Exhibits & Events

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

EXHIBITS

ON THIS SITE: The Indigenous People of Suffolk County
in our Gish Gallery

Opening Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 1:00 pm
This art-based photography and research project exhibit by Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis aims to create awareness of and help preserve culturally significant and sacred Native American sites in Suffolk County. On display July 15 - Sept. 30, 2017. Free opening reception admission + light refreshments on Saturday, July 15, at 1:00 pm.

GRUCCI: The Family That Lights the Skies
in our Weathervane Gallery

On display until September 23, 2017
Known as "America's First Family of Fireworks," six generations of the Grucci family have been lighting the skies since 1850. After emigrating from South Italy, the family established their headquarters in Suffolk County and have remained here ever since, as their industry and their art spread around the globe. From world record awards to military contracts, tragedy to triumphs, the Suffolk County Historical Society's special summer exhibit celebrates the history of this Suffolk County family through their private family photographs, industry artifacts, and behind-the-scenes videos. Curated by Victoria Berger.

OVER HERE, OVER THERE:
Long Island & the Great War

Commemorating the Centennial of America's Entry into the First World War, our new exhibition features rare artifacts, maps, photographs, weaponry, posters, and more depicting Long Islanders' experiences during the first World War...from the front lines to the home front, neutrality to belligerence, and mobilization to victory. Curated by Richard F. Welch. Exhibit design by Richard P. Doctorow. Exhibit will be on display in our Grand Staas Gallery until January 2018.

"HISTORY IN THE HALL" WOMEN'S HISTORY EXHIBIT:
100 Years: Votes for New York Women (1917-2017)

On display March 11 through December 2017
When New York State women won the right to vote one hundred years ago—making 2017 the centennial of that historic civil rights victory—their success changed the national political landscape and was a critical tipping point on the road to a constitutional amendment. This exhibit celebrates the centennial by narrating the stories of Long Island women activists who dedicated themselves to the powerful grassroots movement. Curated by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell.


UPCOMING EXHIBITS

RIVERHEAD TOWN 225TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION (1792-2017)
In our Weathervane Gallery
Come celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Riverhead Town at the Suffolk County Historical Society. Photographs, documents, maps, and other artifacts depicting Riverhead's past, from the Collection of the SCHS, will be on display in our Weathervane Gallery in commemoration of the town's journey from 1792 to 2017. On exhibit Oct. - Dec. 2017, with a free opening reception on Saturday, October 14, 1:00 pm.

RIVERHEAD IN LIVING COLOR: Line Drawings of Riverhead's Notable Landmarks
On exhibit October 6 – 28, 2017
This collection of drawings of historic structures shows the diversity and beauty of Riverhead. Highlights include the historic Vail-Levitt Music Hall, the charming Star Confectionery, the grandiose Suffolk Theater, and other sites displayed in exquisitely detailed and masterfully colored works of art. Book designer Jake Rose has a passion for history and small-town America. On exhibit Oct. 6 - Oct. 28, with a free opening reception on Saturday, October 14, 1:00 pm.

QUIET PLACES OF THE NORTH FORK by Diane Alec Smith
On exhibit November 4 – December 22, 2017
The renowned local artist will unveil an entirely new collection of paintings of North Fork scenes. The pieces are representations of creeks, inlets, and wetlands of the North Fork. These early morning, sunset, and moonlit scenes reflect the tranquil beauty of nature found throughout the east end of Long Island. The SCHS proudly presents this collection of acrylic paintings as a rich tribute to the beauty and preservation of our natural environment, as well as a showcase of the extraordinary talents of a lifelong member of our community. Free opening reception admission. Light refreshments will be served. On exhibit in our Gish Gallery Nov. 4 - Dec. 22, 2017, with a free opening reception on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 pm.


EVENTS

TEA & TALK with guest speaker Monica Randall
The Legendary Women of Long Island

Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Join us for an entertaining program on the colorful social women of Long Island's fabled gold coast. Includes assorted teas, finger sandwiches, and sweets! Period dress is encouraged. $20 per person. Advance registration and prepayment required by 9/15/17. Call soon to reserve. Space is limited! RSVP: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Robert G. Giffen on
One Little River: The Story of the Connetquot River and the Southside Sportsmen's Club

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Today the river is part of the nearly 3,500-acre state park, but the author will take us back through the long history of the Connetquot River, from its Native American roots to its use by wealthy gentlemen of the Southside Sportsmen's Club, to the Nicoll family and the five U.S. presidents who visited. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese, book sale and signing, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

OPENING RECEPTION —
RIVERHEAD TOWN 225TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION (1792-2017)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Come celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Riverhead Town at the Suffolk County Historical Society. Photographs, documents, maps, and other artifacts from Riverhead's past from the Collection of the SCHS will be on display in our Weathervane Gallery in commemoration of the town's journey from 1792 to 2017. A complementary exhibit, IN LIVING COLOR: Line Drawings of Riverhead's Notable Landmarks, drawings of historic structures collected by Jake Rose depicting the diversity and beauty of Riverhead, will be on view in our Gish Gallery. Free opening reception admission. Light refreshments will be served.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky on
Historic Crimes of Long Island

Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 6:00 pm
In her new book, award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky uncovers some of the most ghastly historical crimes committed on Long Island - from the tar, feathering, and murder of Charles Kelsey in 1872, to the East Hampton witch trial of 1657, to the kidnapping of Alice Parson in 1937. Join us as the author discusses some of Long Island's most horrific crimes. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, wine + cheese, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Required: 631-727-2881 x100.

OPENING RECEPTION —
QUIET PLACES OF THE NORTH FORK
by Diane Alec Smith

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm
The renowned local artist will unveil an entirely new collection of paintings of North Fork scenes. The pieces are representations of creeks, inlets, and wetlands of the North Fork. These early morning, sunset, and moonlit scenes reflect the tranquil beauty of nature found throughout the east end of Long Island. The SCHS proudly presents this collection of acrylic paintings as a rich tribute to the beauty and preservation of our natural environment, as well as a showcase of the extraordinary talents of a lifelong member of our community. Free opening reception admission. Light refreshments will be served. On exhibit in our Gish Gallery Nov. 4 - Dec. 22, 2017.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Brooke Kroeger on
The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 6:00 pm
For the centennial of New York women getting the vote, author Brooke Kroeger will discuss the untold story of how a group of prominent and influential men in New York came together to help women gain the right to vote. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes book sale and signing, wine + cheese, and admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.



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.