Summer Hours – Starting June 14, 2022

Summer Hours – Starting June 14, 2022

We’re opening for the summer on June 14, 2022!

Our summer hours will be Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Visit the Archives & Museum at the Sullivan- Sorrento Historical Society this summer and learn about local history. The Society maintains a collection of historical records, photographs, and artifacts. Volunteers will be available to help with your family research.

It’s a big year for the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring our organization’s history.

New volunteers are always welcome.

We’re Hiring! Internship Opportunities

We’re Hiring! Internship Opportunities

Archives Intern, Summer 2022

The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society is seeking an undergraduate or graduate level intern for Summer 2022 to assist with digitization of the historical society’s archives.

Position Description & Responsibilities
The intern will digitize a variety of archival records, photographs, and objects. The intern will work closely with volunteers and the Island Institute Fellow at the historical society. This position is an opportunity to learn about and gain practical experience digitizing historical collections.

  • Catalog and digitize collections using scanners and Past Perfect museum software; we will train as needed.
  • Work directly with historical society staff and volunteers to connect patrons with information.
  • Assist with special projects and programs, events, and exhibits, and contribute material for historical society’s website and social media.

– Current student of a degree-granting institute.
– Interest in public history.
– Able to work independently, take initiatives, and solve problems.
– Basic competency with Windows OS and Microsoft Office Suite.
– High attention to detail.

– Experience working with historical artifacts and records.
– Experience working with digital collections.
– Knowledge of Past Perfect 5 museum software.
– Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
– Knowledge of Sullivan and Sorrento local history. 

Work Schedule
This a part-time position. The contract is for 10-12 weeks. There is some flexibility in work schedule and hours, and we will work out a schedule with a successful candidate.

The intern will receive a $3,000 stipend.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to Raina Sciocchetti at by April 30, 2022. If you will earn credit from your school for this internship, please also include the name and contact information of your faculty coordinator and any requirements your school has for internships.


You can download this job description here.




VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — We are beginning a large effort to renovate the historical society museum. Our first step is to organize and catalog artifacts that have been collected by the Society to preserve town history. We have quarry tools, store ledgers, business signs, glassware and china, household goods, school artifacts, historical costumes and uniforms, framed art and photographs, peanut roasting machine from the Town Office, the old North Sullivan Post Office… and much, much more. If you have any interest in town history, we need your help as we begin to organize and catalog artifacts and create a new floor plan and displays!
If you are interested, please let us know. Share with your friends and neighbors. There is NO experience required or minimum time commitment. Please contact Raina at (707)734-0842 or about volunteering. For information on becoming a member or making a donation, see


P.S. We are also welcoming:
– assistance in the archives with data entry and filing or research
– new board members
– remote volunteers for transcription or indexing projects
– monetary donations to help us to buy supplies or to contribute to a paid intern or position stipend in the future

Archives and Museum Opening July 13! – Summer 2021 Update

Archives and Museum Opening July 13! – Summer 2021 Update

We are pleased to announce that the archives and museum will be re-opening in July for Tuesday afternoons (1-3 p.m.), and we will be hosting the following programs this summer.

Thank you to all who joined us on Zoom these past months. We hosted four History Hour programs with over 140 attendees. You can view the recordings for the first three presentations at


Archives and Museums Opening July 13

The archives and museum will be open on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m., beginning July 13, featuring new exhibits. The archives will be open for research, assistance is available. Please note that you can continue to visit at other times by making an appointment.


Upcoming Programs

Scavenger Hunt for Young Explorers – July 19 – 31, 2021. Calling all young explorers! We have put together a self-guided scavenger hunt of hidden history all around town. Go on the quest to discover the places around us and life in the olden days! Each participant will receive a FREE packet with instructions to find each location as well as coloring pages and other activities. Please sign up to receive a packet by contacting Raina at Packets will be available beginning July 19 at the Historical Society. The hunt will conclude with a celebration and prizes on July 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center playground.

