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
SCHS PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Spring 1881 Plant Catalogue. (Image from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.) Our library collection includes this Spring 1881 plant catalogue from the Paddock Bro.'s Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, which lists a very wide variety of plants that were available to gardeners of the late nineteenth century. The introduction to the work makes note of the company's attempt to meet the increasing demand for horticultural products by adding to their facility a new, large propagating house and greenhouse, a large tank with iron turbine wind-engine for their water supply, and a new packing house. The product catalogue lists an astonishing 115 different varieties of geraniums, 84 types of old garden roses, and a wide assortment of greenhouse and bedding plants. For $1.00 you could buy 12 beautiful roses, for instance, or 12 geraniums, or a combination of 2 roses, 2 fuchsias, 2 heliotropes, 2 geraniums, 2 cupheas, and 2 carnations. Many other combinations were offered. A collection of 375 plants could be had for $19 including express shipping. The company "made no extra charge" for packing, either by mail or Express, and added extra plants for the "Expressage." To have our librarian's weekly photostory delivered right to your inbox, visit our website for a free subscription: www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org
BOOK & BOTTLE with William Konstant, Back from the Brink: Recovery of the Bald Eagle on Long Island & Beyond. Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00 PM. Members Free; Non-Members $5 Includes wine & cheese, & admission to current exhibits. RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100 The author will share his personal experiences with safeguarding birds of prey on Long Island and across the nation for 40 years. The bald eagle has served as our national bird for more than two centuries, 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 shows that each of us has a role to play in protecting the natural world. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bill Konstant, a native Long Islander from Mastic Beach, has worked for several global conservation organizations, including World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Preservation Trust International, and Conservation International. He currently serves as an advisor to the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. The author of numerous popular articles, book chapters, and scientific publications, his latest writing will appear in "Back from the Brink," a multi-author collection of illustrated success stories of species saved from extinction (due out by Cemix Press later this year). Bill and his wife Nannette currently reside in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. More information: 631-727-2881 or SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org
Hosted by the Suffolk County Historical Society: Artida Cultural Center presents Art, Psychology and Creativity: "Egon Schiele: A Self in Creation," a slide-lecture by Danielle Knafo, Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Free Admission. 300 West Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 Giancarlo Biagi and Jill Burkee, co-founders of Artida Cultural Center in Riverhead, will proudly introduce the first in the series of Art, Psychology and Creativity, a slide-lecture by Dr. Danielle Knafo on the fascinating life and haunting work of fin-de-siècle Austrian Expressionist artist Egon Schiele. The lecture is based on her book of the artist and will demonstrate how Schiele's childhood traumas were both exhibited and mastered in his art. He employed his art not only to express himself but also to create a self. Register at 844-777-4323 or info@ArtidaCulturalCenter.org About the Speaker: Danielle Knafo, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, a prolific author, and a popular speaker. She is also a professor at LIU-Post in its clinical psychology doctoral program. In addition, she is faculty and supervisor at NYU's Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She writes and lectures on many subjects, including creativity, trauma, psychosis, sexuality and gender, and technology. Dr. Knafo maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Great Neck.
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