Southold Indian Museum

Southold Indian Museum The Incorporated Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association is a private, non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and study of the culture of the native peoples of Long Island.

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November 1 begins Native American Heritage Month! Celebrate and honor the history of Long Island's Native Americans!
11/02/2021

November 1 begins Native American Heritage Month! Celebrate and honor the history of Long Island's Native Americans!

November 1 begins Native American Heritage Month! Celebrate and honor the history of Long Island's Native Americans!

The Museum will be CLOSED this Sunday, Oct 31, while we install new lighting. Things will look a lot brighter the next t...
10/30/2021

The Museum will be CLOSED this Sunday, Oct 31, while we install new lighting. Things will look a lot brighter the next time we see you!

The Museum will be CLOSED this Sunday, Oct 31, while we install new lighting. Things will look a lot brighter the next time we see you!

Did you know that we stock books about local indigenous peoples' culture and history in our gift shop? Come check out ou...
10/23/2021

Did you know that we stock books about local indigenous peoples' culture and history in our gift shop? Come check out our selection! We are open on Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Get a great deal while supporting the Museum! Come check out our closeout deals on a variety of retired Pendleton Native...
10/16/2021

Get a great deal while supporting the Museum! Come check out our closeout deals on a variety of retired Pendleton Native American themed wool blankets (like this Navajo code talker blanket). Only $100!

Get a great deal while supporting the Museum! Come check out our closeout deals on a variety of retired Pendleton Native American themed wool blankets (like this Navajo code talker blanket). Only $100!

This holiday weekend is a good opportunity to consider different perspectives. The attached poster discusses looking at ...
10/08/2021

This holiday weekend is a good opportunity to consider different perspectives. The attached poster discusses looking at Columbus Day from two points of view.

This holiday weekend is a good opportunity to consider different perspectives. The attached poster discusses looking at Columbus Day from two points of view.

Did you know that renowned North Fork potato farmer Roy Latham educated himself in archaeology? The bulk of his collecti...
10/02/2021

Did you know that renowned North Fork potato farmer Roy Latham educated himself in archaeology? The bulk of his collection is at our Museum. Find out more by viewing this poster!

Did you know that renowned North Fork potato farmer Roy Latham educated himself in archaeology? The bulk of his collection is at our Museum. Find out more by viewing this poster!

Imagine trying to make an axe out of stone....see an example of a stone celt in the middle of the manufacturing process ...
09/25/2021

Imagine trying to make an axe out of stone....see an example of a stone celt in the middle of the manufacturing process in our Smith Site exhibit!

Imagine trying to make an axe out of stone....see an example of a stone celt in the middle of the manufacturing process in our Smith Site exhibit!

From Shelter Island? Visit us on Sunday Sept 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! Sites on Shelter Island show evidence of prolific ...
09/16/2021

From Shelter Island? Visit us on Sunday Sept 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! Sites on Shelter Island show evidence of prolific toolmaking and were occupied at least as early as the Archaic Period.

From Shelter Island? Visit us on Sunday Sept 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! Sites on Shelter Island show evidence of prolific toolmaking and were occupied at least as early as the Archaic Period.

Come check out our new site display drawers! We are open on Sunday Sept 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.
09/11/2021

Come check out our new site display drawers! We are open on Sunday Sept 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Come check out our new site display drawers! We are open on Sunday Sept 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! These photos show a clay disc with carved indents around...
09/03/2021

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! These photos show a clay disc with carved indents around the sides. Thoughts? (Photos courtesy of Ephraim Horowitz)

We look forward to seeing you on Aug 29, 1:30 to 4:30 pm! We thought this local artifact might be an atlatl weight, but ...
08/27/2021

We look forward to seeing you on Aug 29, 1:30 to 4:30 pm! We thought this local artifact might be an atlatl weight, but based on the etched ridges it was suggested it might have been used to spool and store twine. Thoughts?

Due to the predicted storm, the Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, August 22. Stay safe!
08/22/2021

Due to the predicted storm, the Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, August 22. Stay safe!