Visit a Working Quarry — July 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Discover the history of local quarrying with a trip to Sullivan’s very own working quarry, Sullivan Granite CO. We will meet at the Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center, then drive to Conrad’s quarry to explore the area, ask questions, and learn about our region’s long history with granite. All ages welcome!

Remembering Margaret – August 2021, date to be determined. Reverend Margaret Henrichsen was a minister of the Sullivan-circuit, a well-loved community member, and author of Seven Steeples, which chronicles her time in Sullivan. We invite you to join us to view her paintings and hear memories of Margaret from those who knew her well. Refreshments will be served.

We will continue to update our calendar online, or follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

Volunteers Needed

Looking to learn more about local history? The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help out in the archives! Available projects include scanning historic photos, filing and data entry, and research. We have a great collection–help us preserve this history and share it with the community! There is no minimum commitment required, and hours can be flexible. Please contact Raina at (email) or 707-734-0842 (call/text).


Thank you for your continued support. Happy summer!


Upcoming Programs – Announcements & Survey

Upcoming Programs – Announcements & Survey

Sunrise on New Year’s Day from Pigeon Hill in Steuben. Did you know there was a silver mine on Pigeon Hill in the 1800s?

Happy new year!

At the Society, we are very excited to be planning some new programs in the coming months. These will be held virtually for the time being and in-person as soon as we are able to do so safely. As we plan and prepare our upcoming schedule, we would very much like your input! 

You can complete our short survey here. Thank you for your time and for your support of SSHS. We hope to see you soon!


If you have any questions or comments, please email or call Gary Edwards, SSHS President at 207-422-0995.

Backyard Archeology Project Uncovers Assortment of Historic Artifacts

Backyard Archeology Project Uncovers Assortment of Historic Artifacts

Seamus Schunk, 10, first spotted something unusual and distinctly metallic protruding from the ground in his backyard in April. He returned with a spade and started to dig, finding an old metal arrowhead. He quickly realized that there was an outline in stones on the ground and explored the whole area.

Over the following weeks, Seamus uncovered an assortment of artifacts, including parts to a cast-iron stove, an oil lamp, ball hitch, and various tools. One day, he used a metal detector, noted where it signaled, and unearthed more treasures! Upon making the discovery, Seamus recalls rushing into the house with excitement; his parents, who had been making dinner, went outside expecting just a couple pieces of rusted metal—but they were quite surprised at the things he had found!

 For Seamus, who homeschools, the archaeology project became a big unit study. He and his parents, Tim and Brandi, worked to identify the artifacts through communication with the historical society and their own research. When Seamus unearthed a nearly intact glass bead necklace, they concentrated on learning more about glass bead necklaces, looking for the time period that they were made and most fashionable. On some items, they found names and inscriptions that led them to businesses to investigate for further context.

 Seamus uncovered the vast majority of the artifacts within one area roughly 6 feet by 8 feet wide, and when he discovered a complete glass inkwell, he had to wonder: why would someone throw that out? If there had been a structure there, the wide selection of tools and various pieces of melted metal and charred wood suggest the possibility of a shed that burned down.

 As Seamus and his parents dove deeper into the history of the place, they added the information that they could find about the property and its prior owners to the puzzle. Documents show that their house was either built in 1830 or 1880, depending on which digit is an error. From their neighbors, they learned that their house may have once been combined with a second house on the foundation of what is now a third house—and an early owner of the parcel may have run the quarry—before the houses split, moved, and settled where they are now.

 For Seamus, the best part of the project is the joy of discovering new pieces. He spent all of his free time digging until fire ants took over the area in full force, and he says that he plans to start again as long as the ants aren’t there come spring. Further research about the property may be able to uncover a more complete picture of the people who lived there centuries before. In the meantime, the story behind the artifacts remains a mystery—and a reminder to keep our eyes open to other stories that may be lurking right under our noses just waiting to be uncovered.


If you are looking to uncover your own pieces of local history, the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society is here to help. We are currently open by appointment only, and you can reach us at (207) 422-0995 or