is free to one and all. Fun for the whole family!

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for a dazzling evening of jazz performed by New York Jazz Mission set against the backdrop of our decorated historic galleries, as our signature cocktail, local wines, and hors d'oeuvres compliment the holiday festivities of this elegant evening. An Exclusive Silent Auction of Limited Hal B. Fullerton photographic prints will also be offered. The Founders Gala supports the Suffolk County Historical Society's array of programs and celebrates the 130th anniversary of our organization. The Gala is our largest fundraising event of the year, providing essential support to our programming and exhibits. Founded in 1886, the Suffolk County Historical Society's mission is to connect the past to the present and to make the rich history of Suffolk County relevant and meaningful to today's residents and for generations to come. Cost: $75 per person. Reserve by Dec. 5: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Georgette Grier-Key on
Legacy Matters! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:00 pm
This illustrated presentation will re-imagine Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream by examining his writings, speeches, and early family life in order to better understand the challenges he faced and the social unrest and peace movements of the time period. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes light refreshments and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Christopher Verga on
Civil Rights on Long Island

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 1:00 pm
In this illustrated presentation, author Chris Verga will explore the often overlooked role of Long Island as a battleground of the civil rights movement, challenging us to consider how a racial caste system has directly or indirectly been enforced through slavery and post-WWII racial barriers to home ownership and education, and how civil disobedience has been employed as a means to fracturing racial barriers on Long Island. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale & 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:

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.