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.

Events

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


JUNE

Sagtikos Manor Sign
Sagtikos ManorFROM MANOR TO MUSEUM: TREASURES OF SAGTIKOS MANOR EXHIBIT
June 28 November 1, 2014

Guest Curator: Dean Failey
Opening Reception
Saturday, June 28, 6:00 PM

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.

The site's history spans more than three centuries—from its original purchase from the Secatogue tribe by Stephanus Van Cortlandt in 1692 to the present day. Built in 1697, Sagtikos Manor served as headquarters for the British Army on Long Island for a time during the Revolutionary War, and President George Washington stayed here on April 21, 1790, during his tour of Long Island. The 700-acre estate was acquired by Jonathan Thompson of Setauket in 1758 for the sum of 1200 (British pounds). Mr. Thompson purchased the land for his son, Isaac, who in 1772 married Mary Gardiner from East Hampton. Jonathan deeded half of the land to Isaac upon the birth of Isaac and Mary's first son in 1773, and the remainder of the property to Isaac upon Jonathan's death. Judge Isaac Thompson was a prominent member of Islip Town government before and after the American Revolution. The last family member to live in the Manor was Robert David Lion Gardiner, who owned the property from 1935 to 1985. He deeded it to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. In 2002 Suffolk County purchased the remaining 10-acre property from the Foundation.



Gina Gilmour Art ExhibitGINA GILMOUR ART EXHIBIT + GRAND OPENING OF NEW WEATHERVANE GALLERY & GIFT SHOP
June 28 July 31, 2014

Guest Curator: Jane Kirkwood
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 28, 6:00 PM

A transplant to the East End from Manhattan, Gina Gilmour first came to Long Island as an artist-in-residence with the William Steeple Davis Foundation in Orient. She fell in love with the North Fork and has transformed an old motel in Mattituck into her studio. The artist's paintings and sculptures are in many private and public collections, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Newark Museum.




AUGUST

Chariots & Stone Photography Exhibit, by John BerhalterCHARIOTS & STONE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, BY JOHN BERHALTER
August 2 - September 13, 2014

Guest Curator: Loretta Corbisiero
Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug. 2, 6:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Weds. - Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

John Berhalter is a Long Island photographer whose work has been published in automobile collectors' books as well as in local art and entertainment 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 automobile is viewed not merely as a mode of transportation but also as an object of a collector's affection, and old or commonplace buildings are viewed as places of hidden artistry.




SEPTEMBER

THE WHOLE TOOTH: ANTIQUE DENTAL TOOLS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. SHERMAN MILLS
September 2014
SUNY Health Science Library



NOVEMBER

AGELESS BEAUTY: ANTIQUE DOLLS EXHIBIT
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:00 PM

Dates for Tea & Talk and Doll Appraisal Day to follow soon. Watch this space for details!



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.



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.

Recent Press:
Mobile Museum
Tri Hamlet News | April, 2013

Suffolk County Historical Society's Moveable Museum Makes Maiden Voyage to Sachem School
Newsday | March, 2013

Mobile Museum Visits Nokomis Elementary School
Newsday | March, 2013

Museum of Natural History Now Rolling Through Long Island
Suffolk Times | March, 2013



SPRING 2015

FROM SHORE TO SHORE: BOAT BUILDERS AND BOATYARDS OF LONG ISLAND EXHIBIT in collaboration with Long Island Traditions
Spring 2015 Details to follow.

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
Spring 2015 Details to follow.

SCHS Members Free; Non-Members $5.