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.

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.

NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN WOODLANDS
Art and Artifacts

In our Grand Staas Gallery
The Eastern Woodlands is a cultural area of the indigenous people of North America, consisting of tribes inhabiting the United States and Canada, east of the Mississippi. Though their region was vast, the people of Eastern Woodland tribes lived in similar ways, and their art and artifacts reflect their deep-rooted culture, still evident through their descendants. This exhibit showcases modern native artists exploring historic themes and identities alongside earlier works. Art, artifacts, carvings, portraits, and tribal dress combine in this celebration of the Eastern Woodlands people. Exhibit curated by Jamie Reason. In our Grand Staas Gallery until February 2020.

WHAT'S YOUR COMPASS?
A Women Sharing Art Multimedia Exhibit

In our Gish Gallery now through December 21, 2019
An instrument used to show direction, a compass gives orientation to where one has been and where one is going. Metaphorically, a compass is a symbol for guidance, bearing, and forging one's path. Over three dozen local women artists are featured in this not-to-be-missed Women Sharing Art multimedia art exhibit.


UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBIT OPENINGS

Opening of LONG ISLAND IN CONFLICT
a Newly Interpreted Permanent Exhibit

November 13 - 16, 2019 – Veterans Day Week
Free museum admission for Veterans of all wars during Veterans Day Week, November 13-16! This newly renovated and permanent exhibit, "Long Island in Conflict," offers examples of uniforms, weapons, medals, and other objects from our permanent collection, honoring Long Island's contribution to our country's defense. From the earliest days of settlement, Long Islanders have played an active role in the nation's military history-on battlefields, in theaters of operation, and in conflicts wherever American armies have fought, including on Long Island itself during the American Revolution. On the home front, residents raised money, food, and supplies, and they provided the links to home and family so crucial to a soldier's performance. The Civil War and the two World Wars saw the largest numbers of Long Islanders in uniform. During the twentieth century, Long Island was the site of major military training grounds, encampments, and airfields. Local industries turned out boats, ships, and torpedoes, and from the 1930s to the 1990s, many of the nation's military aircraft were built right here on Long Island. Free museum admission for veterans on Nov. 13-16. More info.: 631-727-2881 x100

9TH ANNUAL WOODEN WONDERLAND
Holiday Craft Show & Sale!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Free admission! Our annual family-friendly event will feature handmade wooden items as well as other local artisans' wares. Features include holiday art & crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings, handmade candles, hats, and scarves, wooden wine racks, wreaths, 3D cards, pottery, clothing, and more! There will be something for everyone on your holiday gift list! Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations will go on all day indoors in our historic galleries and outdoors on our Great Lawn. Fun for the whole family! More info.: 631-727-2881 x100.



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.