Southold Historical Society: Latest News, Events / thru February

Here are the latest news, events, and ways to get involved!
Do you remember our Ice Cream Socials?
Do you have fond memories at our past Ice Cream Social events. Would you like to see the Social take place again? We want to hear from you!
We hope that many of you would like to see it return. And we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help plan and coordinate it.
To share your feedback and/or inquire about bringing back this old time favorite, please call Deanna at 631.765.5500 ext. 2 or email
Upcoming Events
“Quill Your Own Valentine”
Craft Class by Gayle Wagner
Saturday, February 2
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ann Currie-Bell House
55200 Main Rd., Southold
Just in time for Valentine’s Day – join us for our first ever paper quilling class! Gayle Wagner, Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild Member, will be teaching students the art of paper quilling. Students will first learn about the history of quilling before being guided step-by-step making their own festive, heart-shaped project.
❤ Ages 12+
❤ All materials provided
❤ Payment due at time of class
❤ SHS Member tuition $20
❤ Non-member tuition $25
In order to ensure space and proper materials RSVP is required by Wednesday, January 23rd. To RSVP, please call the Society’s office Mon.-Fri. 10am-2pm, 631.765.5500 or email us at
Winter Lecture Series Pt. 2
“Menhaden Fishing on Eastern Long Island”
by Amy Folk
Friday, February 8 at 4:00pm
Peconic Landing
1500 Brecknock Rd., Greenport
From the earliest days of settlement in Southold, menhaden, known locally as “bunker”, have played an important role in the lives of residents. Whether cooked and eaten or spread over and plowed into fields as fertilizer, the fish has been ever present in the daily lived of residents – until recently. 
Amy Folk, who is the Southold Historical Society Manager of Collections, Southold Town Historian, and the Manager of Collections at Oysterponds Historical Society, will talk about the importance of the menhaden industry on the North Fork including its decline.
Above: Menhaden after their capture, 1963. Photograph by Peter Stevens.
Admission is free. RSVP is recommended by calling 631.765.5500.
For more information on this event or any other society programs, please call 631.765.5500 or visit our website
Front Street Station is generously donating 15% of the food bills to Southold Historical Society. We need at least 20 RSVPs to make it happen!
Local Eats for a Local Cause
Sunday, February 10
12:00 – 9:00 pm
212 Front Street, Greenport
Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon or night of good food and atmosphere all while supporting your local museum. Southold Historical Society is proud to be partnering with Front Street Station in this fundraising event. Come for lunch or dinner. It might seem like you are just filling your belly but you will also be helping to maintain all we hold so dear in this beautiful community.
Your Memories & Your Museum
Order by Feb. 1, 2019 to be included in our Spring 2019 dedication ceremony! Which will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 11:00am.
Buy a brick, celebrate your story
— preserve history!
Have you had an opportunity to walk through our Boxwood Garden? It is filled with thoughts and remembrances of so many people who are connected to our community. Families have commemorated the date they have moved to Southold, shared their ties to our founding families, marked a special event in local history (Meigs Raid or a big home run), memorialized a loved one- the list is endless! Each brick becomes a timeless piece of our community’s story for future generations to enjoy and reminisce about.
And did you know that purchasing a brick is a twofold gift? You will benefit and so will Southold Historical Society. Your unique message will become part of history. Plus, you will be supporting the Society so that together we can ensure that our story is preserved and shared.
Calling all Fiber Artists and Needleworkers
Cozy up and get creative during the long winter months and all year round! Our enthusiastic and talented SHS Needleworkers group is always welcoming new faces. If your skills lye in fiber arts then bring your yarn to our brand new Knitting Circle. Or if you’re especially gifted – join both!
For questions or more information, please call 631.765.5500 or email
SHS Needleworkers meet the first and second Wednesday of every month from 10am-12pm.
The new Knitting Circle will meet 1:30 every other Thursday and will kick-off on January 24th.
Both groups meet at the Prince Building located at 54325 Main Rd., Southold. No prior registration is required; just bring your crafting supplies and yourself!
We ask that our crafters kindly refrain from bringing food or beverages (other than water) to meetings, as they are held in our conference room which is overflowing with beautiful artwork and pieces from our collection. The conference room is on the second floor of our Prince Building which is accessible by a stair lift.



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