Exhibits & Events

UPCOMING AND CURRENT EXHIBITS

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


LAST CALL CLOSING RECEPTION:
DOWNTOWN REFLECTION SERIES: Reflection Photography by Carole J. Amodeo

Saturday, July 31 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Featuring live music, a meet-and-greet with the artist, and light refreshments. Free to members, $5 non-members. This photography series is a visual delight, walking the viewer through a series of favorite Long Island downtowns, capturing not only the charm of the storefronts but also the bustle of activity as it appears reflected off of the stores' windowpanes. Don't miss this visual mirage of color and themes that dazzles the senses, taking in street scenes filled with reflected activity.



UPCOMING EXHIBIT:
Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island

In our Gish Gallery beginning August 7, 2021
Exhibit sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island. Curated by Brad Kolodny. Opening Reception/Meet the Curator: Thursday, August 12, 6:00 pm. Free to members; $5/non-member. Includes light refreshments. Six years ago curator Brad Kolodny set out to document and photograph every synagogue that has ever existed in Nassau and Suffolk. Four years later he completed that task, having photographed 385 buildings that at one time were, or currently are, being used as a synagogue. This exhibit showcases a sampling of Kolodny's images based on their historic significance, architectural design, and other unique attributes. This unique collection of images tells the story of Judaism's evolution on the island-from the humble beginnings of the first synagogue built in 1896 and the massive growth following World War II to today.



ART SHOW
Downtown Reflection Series: Reflection Photography by Carole J. Amodeo

In our Gish Gallery June 18 - July 31, 2021
This photography series is a visual delight, walking the viewer through a series of favorite Long Island downtowns, capturing not only the charm of the storefronts but also the bustle of activity as it appears reflected off of the stores' windowpanes. What results is a visual mirage of color and themes that dazzles the senses, taking in street scenes filled with reflected activity. This exhibit will also feature highlights of NYC reflections, which beautifully complement the theme.



AMERICA IN PRINT
Prints, Lithographs and Etchings from the SCHS Collection

In our Staas Gallery

Before the 1800s, art was largely reserved for the wealthy, but with the invention of lithography in 1796 - and particularly color lithography in 1837 - printers were able to mass-produce beautiful color prints that were cheap enough for anyone to buy. Suddenly, art was available to all and everyone could decorate their homes and offices with any of the thousands of images offered by such notable printers as Louis Prang, Napoleon Sarony, and Currier and Ives. Featuring themes of nineteenth-century life in landscapes, cityscapes, ships, racehorses, scenes from literature, politics, Civil War battle scenes, and rare examples of "lithographic Long Island," this exhibit captures the evolution of an American art form.



WHAT THE #*!! IS THAT?: Ordinary Objects From Yesteryear That Are Mysteries to the Modern Eye
In our Weathervane Gallery
The objects we use to get through an ordinary day have changed tremendously over time, so much so that many everyday items once used at work or at home by your grandparents (or great-grandparents) are now virtually unrecognizable. This exhibit showcases a selection of the more mysterious, interesting, and challenging objects from our collection to baffle, befuddle, and bemuse. Can you guess what they are? Bring your cellphone for an interactive experience! Exhibit curated by Richard Doctorow.



SILVERBROOK ART GLASS WORKS (1943 - 1976)
Hand-blown glass art manufactured with centuries-old techniques by the Kreutz brothers of Riverhead

Now in Our History in the Hall display cases

For the first time in over 30 years our entire Silverbrook Collection will be showcased in our museum! After fleeing their native Czechoslovakia in 1937 in fear of a Hitler invasion, the four Kreutz brothers came to the United States as fifth-generation glass-blowers, settling in Suffolk County and establishing their glassworks company on Flanders Road in Riverhead. Unlike most other glassware manufacturers using machines at the time, Joseph, Henry, Frank, and John Kreutz used the traditional centuries-old hand-blown glass techniques they had learned in their homeland to create extraordinary glass art pieces.



LONG ISLAND IN CONFLICT
a Newly Interpreted Permanent Exhibit
This newly renovated and permanent exhibit, "Long Island in Conflict," offers uniforms, weapons, medals, and other objects from our permanent collection, honoring Long Island's contribution to our country's defense.


[Poster for 'Be a Witness to History' exhibit]BE A WITNESS TO HISTORY!
The Suffolk County Historical Society invites you to be a witness to our living history. Please consider sharing your COVID-19 experiences for our historic archives. Email your stories to: librarian@schs-museum.org. Be sure to put "COVID-19" in your subject line and to include your location and contact information.


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.

LOCATION:
300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

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HOURS OF OPERATION:
Museum:
Wednesday - Saturday - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Library:
Open by Appointment Only.
Call to reserve your research visit:
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CONTACT:
Phone: (631) 727-2881
Fax: (631) 727-3467

General Inquiries:
director@schs-museum.org

Library/Research Inquiries:
librarian@schs-museum.org