Due to the predicted storm, the Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, August 22. Stay safe!

We are investigating this beautiful spider web carving on a local artifact. Has anyone out there seen anything similar? ...
08/17/2021

We are investigating this beautiful spider web carving on a local artifact. Has anyone out there seen anything similar? Come visit us on Sunday Aug 22 to see it in person! (Photograph courtesy of Ephraim Horowitz).

We are investigating this beautiful spider web carving on a local artifact. Has anyone out there seen anything similar? Come visit us on Sunday Aug 22 to see it in person! (Photograph courtesy of Ephraim Horowitz).

Calling on the wisdom of crowds! Can you help us identify this local mystery artifact? The curved portion of the stone i...
08/09/2021

Calling on the wisdom of crowds! Can you help us identify this local mystery artifact? The curved portion of the stone is somewhat sharp. We are open to all ideas. Visit us on Sunday, August 15 to see it in person! (Photos courtesy of Ephraim Horowitz).

This local artifact may have been a whetstone used to sharpen blades. Sandstone has been used as a good sharpening surfa...
08/04/2021

This local artifact may have been a whetstone used to sharpen blades. Sandstone has been used as a good sharpening surface around the world. Any other ideas? Come and visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see it in person! (Photos courtesy of Ephraim Horowitz).

We got several requests to see a photo of the other side of the mystery artifact posted below. Here you go, and thanks f...
07/29/2021

We got several requests to see a photo of the other side of the mystery artifact posted below. Here you go, and thanks for all the feedback so far!

We got several requests to see a photo of the other side of the mystery artifact posted below. Here you go, and thanks for all the feedback so far!

We are crowdsourcing for ideas on the function of this large stone artifact from the Harrison Case collection, Long Isla...
07/28/2021

We are crowdsourcing for ideas on the function of this large stone artifact from the Harrison Case collection, Long Island. Flat on one side, curved on the other. Check it out in person on Sunday, Aug 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm!

We are crowdsourcing for ideas on the function of this large stone artifact from the Harrison Case collection, Long Island. Flat on one side, curved on the other. Check it out in person on Sunday, Aug 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm!

Always looking for suggestions from our guests! Visit us this Sunday, July 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to comment on this la...
07/25/2021

Always looking for suggestions from our guests! Visit us this Sunday, July 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to comment on this large local hematite ring. Natural? Carved? You be the judge!

Always looking for suggestions from our guests! Visit us this Sunday, July 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to comment on this large local hematite ring. Natural? Carved? You be the judge!

Noted Brooklyn-born archaeologist Ralph Solecki (1917-2019) studied the contact era Fort Corchaug site (photo shows Sole...
07/16/2021

Noted Brooklyn-born archaeologist Ralph Solecki (1917-2019) studied the contact era Fort Corchaug site (photo shows Solecki working in Iraq). Visit us on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see artifacts from Fort Corchaug!
https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2019/03/archeologist-ralph-solecki-remembered-as-pioneer-of-north-fork-history/

Noted Brooklyn-born archaeologist Ralph Solecki (1917-2019) studied the contact era Fort Corchaug site (photo shows Solecki working in Iraq). Visit us on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see artifacts from Fort Corchaug!
https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2019/03/archeologist-ralph-solecki-remembered-as-pioneer-of-north-fork-history/

Here are four ceramic sherds from sites on Long Island ready to be analyzed at the TES (Tender Energy X-Ray Spectroscopy...
07/08/2021

Here are four ceramic sherds from sites on Long Island ready to be analyzed at the TES (Tender Energy X-Ray Spectroscopy) beamline at the NSLS II. The Museum is collaborating with students from Longwood HS on this project. Visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to check out preliminary data on comparing their chemistry!

Here are four ceramic sherds from sites on Long Island ready to be analyzed at the TES (Tender Energy X-Ray Spectroscopy) beamline at the NSLS II. The Museum is collaborating with students from Longwood HS on this project. Visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to check out preliminary data on comparing their chemistry!

