Membership & Donations


We invite you to join the Suffolk County Historical Society, where the focus for over 130 years has been and continues to be the preservation of the rich history of Suffolk County, Long Island, NY, and its people. The exhibits, educational programs, and research library services that SCHS offers reflect the county's rich history, including Native Americans, English settlers who arrived in 1640, and various themes that have influenced the growth and development of Suffolk County.


Members receive our periodical, the Journal of the Suffolk County Historical Society, which features genealogical and historical articles. Also included in the Journal from time to time are program announcements and topics of interest, such as new additions to the library or recently published books.

All members enjoy free use of the society's Library collections, including research services offered by mail at reduced rates. Photocopying of research materials is available to members at 10 cents a sheet.

Members receive a 10% discount on most items in the museum's Weathervane Gift Shop. The gift shop offers a wide selection of books and pamphlets on local history, genealogy, social history, and related topics. In addition, invitations and notices for special programs and events are mailed to the membership throughout the year. Members also receive our popular Photo of the Week email series.


The membership categories are:

  • $35 Individual membership
  • $40 Family membership
  • $500 Sustaining member
  • $100 & up Corporate membership
  • $1,000 Lifetime member

Please contact the Director for details on corporate sponsorship and membership.

Membership in the Suffolk County Historical Society is a material way that you can support the work of the historical society and receive all the benefits of membership. Your support of our work is important to the historical society. Membership is by calendar year. Those joining after October 1st will have their membership valid through the following year. Please make your check payable to the Suffolk County Historical Society. We look forward to welcoming you as a member.


If you would like to become a member of the Suffolk County Historical Society please:

Membership Form

1. Download our Membership Form (PDF file)
2. Print a copy of the form
3. Mail a completed copy along with your check made payable to:
Suffolk County Historical Society

Suffolk County Historical Society
300 West Main St.
Riverhead, NY 11901-2894

You may also pay by Credit Card via the PayPal Donate button on this page.


Today, more than ever, your financial support is needed to ensure that the Suffolk County Historical Society will continue to flourish and grow. We thank you in advance for considering a gift to the Suffolk County Historical Society as part of your annual charitable giving plan. Please take a moment to consider membership in the Society and to join us in our mission to preserve Suffolk County's rich history and culture. To make a donation, please use the Membership Form or use the PayPal Donate button on this page.

300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

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Wednesday - Saturday - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Open Weds. to Sat., 12:30-4:30 pm.
An appointment is strongly recommended for all researchers and is required on Saturdays.
Call to reserve your research visit:
631-727-2881 x103
Phone: (631) 727-2881
Fax: (631) 727-3467

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