Exhibits & Events

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

Holiday Craft Show & Sale

Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Free Admission! Fun for the whole family!
Join us for our special holiday event, our 10th Annual Wooden Wonderland: Holiday Craft Show & Sale! See our historic building and galleries come to life in a magnificent display of holiday arts and crafts. Dozens of vendors will offer ornaments, home decor, wreaths, soaps and candles, rustic Santas and gnomes, wood carvings, hats & scarves, and other one-of-a-kind, locally made, hand-crafted gifts! There will be something for everyone on your holiday list!
PLUS live woodcarving and woodworking demonstrations inside our historic galleries and outside on our Great Lawn!
ADMISSION IS FREE to one and all! Fun for the whole family!

65 Years of Comic Book Art by Stan Goldberg

Presented in our Weathervane Gallery by the Jewish Historical Society of Long Island and curated by Brad Kolodny, this exhibit showcases the nearly 70 years of work of the comic book artist Stan Goldberg— from his work as a colorist in the 1940s to his helping to create Marvel superheroes in the 1960s to another 40 years of drawing Archie and his pals at Riverdale High. Exhibit will run to May 20, 2023.

featuring author Jim "Zak" Szakmary on
WPA-Era Art & Artists: Long Island's New Deal Legacy

Saturday, December 10, 2022 – 1:00 pm
The presenter will take on a slideshow tour of local WPA-inspired art & artists across Long Island. The Works Progress Administration, our nation's largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, offered millions of unemployed Americans jobs during the Great Depression. Public buildings, roads, and bridges were built, but also artists were employed to create murals, easel paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theater scenic design, and arts and crafts. Learn about the Long Island WPA artists and the historic artworks they created in the 1930s--and where on the island you can still find these pieces of our history today.
Members Free, Non-Members $8. Includes refreshments. Registration + non-refundable prepayment required. Space is limited! Call 631-727-2881 to reserve your spot! Or register at Eventbrite (extra fee applies):

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with Edward A. Sierra on
Thomas A. Edison: A Life of Invention!

Saturday, January 28, 2023 – 1:00 pm
Join us for an engaging and informative presentation into the amazing life and work of Thomas A. Edison. Born in 1847 in Ohio, Edison was a husband, a father, and arguably the most prolific inventor in American history. He held 1,093 U.S. patents, including for the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a battery for an electric car. "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint."
Members Free, Non-Members $8. Includes refreshments. Registration + non-refundable prepayment required. Space is limited! Call 631-727-2881 to reserve your spot! Or reserve at Eventbrite for a small surcharge:

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Long Island’s Grand Estates of Yesteryear

In Our Gish Gallery
From the Gilded Age to Great Gatsby's 1920s, recognizable names like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, Havemeyers, and Woolworths enjoyed their countryside vacation estates built across Long Island. Reminiscent of English country homes, these estates are still appreciated today for their architectural beauty and grandeur. With cavernous hallways, soaring ceilings, unparalleled woodwork, and gardens that rivaled the palaces of Europe, these estates were the envy of those outside of the gates. Captured through aerial photography in the 1930s, these images present some of the earliest glimpses of what was found beyond the gates...

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.

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.

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.


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.

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