The Garden City Historical Society
Garden City, Long Island, New York
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10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: noon - 4 p.m.
(516) 746-8900
(Entrance and parking at the rear of the Museum
109 Eleventh Street,
Garden City, New York)

Museum Tours Temporarily Closed. Please come visit us in September. Walk-ins encouraged. Free guided tours of the 1872 historic house and Museum.
PLEASE NOTE: Tours are temporarily suspended during August.

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Museum Association of New York

American Association for State and Local History

Historical Society Annual Meeting, June 14, 2018

The Garden City Historical Society held its annual meeting on Thursday, June 14, at its Museum, located at 109 Eleventh Street, Garden City. The agenda included the installation of two new trustees, Penny Hinderstein and Jon Segerdahl. In addition, the Society presented a plaque to the owners of 112 Ninth Street, winners of the Society's A. T. Stewart Award in the residential category. The award was created to encourage property owners and tenants who construct new or renovate existing residential and non-residential properties to keep them within the historic nature and fabric of A. T. Stewart's vision for Garden City. See more on our "Events" page.

Preserving our Past...For the Future

The Garden City Historical Society thanks all who participated in our 2018 Gala Benefit as a sponsor, cash donor, dinner guest or auction donor, as well as George Efthimiou and his band, and Digital Graphic Imagery, for its in-kind donation.

Please go to our Events Page for further coverage.

The Society thanks our special sponsors, Historical Society Trustee Kate Schmidt and her husband Karl, for their generous donation that made possible the purchase of a period weathervane, which sits atop the cupola of the Museum, and bears the 1872 date when the structure was built. The second photo below shows the new spectacular period copper standing seam roof and copper flashing.

Most Important: if you are not familiar with our capital campaign, please find out what the restoration project is all about:
Scope of Work
Photos of Building Deterioration
First Steps to Restoration: Preservation Architect and Builder

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the capital campaign can do so at any time by sending a check payable to: The Garden City Historical Society, P.O. Box 179, Garden City, New York 11530-0179. All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your generosity.
The Garden City Village Board of Trustees has held two presentations on its new concept for St. Paul's School. Please visit the village website for further information. Residents are encouraged to send their suggestions and/or concerns to the Village Clerk through this "St. Paul's Mailbox" email address.

CSSP and The Garden City Historical Society Presented Alternative to Demolition

The Committee to Save St. Paul's (CSSP) and The Garden City Historical Society presented an alternative proposal ("The Community First") to the demolition of St. Paul's School to the Village Board of Trustees on June 29, 2010. The plan called for preservation and rehabilitation the former boys school and restoration of 10,500 square feet on the main floor and chapel for public use. In an April 27, 2011 public referendum, Garden City residents voted overwhelmingly NOT to support bonds to demolish St. Paul's, 3,290 to 1120. In October 2012, consultants Erwin & Bielinski issued a report rejecting the proposal. In December 2012, the Village Board of Trustees effectively stalled all efforts by passing a motion, by a 5 to 3 vote, not to proceed with the Committee's and Historical Society's proposal. Please stay tuned.

Read news related to referendum:
Huffington Post blog
When We Keep It
View the News 12 Editorial "Fate of a Landmark"  
(April 15, 2011)

Charles Lindberg Returns to the  Historical Society Museum

Carter Granville sculpture, Charles Lindbergh, was moved from the Garden City Public Library back to its original owner, The Garden City Historical Society. The sculpture had been on long-term loan. Charles Lindbergh made the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. He flew from Garden City to Paris in about 33 hours in a Ryan monoplane named the Spirit of St. Louis.
Pictured, left to right, are Village Historians Bill Bellmer and Suzie Alvey, with Society Trustee Bill Garry.

Preservation Report

Interested in knowing where historic sites are in Garden City? The Society's Archives Committee has prepared a flyer, "Garden City Homes (c. 1872-1875) listed in 1978 on the Prestigious National Register of Historic Places."  Authorized by the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service certifies National Register sites as being historically significant to their communities. The Village of Garden City has the largest cluster of National Register historic homes of any community on Long Island.


2018 Children's Juried Art Contest

The theme of The Garden City Historical Society's 2018 Children's Juried Art Contest and Exhibit was "Sports and Activities in Garden City." The 13th annual event was sponsored by Dick Blick Art Materials of Carle Place, Long Island. The event was a huge success with over 260 entries; drawings were submitted in pencil, colored pencils or pen and ink. There is a graphics/media category for High School students, too. The Historical Society thanks the Garden City School District Administration, Principals and art teachers for their encouragement and preparation of the artwork for display.

St. Paul's Preservation Effort

he Garden City Historical Society continues its effort to preserve St. Paul's School. A video, titled "Save St. Paul's Now: Protect Garden City's DNA," has been prepared by The Garden City Historical Society and The Committee to Save St. Paul's. To receive this free DVD, email Society at thegardencityhistoricalsociety@verizon.net and provide your name and address.

The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), Long Island's regional preservation organization, named St. Paul's School to its inaugural list of (2010) Endangered Historic Sites. Read the full list of 2010 Endangered Sites.

Coming Events at the Museum:

Fall 2018 Events

Sunday, September 16, 2PM, Garden City Senior Center, 6 Golf Club Lane
Architect Olive Tjaden: Designing Suburbia in Garden City and Beyond.
Presented by the Nassau County Historical Society and The Garden City Historical Society; the life and times of Olive Tjaden, a prominent female architect of the early 20th Century. Following the presentation, guests are invited next door to The Garden City Historical Society Museum for refreshments and a tour of the 1872 structure.

Sunday, September 23, 3PM, at the Historical Society Museum
The Great American Songbook for a Sunday Afternoon
Cabaret performance by Vicki Mills, with Musical Director Stuart Waters and Trio. $40pp; light refreshments served.

The Garden City Historical Society welcomes you to its official website, and encourages all our visitors to log on frequently to learn about the latest renovations to the Society’s headquarters, the Garden City Historical Society Museum, its 1872 Stewart-era home on Eleventh Street (Garden City, Long Island, New York), or to share your thoughts about the preservation of Village treasures.

Since its beginning in 1975, the Society has been privileged to be the recipient of many volunteer hours given selflessly by devoted individuals who live in the Village of Garden City or who have ties to our lovely community. It is through these volunteer efforts that we present our website to you. Please feel free to browse our pages, find out about our Events and Lectures or review a current report by our House Committee on renovations to our Garden City Historical Society Museum and Exhibit Hall.

While visiting, stop at our Store to purchase a small remembrance of our historic village for a family member or friend, or purchase a commemorative brick to mark an anniversary, a birthday or a milestone – perhaps your move to Garden City or your company’s many years as a corporate community member.

On this site, you can also find information about Membership, which includes a complimentary copy of our Newsletter, Historical Notes.

About Us presents a short history of our organization. We are developing our Artifacts and Donations page, where you will soon be able to review the latest additions to our period collections, as well as a listing of our library collection, which can be viewed, upon request to the Society.  

Please feel free to contact us with your comments, requests or suggestions at thegardencityhistoricalsociety@verizon.net. A Society representative will reply to your comment or inquiry.

Thank your for your interest.

The Garden City Historical Society Museum
109 Eleventh Street, Garden City, New York 11530

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