10/28/14 6:00am
10/28/2014 6:00 AM

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.

07/18/14 10:00am
07/18/2014 10:00 AM
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)

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…)

06/09/14 8:00am
06/09/2014 8:00 AM
Ellen Glasser, president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (left), speaks about the Benson House as Vicki Jean Johnson, the daughter of one of the WWII agents (center) watches on. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ellen Glasser, president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (left), speaks outside the Benson House as Vicki Jean Johnson, the daughter of one of the WWII agents (center) watches on. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Midway through her speech at the Benson House in Wading River, Suffolk County Historical Society director Kathy Curran became overwhelmed with emotion.

She stopped reading her prepared statements, and looked at the four elderly World War II veterans sitting in the front row, one of whom stormed the beaches at Normandy 70 years ago.

“I’m just so moved,” she said. “To be in the presence of these heroes … it’s just so important that this be recognized, that your service be honored.”  (more…)

03/05/14 7:00am
03/05/2014 7:00 AM
The Suffolk County Historical Society. (File photo by News-Review)

The Suffolk County Historical Society. (File photo by News-Review)

The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead is hosting a Tea and Talk event next Thursday, March 13, at 1 p.m. titled “Amazing Women and How They Gained the Vote.”

Guest speakers include representatives from the American Association of University Women. The group is expected to present PowerPoint slideshow and discuss aspects of the women’s suffragist movement.

Finger sandwiches, tea and sweets served. Tickets cost $15. For more information, call 631-727-2881.

12/11/13 7:00pm
12/11/2013 7:00 PM

FILE PHOTO | The Suffolk County Historical Society will offer stipends to local history organizations. 

The Suffolk County Historical Society announced Wednesday it will begin offering stipends of up to $500 for local history organizations to help finance the cost of future exhibitions, publications and special projects.

Funds for the stipends, which the Suffolk County Historical Society is referring to as “History Alive” grants, are being provided by Heart For Art, a non-profit group that selected the Suffolk County Historical Society to administer History Alive incentives.

The grants will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout 2014, the Suffolk County Historical Society said.

“Local history groups do so much with so little,” said Kathryn Curran, executive director of the Suffolk County Historical Society. “It is wonderful that funds are now available to offset costs and to encourage grassroots history groups to take on the new challenges of engaging in community outreach.”

To apply for a stipend, local history groups must include proof of non-profit status and write a one-page proposal describing a new project and its need for funds. Pictures and represtantative brochures, if available, should also be included.

“We have tried to make the application process as simple as possible,” Ms. Curran said. “We want to hear from the local historical societies.”

Applications can be mailed to:

Kathryn M. Curran
Suffolk County Historical Society
300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

ryoung@timesreview.com

10/19/13 12:00pm
10/19/2013 12:00 PM

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | Andy Warhol’s Souper Dress, courtesy of Woodward Gallery, is paired with a 19th-century dress from the historical society’s permanent collection, at the entry to the exhibit.

The Suffolk County Historical Society opened its new exhibit, ‘Back to the Future: Contemporary Artists Consider the Permanent Collection’ Friday evening.

The show features 11 contemporary painters, sculptors and a photographer, all of whom have created new works for this exhibit. The works utilize themes or materials that echo the older, antique nature of most of the items in the society’s permanent collection. As stated in the society’s newsletter: “the exhibit’s featured work focuses not on copying the past but rather considers history as fluid, something that is constantly in dialogue with the present and future.”

The exhibit was curated by Mary Lou Cohalan with assistance by Martina Camarola.

“Exhibiting the antique pieces from our collection alongside these contemporary works is a thought provoking way to view history,” said executive director Kathy Curran. “It places our objects in another context that brings history to life.”

Funding for the exhibit is provided by Heart for Art and a special grant from the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs to encourage collaborations among nonprofit agencies on Long Island. The exhibit will run through Nov. 23.

The artists in the exhibit are: Cara Barer, Rob Carter, Juddith Condon, Elizabeth Duffy, Katherine Frey, Susan Hoeltzel, Keith Long, Judy Richardson, Donna Sharrett, Karen Shaw and Andy Warhol.