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The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum in Riverhead holds about 20,000 objects, and each one tells its own story of Suffolk County and Long Island history.

Though the museum has six permanent exhibits, it is opening two more temporary exhibits for the summer season. They are: “Material, Process, and Form: The furniture of David Ebner” and “Dennis Puleston: Explorer, Naturalist, and Artist.”

The first exhibit displays hand-crafted furniture and other drawings and designs by David Ebner, an artist and craftsman who works in the four modes of classical impressions of furniture, turned objects, sculptural furniture and furniture.


Dennis Puleston was an artist as well as environmentalist. The exhibit will feature 250 of Puleston’s watercolor bird paintings, his journals, awards and photographs. He was a founder of the Environmental Defense Fund and his paintings portraying the destruction of Long Island wildlife due to pesticides convinced courts to ban the use of D.D.T. (the toxic insecticide).

Both displays run from June 28 to September 28. There will be a reception to celebrate the opening of the two exhibits on Friday June 28th from 6 to 8 p.m.

The museum is located at 300 West Main Street in Riverhead. Its new hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Photos courtesy of Suffolk County Historical Society Museum:

Onion-Chest by David Ebner (top) is part of his exhibit “Material, Process, and Form: The furniture of David Ebner.” Photo by Steve and Gil Amiaga

Bird painting by Dennis Puleston (bottom), part of the exhibit “Dennis Puleston: Explorer, Naturalist, and Artist.”