Exhibits & Events
For full details and to register for any of the Suffolk County Historical Society's upcoming events, please call: (631) 727-2881.
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.
A TIME PORTAL TO THE NORTH FORK: From Riverhead to Orient Point
Photographs by Neil Scholl, Peter Dicke, & Wendy Polhemus-Annibell
Exhibit has been extended to April 2017
In the spirit of Long Island's rural and maritime past, A Time Portal to the North Fork: From Riverhead to Orient Point will feature documentary and fine art photography of the bucolic North Fork by local photographers Neil Scholl, Peter Dicke, and Wendy Polhemus-Annibell in our beautiful Weathervane Gallery. The opening reception includes free admission and light refreshments. The photographs on exhibit will be available for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Suffolk County Historical Society. This exhibit will run through April 2017.
"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 EXHIBIT — OVER HERE, OVER THERE:
Long Island & the Great War
Opening reception Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Commemorating the Centennial of America's Entry into the First World War, our new exhibition will feature 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. Free opening reception admission on Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 pm includes light refreshments. RSVP: 631-727-2881 x100. This exhibit will be on display in our Grand Staas Gallery until January 2018.
KID'S WEEK AT SCHS: A children's museum experience within the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum!
Wednesday, April 12 through Friday, April 14, 2017 – 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
FREE Admission for Children! Adults: $5. All museum signage temporarily re-interpreted for school-age children. Touch-Table Educational Play Stations for hands-on experiences. "The Historical Play Room" - Playtime, the old-fashioned way! Dress in colonial garb, historic role-playing, old-world games, toys, and crafts. Play out life in the past! Scavenger hunt with prizes. Cookies and juice.
BOOK & BOTTLE with Dr. Stephen Sanfilippo on
Songs from the Journals of East End Whalemen
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Eastern Long Islanders from Greenport and Sag Harbor who went a-whalin' during the mid-1800s created a culture of song that helped counteract their isolation at sea and separation from home, using music to express their fears, hopes, longings, and most cherished values. Stephen will perform the whalemen's songs and tell us about their local origins. A native Long Islander and history professor at Maine Marine Academy, Dr. Sanfilippo has long been performing historic songs of the sea, accompanying his singing with banjo, concertina, and guitar. This event includes musical performance + lecture, light refreshments, and admission to current exhibits. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP: 631-727-2881 x100.
OVER HERE, OVER THERE: Long Island & the Great War
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Commemorating the Centennial of America's Entry into the First World War, our new exhibition will feature 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. Free opening reception admission + light refreshments. RSVP: 631-727-2881 x100. This exhibit will be on display in our Grand Staas Gallery until January 2018.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.