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Broadway Tribute at The Garden City Historical Society Museum

As part of the it's music series, the Society hosted a Broadway Tribute in February with selections of favorite tunes, including On the Street Where You Live, If I Loved You, So In Love, I Could Have Danced All Night, among others. Performers from JSB Voice--soprano Jessica Stolte Bender, tenor Bruce Solomon and pianist Fady Deeb--kept the music flowing. The event was sponsored by Coach Realtors and three realtors from the local office, Pat Savella, Liz Breslin and Denise Donlon. Don't miss the next performance: Sounds and Songs of Ireland, with Mary Dowd, on Sunday, March 13. See details on our home page.

10th Annual Children's Juried Art Contest Reception Honored Young Artists

The Spring 2015 contest, "A Tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart," encouraged youngsters to explore Garden City's history and learn more about its founders, Alexander and Cornelia Stewart, and their contributions to the community. At a reception and awards presentation, the Society announced the winning artists. Above, Village Mayor John Watras congratulates two delighted contest winners.

Historical Society's Spring (2015) Capital Campaign Event Sponsors





Presenting Sponsor: Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary's and St. Paul's

A. T. Stewart Sponsor: McKeen Fund, c/o Bessemer Trust

Cornelia Clinch Stewart Sponsors: Christine and Gregory Burke/Lane Office
  Apostle House Sponsors: Kenneth and Joanne Adams, Clancy and Clancy Brokerage Ltd, Tom and MaryJane Poole, Steel Equities LLC, Maureen Traxler and Paul Dellacona, Theresa Trouve and Joseph Caroselli, The Albanese Organization; and Albert Intreglia

Disciple House Sponsors:
Nelson and Sandy DeMille, Mary Jane Caldwell, Elizabeth and Spiros Spirakis, Maureen Clancy, Steven and Antonia Kourepinos, Sydney Adams, Frank and Kris Harder, Gloria Jones, Denise and John Dunne, Jim and Jackie Costello, The Engel Burman Group, and Brian A. Pinnola/NAI Long Island
St. Mary's-St. Paul's Sponsors: The Donnelly Group, Vincent and Judy Cashman, Devonshire Home Design, Joseph and Vicki Ferrara, Bill and Mary Mahoney, Maureen McConnell and Walter Gross,  Garden City Chamber of Commerce,  Diane McGrath/State Farm Insurance AgencyFriends of Ed Ra,  Dr. Laura Schramm and Michael Oleshefsky, Helmut and Mary Schuler, James F. Dooley Associates, Dorothy and David Senft, The Mamos Family/Envie, Bob and Pat Kaliban, Penny and Marty Hinderstein, Smiros & Smiros Architects LLP, Nick and Johanna Rosato, Deborah Hallock Maloney, Roger and Edith Gerber, PBI Payroll/Joe and Valerie Giacinto, Jonis Realty, The Garden City Hotel, and Kate Murray for Town Supervisor

The Srping (2015) Capital Campaign Benefit Honorees are congratulated by Society President and Elected Officials, from left: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Historical Society President Albert Intreglia, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Honorees State Senator Kemp Hannon, Joanne K. Adams, Denise Dunne and Assemblyman Ed Ra.

Joanne Adams and members of the Stewart Fund graced the benefit by becoming its Presenting Sponsor at the $10,000 level. The Gala Benefit raised funds toward the Society's goal of $500,000 for the preservation and restoration of the exterior of The Garden City Historical Society Museum, 109 Eleventh Street, Garden City, NY, and the creation of a Reading Room, adjacent to the Society's Archives on the building's second floor. The Society has over 1,200 artifacts in its Archives. For information regarding the types of antique or historic items that the Society is seeking as donations, or to inquire about items in the Archives, contact the Society at .

Honorary Co-Chair John Tesh, radio and television personality, musician, composer and Garden City High School alumnus, sends greetings and congratulations via video from the West Coast.

Honorary Co-Chair Althea Robinson, Executive Director of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, toasts the event with the Society's celebrity guest and "Live Auction" auctioneer, Mark Twain (a.k.a. Rob Alvey). Rob's witticisms and impersonations of the iconic historical figure brought many laughs to the event.

“The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island”

The setting: The dawn of the 20th century in the Village of Garden City, Nassau County, Long Island. Automobile promoter Willie "K" Vanderbilt launches the Vanderbilt Cup Races to encourage the development of the automobile in America, which lagged behind the advancements in Europe. Automobile Club of America helps initiate the Races. Winner receives a 31-inch, 30-pound Silver Cup trophy designed by Tiffany & Company.

At the Society's presentation, speaker Howard Kroplick narrated his audience through the crazy days of the Races (1904-1910) before they were discontinued on Nassau County local roads, because of the many dangers involved and the deaths and serious injuries to participants and on-lookers.

Mr. Kroplick is a research volunteer at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, and a member of the Vanderbilt Race Cup Centennial Committee and the Long Island Motor Parkway Panel. He is a proud owner of a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H and a Segway. He is CEO/President and owner of The Impact Group, one of the largest independent medical communication companies in the world.

Interesting facts:
bulletThe races started with some 10,000-20,000 spectators, and by 1910, more than half a million people watched the Races, all at a time when Nassau County was home to approximately only 60,000 residents.
bullet1904 also saw the opening of the New York City subway system with a 5-cent fare.
bulletThe 1906 Vanderbilt Cup race was the first race to use the now-popular and distinctive "checkered flag".
bulletTwo local Village haunts for drivers and mechanics were Garden City's Porrier's Garage and the early 20th century Garden City Hotel's well-known garage on Seventh Street.
bulletThe best preserved section of Vanderbilt's post-Race toll road, the Long Island Motor Parkway, lies in Garden City.
bulletThe only remaining Motor Parkway toll house is now the home of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, located on the eastern end of Seventh Street.
bulletThe toll houses were designed by architect John Russell Pope, who designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the New York City Museum of Natural History.

Guest Lecturer Howard Kroplick




Nassau County Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, left, installs Historical Society officers and directors, from left, President Brian Pinnola, Director Dale DeMasco, Secretary Gloria Jones, Nominating Committee Chair Maureen Clancy, and Archive Cataloging Chair Betsy Patterson.



For information on the early Vanderbilt Cup Races, visit



For further information on the Long Island Motor Parkway, visit


“Architecture, Garden City, and Recording Our Past”

Art historian Donald Dwyer presented a slide presentation on residential architecture. The lecture took place in conjunction with the kick off of the Society's Historic Structure Survey, a cataloging of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City.

The Society is seeking the help of owners or occupants of local pre-1935 structures in our effort to compile data and photographs. As we compile this data, the survey results will be posted on this Web site. Have further questions? Contact us at


Professor Don Dwyer

Cradle of Aviation Lecture and Tour

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of manned flight (December 2003), the Garden City Historical Society sponsored a lecture and tour at the Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, Long Island, NY) in November. Our guests heard an informative presentation by Nassau County Historian Ed Smits, who traced the museum's history from its earliest visions in the 1960s to its opening nearly two years ago. He also previewed some of the museum's upcoming projects, including the acquisition and future display of a 50% scale model of the Concord SST. Guests toured the museum's extraordinary exhibits, and took in a show at the IMAX theater.

Above, a museum docent, left, explains the intricacies of flying the early airplanes to our guests.

The Garden City Historical Society presents its lecture series in fulfillment of the educational mandate in its charter, granted by the University of the State of New York in 1975.

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