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Upcoming Events: Spring Exhibit "Hobbling Through Southold" - March 21 - May 2 * Honest Abe Fundraiser - April 11 * April Showers Dinner - April 16 * The Society's offices are currently open M - F, 9 - 4pm

The Southold Historical Society is one of the leading cultural institutions located on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.  Founded in 1960, the Society is dedicated to preserving and presenting the rich history of our region.  To do this, the Society maintains a headquarters and archive, as well as a number of historically significant buildings which exhibit some of the Society's vast collections.  For more information on upcoming events and programs watch this page or click on one of the links at the left-hand side of your screen.  Enjoy!

Everybody lines up for good food at the 2015 Pot Luck!

3/26/2015 - April Showers Dinner set for April16!

3/05/2015 - Honest Abe Fundraiser set for April 11!

2/24/2015 - Spring Exhibit to Open in March!

1/13/2015 - 2015 Society Events Posted!

9/11/2014 - Whaling Artifacts Return to the North Fork!

9/04/2014 - Book on Plum Island History Published!

3/13/2014 - Society Book Wins Award!

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 Murder on Long Island:
A 19th Century Tale of Tragedy Revenge

Herman N. Hyneman: A Jewish Artist Rediscovered - NEW!

A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island,
New York
- NEW!

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Click HERE for ways YOU can Volunteer at the Society!

Click HERE for information on the camp PINECREST DUNES!

Our Mission

The Southold Historical Society was founded in 1960 to "promote interest in and education about the history of Southold and to bring together those persons who desire to discover, acquire, preserve, maintain, and exhibit historic sites, buildings, and relics."

The Henry W. Prince Building
Houses the Maureen Ostermann Administrative Center,
Archives, Museum Gift Shop, and the Treasure Exchange

Organizational History

In 1940 Southold celebrated its 300th Anniversary.  During the decade that followed an urge to create an organization to preserve and record that history began to take hold.  By the mid 1950's the Historical Committee of the Southold-Peconic Civic Association was beginning the work that the Society would eventually take over.

In February of 1960 the Association met and voted to make the Historical Committee a separate entity.  The Southold Historical Society was presented with its provisional charter in April of 1960 and Mrs. Ann Hallock Currie-Bell (1897-1964) was elected as the first President.  The Society received its permanent charter from the University of the State of New York in 1965.

Contact Information

The Society is easy to reach either by phone, fax, or email.  Our Headquarters and Office is located on the north side of Main Street directly across from Rothman's Department Store in Southold.  The office is open M-F, 9am-4pm, or by appointment.  The Archives are open on Tuesdays, 9-3 and by appointment.

Telephone Numbers
Museum Complex  631-765-5500
Horton Point Lighthouse  631-765-5500
Society Office  631-765-5500
        Treasure Exchange  631-765-1550
Reichert Family Center Gallery  631-765-8821
Physical Address (Society Office, UPS/FEDEX Deliveries)
54325 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971
Postal Address
P.O. Box 1, Southold, NY 11971
Electronic Mail
General Information: Email the Office
Webmaster: Email the Webmaster
Research Queries:  Email the Research Assistant
Collections Queries:  Email the Collections Manager

Southold Historical Society

P.O. Box 1, Southold, NY 11971  /  631-765-5500 / Fax  631-765-8510    

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