The Museum will be closed on Sunday, July 4. Have a wonderful Independence Day!
07/01/2021

The Museum will be closed on Sunday, July 4. Have a wonderful Independence Day!

The Museum will be closed on Sunday, July 4. Have a wonderful Independence Day!

Visit us this Sunday, June 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! We know that for the Unkechaug and Munsee-Lenape, the turtle was ass...
06/26/2021

Visit us this Sunday, June 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! We know that for the Unkechaug and Munsee-Lenape, the turtle was associated with creation and its image was important in their cultures. Come and share what you know!

Visit us this Sunday, June 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm! We know that for the Unkechaug and Munsee-Lenape, the turtle was associated with creation and its image was important in their cultures. Come and share what you know!

Try this! Use the free Google lens app to identify your mystery artifacts. The app revealed that this carved pumice ston...
06/24/2021

Try this! Use the free Google lens app to identify your mystery artifacts. The app revealed that this carved pumice stone in the Museum collection may be a Mayan thigh-supported spindle whorl. We've been puzzling over this one for a while!

Try this! Use the free Google lens app to identify your mystery artifacts. The app revealed that this carved pumice stone in the Museum collection may be a Mayan thigh-supported spindle whorl. We've been puzzling over this one for a while!

Bring Dad to the museum! We will be open on Sunday, June 20 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Happy Father's Day!
06/19/2021

Bring Dad to the museum! We will be open on Sunday, June 20 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Happy Father's Day!

Bring Dad to the museum! We will be open on Sunday, June 20 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Happy Father's Day!

The atlatl, a throwing spear, was used from the Paleoindian period possibly up until European contact. Come visit us thi...
06/12/2021

The atlatl, a throwing spear, was used from the Paleoindian period possibly up until European contact. Come visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see our collection of local atlatl weights!

The atlatl, a throwing spear, was used from the Paleoindian period possibly up until European contact. Come visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see our collection of local atlatl weights!

Long Island's Native Americans are believed to have dressed similarly to other Northeastern tribes. Constructing clothin...
06/05/2021

Long Island's Native Americans are believed to have dressed similarly to other Northeastern tribes. Constructing clothing from deer pelts required the use of sharp awls, typically made from bone or stone. Visit us on Sunday, June 6 from 1:30 to 4:30 to see our collection of clothes making tools!

Long Island's Native Americans are believed to have dressed similarly to other Northeastern tribes. Constructing clothing from deer pelts required the use of sharp awls, typically made from bone or stone. Visit us on Sunday, June 6 from 1:30 to 4:30 to see our collection of clothes making tools!

Yes! We are open on Sunday May 30 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, and we'd love to see you at the museum. Have a wonderful Memoria...
05/29/2021

Yes! We are open on Sunday May 30 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, and we'd love to see you at the museum. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Yes! We are open on Sunday May 30 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, and we'd love to see you at the museum. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Visit us on Sunday, May 23 to see our extensive collection of Archaic era (3500-1300 B.C.) steatite pots. Scientific evi...
05/22/2021

Visit us on Sunday, May 23 to see our extensive collection of Archaic era (3500-1300 B.C.) steatite pots. Scientific evidence shows that this soapstone was acquired from specific Rhode Island quarries, indicating sophisticated trade patterns across inland waterways between Long Island and Rhode Island.

Visit us on Sunday, May 23 to see our extensive collection of Archaic era (3500-1300 B.C.) steatite pots. Scientific evidence shows that this soapstone was acquired from specific Rhode Island quarries, indicating sophisticated trade patterns across inland waterways between Long Island and Rhode Island.

