Suffolk County Historical Society: Museum, Library, Art Gallery
Founded in 1886, to collect, preserve, and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, NY, and its people.
The Suffolk County Historical Society was founded in 1886 by a group of forward-looking county residents. Today, over 20,000 historical artifacts are cared for by the museum and library archives. Permanent and changing exhibitions are used to interpret important themes in Suffolk County history. The artifact collections are broad in nature and are particularly strong in the areas of General History, Decorative Arts, Fine and Folk Arts, Costumes and Textiles, and Ethnographic and Natural History artifacts.
With few exceptions, these collections have been built through the generosity of generations of Suffolk County residents, who have seen the value of preserving our material culture – and that tradition continues today. Since the society began collecting during the 19th century, when it was the only historical agency in Suffolk County, its core collections have come from all over the county, and many remarkable and unusual artifacts have been donated.
Since its founding, the purpose of the Suffolk County Historical Society has remained essentially the same: to collect, preserve and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County and its people. To fulfill these purposes the society operates a history museum, a library and archives, and art galleries, and offers educational programs and events. The society houses a unique, ever-growing collection of artifacts, reflecting more than three centuries of history.
The permanent collections were fascinating and informative. The current exhibits AGELESS BEAUTY: ANTIQUE DOLLS EXHIBIT and BLACK HISTORY THROUGH THE EYES OF DOLLS were absolutely incredible. I look forward to going to future exhibits, BRAVO!Jody
Enjoy this video about Diane Alec Smith, the featured artist currently on exhibit in our Gish Gallery! In "Quiet Places of the North Fork," the artist has unveiled an entirely new collection of paintings of North Fork scenes, 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. In our Gish Gallery thru December 22, 2017. Suffolk County Historical Society Museum 300 W. Main St. Riverhead, NY 11901 631-727-2881 www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org Gallery Hours: Weds. - Sat., 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Holiday Closure: Nov. 23 - 25, 2017 https://vimeo.com/243021572?ref=fb-share
Quiet Places of the North Fork by Diane Alec Smith. On display until the end of 2017 in our Gish Gallery. Opening Reception: Nov. 4, 2017. The renowned local artist unveils 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.
Mark your calendar! Our 7th Annual Wooden Wonderland: Holiday Craft Show & Sale will take place on December 2, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Free admission. This family-friendly event will feature dozens of vendors offering local handmade wooden items as well as other local artisans' wares. Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations go on all day indoors in our historic galleries as well as outdoors on our Great Lawn. Holiday arts & crafts, ornaments, home décor, rustic Santas and gnomes, unique handmade carvings and other wooden items, local artisan-crafted gifts, handmade soaps, candles, hats & scarves, and much more (too much to list!). There's something for everyone on your holiday list. Suffolk County Historical Society Museum 300 West Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901 631-727-2881 www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org
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