Exhibits & Events

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


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.

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.

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.


ART & BOTTLE with Jeremy Dennis
Indigenous Suffolk County: North & South Forks

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 6:00 pm
An artist's presentation and discussion of the sacred and historical landscape images on display in On This Site in our Gish Gallery. Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis will discuss the project's creation and his goal to create awareness of culturally significant and sacred Native American sites on Long Island. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

BOOK & BOTTLE featuring author William Konstant on
Back from the Brink: Recovery of the Bald Eagle on Long Island and Across the Nation

Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 6:00 pm
The author will share his personal story about safeguarding birds of prey on Long Island. For more than two centuries, the bald eagle has served as our national bird, but in the 1950s their numbers plummeted, along with those of other birds of prey, due to widespread use of environmental poisons such as DDT. Some of the efforts that ultimately halted this threat began in Suffolk County, where local community activism grew into a national campaign on behalf of endangered species and their habitats. The bald eagle's recovery has involved people from all walks of life, and it shows that each of us has a role to play in protecting the natural world. Members Free; Non-Members $5. Includes wine and cheese + admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100.

A singles' mixer night at the museum!

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Enjoy our exhibits while meeting other people with similar interests. Wine + cheese will be served. $10 per person. RSVP required by 9/9/17 to 631-727-2881 x100.

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.

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.

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.