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
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Centennial Exhibit: 100 Years: Votes for New York Women (1917-2017). 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. On display thru December 2017.
Exhibit Extended to April 29! A TIME PORTAL TO THE NORTH FORK: From Riverhead to Orient Point, featuring photographs by Neil Scholl, Peter Dicke, & Wendy Polhemus-Annibell. In the spirit of Long Island’s rural and maritime past, "A Time Portal to the North Fork: From Riverhead to Orient Point" features 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 photographs on exhibit are available for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Suffolk County Historical Society. This exhibit will run through April 2017. Gallery Hours: Weds. - Sat., 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS Neil Scholl is Professor Emeritus of New York Institute of Technology, where for 20 years he taught photography and graphic design. His work is focused on street and documentary photography and has been widely exhibited at galleries across the island, including Gallery North, Heckscher Museum, Montauk Lighthouse Museum, Water Mill Museum, and the Islip Art Museum. Peter Dicke, an original member of Gallery 338 in Huntington, was introduced to the world of photography by his grandfather and, as a teenager, created his first black-and-white photographs with a Speed Graphic camera. Peter continues to develop his passion for image-making via digital photography, where his focus is on documentary and landscape images. Wendy Polhemus-Annibell is a lifelong photographer and a long-time resident of the town of Southold. For over 25 years she's enjoyed chasing storms and capturing that special North Fork light. Visit our website for our complete event schedule. www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org More info: 631-727-2881 x100. Suffolk County Historical Society Museum 300 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901