The late 1800s featured a lot of change for the country — president James A. Garfield was assassinated, skyscrapers rose throughout cities, electric lighting became more prominent, the Great Blizzard immobilized the East Coast and Coca-Cola was created during Prohibition. READ
Victoria Berger — a former corporate and non-profit manager with 18 years of experience as well as a historian and curator in her local community in Islip — has been named as the new executive director of the Suffolk County Historical Society. READ
Last September, the Suffolk County Historical Society unveiled the results of a survey conducted among historical societies across the region. The event was called “Looking in the Mirror: Assessing the Future of Historical Societies of Suffolk County.” READ
Paltry budgets. Aging patrons. Inadequate staffing.
Suffolk County historian Peter Fox Cohalan (left) dedicates the Suffolk County Historical Society’s new gallery to Noel Gish (right) Thursday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Less than a year ago, the Suffolk County Historical Society’s east wing was “nothing but a big closet,” said Bob Barauskas, president of the Riverhead organization’s board of trustees.
Not anymore. On Thursday evening, the newly restored former storage room was dedicated as the Noel J. Gish Sr. Gallery during a ceremony attended by nearly 125 people. (more…)
The Slaves Burying Ground in Orient. (Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society)
The North Fork of Long Island probably isn’t a place most people associate with slavery, but it “persisted in Oysterponds until about 1830,” according to a plaque marking the Slaves Burying Ground in Orient. (more…)
Suffolk County Historical Society’s ‘Black History Through the Eyes of Dolls’ will be on display through March 7. (Courtesy photo)
Miniature versions of influential African-American figures like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and President Barack Obama are among the 200 dolls on view through March 7 at Suffolk County Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Black History Through the Eyes of Dolls.” (more…)
As the first snowfall of 2015 fell across the North Fork this morning, the Suffolk County Historical Society dug up this photo of a snowstorm in Southold from 1898. (more…)
Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead is hosting a “Book and Bottle” event on at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6 led by historian Dean Failey.
Mr. Failey is the author of “Long Island Is My Nation: The Decorative Arts & Craftsmen, 1640-1830.”
Wine and cheese will be served. The event is free to members of the historical society. The cost for non-members is $5.
For more information, call 631-727-2881 or visit suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Suffolk County Historical Society executive director Kathy Curran in the organization’s East Wing Gallery Thursday. Workers are moving furniture and artwork into storage while the space is restored. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The Suffolk County Historical Society is one step closer toward giving its East Wing Gallery a makeover. (more…)