Exhibits & Events

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

Celebrating the History of Film: 1900s to 1960s

The magic of cinema has been captivating America for over 100 years. Though the origins of early cinema are complex, Suffolk County played a surprising role in the early stages of the silent film industry! This exhibit celebrates the history of film, illustrating its early connections to Suffolk County and our area's charming local theaters, while also outlining cinema history through a showcase of one of the finest private collections of movie posters, programs, heralds, and theater window cards. From silent films to Hollywood legends, sci-fi to Disney animations, Silver Screens of Suffolk offers a fun-filled adventure for all ages! In our Grand Staas Gallery until February 28, 2019.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection

In Our Weathervane Gallery, February 10 - June 16, 2018
The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum has over 25,000 physical objects in its collection, most of them held in storage, sometimes for years, until placed on view for a specific exhibit. We are delighted to offer the first in a new Spotlight Series of exhibits designed to bring some of our wonderful objects out on display for all to enjoy. With over 250 paintings in our collection, this exhibit of selected oil paintings will represent a range of well-known professional artists to amateur artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Chosen for their beauty, quality, and community connection, the SCHS will proudly unveil these paintings that we have the honor of protecting and preserving for generations to come.

Photographs & Tintype Images Celebrating African American and Native American Diversity in 19th-Century Eastville

In Our Gish Gallery March 3 – May 23, 2018
These distinguished tintype portraits were hidden from view for decades, nailed to the floorboards of a Sag Harbor cottage as a flooring material until discovered in 1978. Through the painstaking research and restoration efforts of the Eastville Community Historical Society, these distinguished identities have been brought to life. Presented in partnership with the Eastville Community Historical Society, Collective Identity will be on exhibit in our Gish Gallery March 3 - May 23, 2018.

Teapots of the 19th Century From Our Permanent Collection. An exhibit featuring teapots of the nineteenth century from our permanent collection. The SCHS has over a hundred teapots and is proud to present the finest examples in this exhibit. In our History in the Hall Display Cases April 21 - July 28, 2018.


BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Steve Wick on
Heaven and Earth: The Last Farmers of the North Fork

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 6:00 pm
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will discuss the history of farming families of the North Fork, one of the oldest farming communities in the entire United States. Today, more than 375 years later, the descendants of the same families struggle to preserve the area's legacy of land and hard work. The author will bring to life the unique group of people who've worked the soil since 1640. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese plus admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Jane Alcorn on
Nikola Tesla: Who Was He?

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Tesla Science Center Board President Jane Alcorn will discuss the well-known electrical engineer who was once renowned as a genius inventor, as well as the history of his Wardenclyffe lab in Shoreham. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese plus admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

by local pastel artist Lana Ballot

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Known for her beautiful illumination of light, this art exhibit will feature Ballot's landscapes, seascapes, and depictions of other Long Island places. Free opening day admission + wine & cheese will be served. On exhibit August 4 - September 15, 2018. More information: 631-727-2881 x100.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm
A team of professional genealogists from the Daughters of the American Revolution will give a genealogy presentation promptly at 1:00 pm aimed at assisting those interested in applying for DAR acceptance. The presentation will be followed by personalized, individual and small-group assistance until 3:30 pm. Bring your questions, your family history paperwork, a notebook, and a laptop if you have one. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP Required: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Richard F. Welch on
Long Island and World War I

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Learn how Long Island answered the call to service during the First World War, including the young men who entered the armed forces, the training center at Camp Upton, the factories that built torpedoes, the agricultural industry's contributions, and more! This event includes a book sale & signing for the author's newly published book, Long Island and World War I. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

Holiday Craft Show & Sale!

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Free admission! Our annual family-friendly event will feature local handmade wooden items as well as other local artisans' wares. Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations will go on all day indoors in our historic galleries and outdoors on our Great Lawn. Features include dozens of local vendors, holiday arts & crafts, ornament, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings, handmade soaps and candles, hats and scarves, and much more. There will be something for everyone on your holiday gift list! More info.: 631-727-2881.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring Bruce Kagan on
Mile Markers of the North Fork

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 6:00 pm
Discover the intriguing history of the mile markers that sit on the side of the main roads of the North Fork, and the various stories on how the markers originated. Arrive early to see one of the original mile markers in our Early Suffolk Transport Gallery! Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

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.