The Garden City Historical Society
Garden City, Long Island, New York
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Hours: Tuesday through Friday:
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 Awarded Technical Assistance Grant from the Preservation League of NYS

The Garden City Historical Society was recently awarded a $3,000 Technical Assistance Grant from the Preservation League of New York State to be used to offset some of the cost of the Society's preservation architect, Page Ayres Cowley Architects, who is providing guidance in the preservation and restoration work on the exterior of The Garden City Historical Society Museum, at 109 Eleventh Street. The Technical Assistance Grant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. General additional support for this project has been provided by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area..

Historical Society Receives Grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

In July, The Garden City Historical Society was awarded a "Capacity Building" grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Through this generous grant, the Society will be able to enhance its administrative functions and increase its technology equipment. Find out more about the Gardiner Foundation award.

Gardiner Foundation Executive Director Kathryn Curran, second from left, congratulates members of The Garden City Historical Society Board of Trustees, from left, Francine Ryan, President Mary Mahoney, Kate Schmidt and Bill Garry, on the Society's grant award.

Thank you for your Kindness

The Garden City Historical Society thanks all those residents and friends of the Society who participated in the several focus groups conducted in October as part of the Gardiner grant. The information you've share will help the Board of Trustees refine the mission and goals of the Society, and create a framework to help it grow in response to community needs, resources and interests.

Society's Archives Committee Leads Tour of Garden City for Alumni of the Class of 1968

On a delightful September day, members of the Society's Archives and Acquisition Committee lead two tours of the historic central section of Garden City for members of the Garden City High School Class of 1968, who were celebrating their 50th Class Reunion. The bus tours circled around such sites as St. Paul's School, the Cathedral of the Incarnation and the Diocese See House, the Garden City Casino, the LIRR station, the War Memorials, the Garden City Hotel, the buildings on Hilton Avenue that served as Garden City's first stores, the Toll House that now serves as home for  the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, and the headquarters of The Garden City Historical Society Museum. Below is a photograph of members of the Class, as well as, at left, Archive Committee members Brian Pinnola and Gloria Jones, in front of the building that was original the site of Doubleday & Company (Franklin Avenue).

The Garden City Village Board of Trustees has introduced its new concept for St. Paul's School. Please visit the village website for up-to-date information.

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 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:

Spring 2019 Events

Saturday, February 9
Jazz at the Museum, 7PM Cocktails; 8PM Concert
Jazz Concert by Andrew Andron. Visit his website.
Limited Tickets; Only Available in Advance. Buy Now through PayPal.
Sunday, March 10
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Mary O'Dowd

Sunday, April 7
Children's Juried Art Contest, Winners Reception, 1-3PM

Saturday, June 1, 9AM-4PM
Annual A. T. Stewart Flea Market

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 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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