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April exhibits and events at the Suffolk County Historical Society

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The following exhibits are ongoing at the Suffolk County Historical Society located at 300 W. Main Street in Riverhead.

Women Under Covers: Aprons
on view through April 30, 2013

Currier & Ives:
Printmakers to the American People
on view through June 1, 2013

Hidden and Forbidden:
Art and Objects of Intolerance, Depictions of Blacks in America
on view through June 1, 2013

During the month of March the following events will be taking place:

Thursday April 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island”
$5 per person
“Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!” heralded posters throughout Long Island announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America. Six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island roads from 1904-1910. “The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island,” will relive auto racing’s earliest triumphs including the development of the Long Island Motor Parkway- the first road built exclusively for the automobile.
Noted automobile historian and Town Historian for North Hempstead, Howard Kroplick, will present the history of the Vanderbilt Cup Races on Thursday April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Kroplick has extensively researched the races and written two books; The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island and The Long Island Motor Parkway. His presentation will feature photos from the private archives of William K. Vanderbilt , Jr., rare race films and an assortment of “Vanderbilia”.  
For this special event, Howard will also be bringing his 1909 Alco Black Beast racer which won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races. The car was recently featured in the January 2013 issue of Hemmings Classic Car and in the History Channel series “Men Who Built America”

Climb on board! The Suffolk County Historical Society introduces
Structures and Cultures: The Moveable Museum 

This traveling exhibit brings the Suffolk County Historical Society directly to schools and community groups enabling students to study four cultures: the Gabra, the Mongols, the Blackfeet and our local Algonkians.
This anthro­pologic and archeological exhibition presents societies in a way that helps students think about and understand cultural differences and similarities among people. This program will show how the traditions and objects of different communities directly reflect on who we are as a people.  This is an outreach program that serves schools and community groups in Suffolk County bringing hands-on learning experiences on-board the Moveable Museum. The curriculum meets NYS Standards in Geography, World History, Economics, Arts, and ELA, content area curricular materials provided. Visits are scheduled by contacting the Suffolk County Historical Society.