04/03/15 4:58pm
04/03/2015 4:58 PM
Geoffrey Fleming is leaving Southold in May to become the new director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in Huntington, West Virginia. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Geoffrey Fleming is leaving Southold in May to become the new director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in Huntington, West Virginia. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Longtime Southold Historical Society director Geoffrey Fleming is stepping down next month.

Mr. Fleming, who was appointed to the position in 2003, is leaving to become the new director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in Huntington, West Virginia. (more…)

03/18/15 10:00am
03/18/2015 10:00 AM
The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

When fire destroyed First Universalist Church of Southold, the community lost not only a treasured building, but a significant piece of North Fork artwork as well.

Amid the rubble of the church lie the unrecognizable remains of a 12-by-16-foot mural that hung above the altar for nearly 90 years. Painted by noted Peconic artist Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, the mural was last valued at more than $80,000. She donated it to the church Nov. 27, 1926, in memory of her parents.  (more…)

03/09/15 6:00am
03/09/2015 6:00 AM

The application deadline for Southold Historical Society’s Bainbridge Memorial Internship has been extended to March 13. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors who live in Southold Town.

An intern must complete 200 hours of service within historical society committees. A $2,000 stipend will be awarded upon completion. The internship begins in spring 2015 and continues through the fall.

Application forms are available at southoldhistoricalsociety.org. Contact Geoffrey Fleming, 765-8510, with questions.

11/29/14 9:00am
11/29/2014 9:00 AM
Savanna Smith, 9, of Southold decorates the tree in the Bay View Schoolhouse.

Savanna Smith, 9, of Southold decorates the tree in the Bay View Schoolhouse.

The Southold Historical Society held its annual Candlelight Tour and tree lighting on the museum grounds in Southold Friday afternoon.

All museum buildings were open and visitors enjoyed demonstrations, decorations, and live music.  Santa stopped by for a visit and at 5:00 the Christmas tree was lit for the season.

Click through to see photos from Friday night’s event:

Photos by Katharine Schroeder.

Nineteen-month-old Maeve Flatley of Mattituck holds on tightly to the "North Pole."

Nineteen-month-old Maeve Flatley of Mattituck holds on tightly to the “North Pole.”

Museum trustee Joel Reitman.

Museum trustee Joel Reitman.

Matthew Goldberg, 9, and brother Daniel, 3,, of Merrick take a ride on a Christmas tractor.

Matthew Goldberg, 9, and brother Daniel, 3,, of Merrick take a ride on a Christmas tractor.

Three-year-old Evan Ford of Southold tells Santa all his Christmas wishes.

Three-year-old Evan Ford of Southold tells Santa all his Christmas wishes.

10/25/14 1:47pm
10/25/2014 1:47 PM
‘Ladies of the evening’ were rumored to have entertained customers at dance halls like the Worthwhile Lodge in Peconic, seen here in a 1939 photo. (Credit: Courtesy)

‘Ladies of the evening’ were rumored to have entertained customers at dance halls like the Worthwhile Lodge in Peconic, seen here in a 1939 photo. (Credit: Courtesy)

The story of Madam Pamn, born Bessie Kitchens, is just one element of a rarely acknowledged but conspicuous period of local history.

That aspect of our past is now the subject of Southold Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “No Peeking: A History of Prostitution in Southold Town,” on view through Dec. 13 at the Reichert Family Center’s Cosden Price Gallery on Main Road.

Read more about the exhibit at northforker.com.

09/21/14 8:00am
09/21/2014 8:00 AM
Built in 1900 for Joseph and Ella Boldry Hallock, the Ann Currie-Bell House is Southold Historical Society's centerpiece. At left is the museum complex's Pine Neck Barn, a 1700s English-style structure built with hand-hewn beams. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Built in 1900 for Joseph and Ella Boldry Hallock, the Ann Currie-Bell House is Southold Historical Society’s centerpiece. At left is the museum complex’s Pine Neck Barn, a 1700s English-style structure built with hand-hewn beams. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Founded in 1960, the Southold Historical Society owns more than a dozen buildings dating from 1750 to the turn of the 20th century, most of which sit at the intersection of Main Road and Maple Lane. The organization has its headquarters in the 19th-century Henry W. Prince building in downtown Southold and also operates a nautical museum at Horton Point Lighthouse.  (more…)

09/09/14 8:00am
09/09/2014 8:00 AM
(Credit: southoldhistoricalsociety.org)

(Credit: southoldhistoricalsociety.org)

Enough with the baloney.

That could have very well been the title of the Southold Historical Society’s latest nonfiction publication, called A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York.

The 388-page tome is being billed as “the definitive history” of the island off Orient Point.

(more…)

08/23/14 6:00am
08/23/2014 6:00 AM
"S.S. Rendezvous and Race" by Mattituck artist Pat Feiler.

“S.S. Rendezvous and Race” by Mattituck artist Pat Feiler.

• A concert titled ‘Craigslistlieder and Other Love Songs’ will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Poquatuck Hall in Orient.

Pianist Steven Blier will be joined by soprano Chelsea Morris, mezzo soprano Lauren Eberwein, tenor William Goforth and bass Theo Hoffman. (more…)

05/30/14 9:00am
05/30/2014 9:00 AM
The art work of Mac Titmus will be on display at the Southold Historical Society.

The art work of Mac Titmus will be on display at the Southold Historical Society.

“A Passion for Colour,” an exhibit of original art by Mac Titmus and Christopher Alexander, will be on display June 3 to 14 at Southold Historical Society’s Cosden-Price Gallery in the Reichert Family Center on Main Road. A reception will be held Friday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.  (more…)

04/26/14 5:00am
04/26/2014 5:00 AM
'Village Scene by Whitney M. Hubbard. (Credit: Southold Historical Society)

‘Village Scene by Whitney M. Hubbard. (Credit: Southold Historical Society)

Southold Historical Society will host its annual art auction Saturday, April 26, at Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue. A preview will begin at 6 p.m., followed by bidding at 7.

Current local artists whose work will be offered include John Crimmins, Laura Westlake, Dominick DiLorenzo, Jada Rowland, Lee Cleary and Barbara Zegarek. Local artists from the past include Caroline M. Bell, Whitney M. Hubbard, Albert Latham, Otto J. Kurth and Franklin G. Brooks.  (more…)