Some of the 19th-century elections would be considered as rough and tumble as our more recent elections. This political cartoon in our collection is a local copy of one by Edward W. Clay entitled Notice to Quit, March 4th 1841.
The image is of the eviction of Martin Van Buren from the White House by his Presidential successor William Henry Harrison. Harrison is perhaps most well-known for spending the shortest amount of time in office. He spent one month as President before dying of pneumonia.
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Are you a current member of Southold Historical Society? We sure hope so. Membership has its benefits. It affords you a 10% discount at the Museum Gift Shop and Horton Point Lighthouse Gift Shop. You receive invitations to special events and exhibitions. Though we had to postpone or cancel some of the 2020 events, we are looking forward to their return in the year ahead.
We realize that for many of you the benefit of membership renewal is knowing that you are supporting the education and preservation of Southold’s rich local history and keeping your local museum alive.  We thank you for sharing the belief that our history is worth saving.


Southold Historical Society Logo Contest

Get your creative juices flowing and be a part of our rebranding campaign! There is a $500 cash prize for the winner. To read the official rules and download the submission form, click the button below!



A Call for Artists for the 10” x 10”

Online Art Exhibition and Sale entitled:

Ten Squared: Summer Solstice

Southold Historical Society is proud to announce the return of Ten Squared, the museum’s online fundraising exhibit and sale. The theme of this summer exhibit is entitled Ten Squared: Summer Solstice. In this non-juried exhibition, artists are invited to submit pieces that are exactly 10” x 10”. Each work will be sold for $100, half of which will benefit Southold Historical Society. The online exhibit and sale will begin on the summer solstice, June 20 and continue through July 31, 2021.
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works which measure 10” x 10” including frame. All mediums are accepted.  Art works should be dry.  Please attach a label to the back of the artwork with Artist Name, Title, and Medium. (As noted: all artwork will be sold for $100.00, half which will benefit Southold Historical Society Museum).
Finished 10” x 10” works are due to the Society by Tuesday, June, 1 2021. Kindly call 631.765.5500 for drop off instructions. Unsold work must be retrieved by August 16, 2021 or will be recycled. Instructions will follow for pick-up of unsold works.
For more information please email info@southoldhistorical.org (attn: art sale) or call 631.765.5500.


For the safety of our staff, volunteers and the community during the COVID-19 crisis, Southold Historical Society locations including the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse, and the Museum Complex remain CLOSED to visitors at this time. Should you need to visit the Society office, please call ahead to schedule an appointment. 631-765-5500.
From all of us at Southold Historical Society, thank you for your continued support.
For any questions, please email info@southoldhistorical.org.
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Online Silent Auction – May 2021
Annual Yard Sale – June 19, 2021
Online Art Sale and Exhibition:
June 20, 2021 – July 31, 2021


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