03/31/19 8:07am
03/31/2019 8:07 AM

The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead is one of the county’s genuine treasures. The holdings of this 133-year-old institution include furnishings, important paintings and other artwork, and its library is a trove of primary-source documents favored by researchers and historians.  READ

04/18/15 12:00pm
04/18/2015 12:00 PM
Suffolk County historian Peter Fox Cohalan (left) dedicates the Suffolk County Historical Society's new gallery to Noel Gish (right) Thursday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

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…)

02/21/15 10:00am
02/21/2015 10:00 AM
The Slaves Burying Ground in Orient. (Suffolk County Historical Society courtesy photo)

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…)