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A.T. Stewart Award Presented to Steinbacks

The Historical Society presented Gene and Bonnie Steinback with its A.T. Stewart Award for the appropriate care of their home at 112 Ninth Street, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Established at the urging of former Society President Brian Pinnnola, right, the award was presented for three years. The winners in each of the categories were:
Residential: Sean and Jane McCooey, former owners of 109 Ninth Street; Neal and Peggy Griffin, 15 Rockaway Avenue; and the Steinbacks.
Non-Residential: 501 Franklin Avenue (former Doubleday building); 57-65 Hilton Avenue (Garden City's first retail building); and 230 Seventh Street (the current headquarters of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, and one of the former toll houses for the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway).

Society Installs Officers and Trustees

With hands raised, from left, President Mary Mahoney, Corresponding Secretary MaryJane Caldwell, Recording Secretary Gloria Jones and Treasurer Maureen Traxler. Missing from photo: Vice President Beth Watras. Oath of Office was administered by Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor Theresa Trouve.

Standing with Village Trustee Trouve are, back row from left, Bill Garry, Jon Segerdahl, Ed Alzner, Maureen McConnell, Pat Savella, Brian Pinnola, Joanne Doherty and Penny Hinderstein. Front, from left, Trouve, Francine Ryan, Albert Intreglia, Kathleen Sweeney and Kate Schmidt. Missing from photo, Terrence Kenny.

Historical Society's Spring (2018) Capital Campaign

The Society offers its deep appreciation to Historical Society Trustee Kate Schmidt and her husband Karl, whose generous donation made possible the purchase of the period weathervane that sits atop the Museum's cupola.

Event Sponsors

Cornelia Clinch Stewart Sponsors: Peter Negri, Jessica Jones

Apostle House: Robert Catell, Tom and MaryJane Poole, Brian Pinnola/NAI Long Island, Maureen and Paul Dellacona, Donnelly Mechanical, John Gering, The Albanse Organization, The LoStritto Family

Disciple House: Mary Jane Caldwell, John and Betsy Lane, Maureen Clancy, Kris and Frank Harder, Engel Burman

St. Mary's/St. Paul's: Maureen McConnell and Walter Gross, Fairchild & Sons Funeral Chapel, Penny and Martin Hinderstein, Mary and William Mahoney, Denise Donlon, Beth and John Watras, Gloria Jones, Albert Intreglia, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Sandy and Carmine Inserra, Walk Street, Frances Sweeney

  Trustee Makrinos Donates St. Paul's Photo

The Garden City Historical Society Board of Trustees was warmly surprised when its members learned that they would be the recipient of a photograph of the St. Paul's School 1903 hockey team. While perusing an online auction site, Village Trustee Stephen Makrinos, a former Trustee Liaison to the Society, spotted, bid on, and won the photograph. He and his wife Angelica presented the photograph to the Trustees for the its Archives collection.

Magical Dinner to Support the Historical Society's Capital Campaign

At the Society's 2017 Gala Benefit, Garden City residents Jessica Jones and Mark McNamara bid on an unusual Silent Auction item...dinner for ten in the beautifully appointed, Victorian setting of The Garden City Historical Society Museum. After much planning with Society trustees, the dream became a reality, with an elegant dinner graciously donated and prepared by PRIME Fine Catering, served on antique Havilland Limoges porcelain, alongside gleaming antique vermeil flatware. Antique Baccarat crystal from the Society's A.T. Stewart Exchange sparkled atop the glittering gold silk tablecloth. The Society paired wines with each course. Dessert included luscious homemade shortbread, cheesecake and hot fudge sauce prepared by Historical Society trustees.


Enjoying the camaraderie of the Spring 2017 Gala are Honorees Former Mayor Nick Episcopia, second from left, and Brian Pinnola, center, with guests from left, Mrs. Kemp Hannon, Dorothy Episcopia, Maureen Soltren, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, and State Assemblyman Ed Ra.

Honoree Vinny Muldoon, owner of Old World Quality Corp., standing third from left, with his guests.

Gala attendees were entertained by George Efthimiou, left, and his talented musicians.

Current Village Trustee Mark Hyer, left, and his wife share a moment with Historical Society Trustee Kris Harder and her husband Frank.

“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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