Dear Friends of the Museum,Our website domain name has changed. It's no longer southoldindianmuseum.org.  Please visit o...
05/16/2021

Dear Friends of the Museum,
Our website domain name has changed. It's no longer southoldindianmuseum.org. Please visit our site at the new location:
southoldindianmuseum.com
Thank you as always for your support!
Southold Indian Museum Board

Dear Friends of the Museum,
Our website domain name has changed. It's no longer southoldindianmuseum.org. Please visit our site at the new location:
southoldindianmuseum.com
Thank you as always for your support!
Southold Indian Museum Board

Have you ever found a seine net weight? Local Algonquins used these side-indented stones to weight the bottom of nets to...
05/15/2021

Have you ever found a seine net weight? Local Algonquins used these side-indented stones to weight the bottom of nets to harvest fish. All that remains of the net now is these stones, although they may also have used deer antlers as net handles. Come see us on Sunday May 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 to learn more!

Have you ever found a seine net weight? Local Algonquins used these side-indented stones to weight the bottom of nets to harvest fish. All that remains of the net now is these stones, although they may also have used deer antlers as net handles. Come see us on Sunday May 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 to learn more!

Check out this fascinating article regarding the Northeastern Algonquin mastery of ocean navigation:https://slate.com/ne...
05/08/2021
The Forgotten Contest Between Colonists and American Indians for Command of the Atlantic

Check out this fascinating article regarding the Northeastern Algonquin mastery of ocean navigation:
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2015/11/thanksgiving-myth-native-americans-werent-passive-and-land-bound-they-were-masters-of-the-atlantic.html?fbclid=IwAR2OqydoJucm1elWG-wXM5aGTTEd7dF6o7x4PyZIgA_aZ3R-Eo--MCeUkWg
Visit us on Sunday May 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 to see artifacts related to local Algonquin use of marine resources!

This article is adapted from The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast.

Southold Indian Museum thanks the community for offering their concerns at the recent Southold Town public hearing regar...
05/06/2021

Southold Indian Museum thanks the community for offering their concerns at the recent Southold Town public hearing regarding possible light pollution from our proposed new parking lot. We are pleased to report that with the guidance of Town planning officials, we have been able to successfully modify the site plans. Our new plans will require no external lighting and will still accomplish our overall goal of providing access to our guests with limited mobility. The Museum has long been a dedicated partner in the community of Southold Town, and we appreciate the constant support over the years from our friends and neighbors.
Sincerely,
Lucinda Hemmick, President
Southold Indian Museum

Southold Indian Museum thanks the community for offering their concerns at the recent Southold Town public hearing regarding possible light pollution from our proposed new parking lot. We are pleased to report that with the guidance of Town planning officials, we have been able to successfully modify the site plans. Our new plans will require no external lighting and will still accomplish our overall goal of providing access to our guests with limited mobility. The Museum has long been a dedicated partner in the community of Southold Town, and we appreciate the constant support over the years from our friends and neighbors.
Sincerely,
Lucinda Hemmick, President
Southold Indian Museum

Like some help identifying your local finds? Come visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30!
05/01/2021

Like some help identifying your local finds? Come visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30!

Like some help identifying your local finds? Come visit us this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30!

Come visit us on Sunday, April 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see our collection of stone gorgets. Gorgets are ornamental ob...
04/24/2021

Come visit us on Sunday, April 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm to see our collection of stone gorgets. Gorgets are ornamental objects and thought to have indicated special status. In contrast to Archaic era stone gorgets found locally, later period shell gorgets found in the Spiro mounds from the Caddo culture in Oklahoma are intricately carved. Early looting at the mounds prompted Oklahoma to become one of the first states to enact site preservation laws.

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1080 Main Bayview Rd
Southold, NY
11971

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

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Mark Sepanski is the President and Founder at THE PEOPLE'S MUSEUM Since December 15th 2000 and President and Founder at HAMMER PICTURES Since March 13th 2017, and Mark is a Re-enactor of The American Revolutionary War 1775 - 1783 and a Re-enactor of The American Civil War 1861 - 1865 Since 1983.
Southold Indian museum is a real gem! I highly recommend this place. They have a fantastic collection of artifacts from all time periods of Indian life on Long Island.the staff is knowlegable and friendly.i collect Indian artifacts my self , and can never get enough of this museum! It stirs the imagination in everyone. This past weekend they had a wonderful event , and demonstrations, good time.
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