Exhibits & Events

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


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

On display until September 9, 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.

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.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT — ON THIS SITE-STILL HERE: The Indigenous People of Long Island
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 on Long Island. On display July 15 - Sept. 2017. Free opening reception admission + light refreshments on Saturday, July 15, at 1:00 pm.

MAPPING SUFFOLK COUNTY: A Complementary Ten Towns Exhibit
Exhibit will run to Spring 2017
Featuring an assortment of historic maps of Suffolk County, from the 1700s to the 1900s, in our magnificent Gish Gallery.

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.


GERMAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Locating the Birthplaces of Your German Ancestors with Accredited Genealogist Dr. Richard Haberstroh
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Want to learn more about your family history but don't know where to start? Register for our upcoming Genealogy Workshop and discover how to explore the journey into your family's historic roots. Dr. Haberstroh will focus on how to collect clues to an ancestor's birthplace and access records from German towns, the roots of German names and naming conventions, German script, vital records and church records, and Internet sources for German genealogy. Fee includes workshop, handouts, and museum exhibit admission. Members $15; Non-Members $20. Registration Required. Our genealogy events fill up quickly. Space is limited. Call now to reserve your spot: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE with Noel J. Gish on
Pirates, Raiders, & Rumrunners!

Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 6:00 pm
Long Island's nearness to the ocean, the Sound, the bays, and the estuaries has been both a blessing and a curse. It was the ocean that brought the first European explorers and colonists to our shores, and it was the ocean that brought to Long Island an assortment of pirates, privateers, midnight raiders, and the Prohibition-era rumrunners. This is a story that spans nearly 500 years and continues to this day. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author Kevin Fitzpatrick on
World War I New York and the Centennial of Camp Upton

Thursday, June 22, 2017 – 6:00 pm
The author will discuss his new book on the New York experience during World War I, with a concentration on the opening of Camp Upton in 1917. This event includes a book sale and signing. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Wine and cheese will be served. RSVP Required: 631-727- 2881 x100.

OPENING RECEPTION for On This Site-Still Here: The Indigenous People of Long Island
an art-based photography and research project by Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis

Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 1:00 pm
The exhibit is intended to help preserve and create awareness of culturally significant and sacred Native American sites on Long Island. Free admission. Light refreshments will be served. On display in our Gish Gallery until Sept. 2017.

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.