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The Garden City Historical Society Presents The Stewart Fund Scholarship in Memory of St. Mary's and St. Paul's

The Historical Society annually presents the Stewart Fund Scholarship in memory of St. Mary's and St. Paul's to a Garden City High School senior. The criteria for this prestigious award includes placement in the top 10% of the graduating class, demonstration of excellence and enthusiasm in Social Studies, and evidence of quality community serivce. This year, the scholarship was presented to Vedant Trivedi.

Cub Scouts Visit the Society's historic museum building

The scouts of Wolf Den 4, Garden City Cub Pack 7, visited The Garden City Historical Society Museum and provided their assistance at the 12th annual flea market hosted by the volunteers of the A.T. Stewart Exchange consignment shop. The scouts also received an informative tour of the museum, heard about the historical heritage of the village, its architecture and what life was like in Garden City in the late 1800s.

Historical Society's Spring (2017) Capital Campaign Event Sponsors


A.T. Stewart Sponsor: Heavy Duty Construction

Cornelia Clinch Stewart Sponsors: The LoStritto Family, All Sons Electric Corp., Brian A. Pinnola, and Salesforce
  Apostle House Sponsors: The Engel Burman Group, Essex Management, Brian Egan Mechanical, NAI Long Island, Maureen and Paul Dellacona, The Albanese Organization, Joanne K. Adams, Morici & Morici LLP, Keith Hochheiser, John P, Picone and CCNY Construction Inc.

Disciple House Sponsors:
Chris and Babette Williams, Mary Jane Caldwell, Truckin'Construction/Johansen Excavating, Fairfield Properties, Rallye Auto Group, Kate and Karl Schmidt, DKP Wood Railings & Stairs Inc., John and Joan Leondis, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Bayview Avenue LLC (The Ervolino Group), Alm Bespoke Designs Ltd., John and Ellie Brennan, Neiman Marcus Group, JJS Transportation & Distribution Co., 501 Franklin Partners LLC, Col. Aaron Ogden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

St. Mary's-St. Paul's Sponsors: Law Offices of Ardito & Ardito, Clancy and Clancy Brokerage Ltd, Devonshire Home Design, Bill and Mary Mahoney, Maureen McConnell and Walter Gross, Penny and Marty Hinderstein, Joe and Ellen Iamascia, KM Associates of New York Inc., Rex and Judy Wood, Thomas E. Sullivan and Barbara A. Sullivan Foundation, Walk Street, Gloria Jones, Seventh Street Deli and Caterer, Jonis Realty, Astoria Bank, Roger and Edith Gerber, Lawrence F. Orlando, Douglas Kitchens, McMahon, Martine & Gallagher, and Da Vinci Designs
Gala Auction Item Donors: Adelphi Deli & Caterer, America's Vision, Annastasia Beauty Salon, Barnes Gallery/Greg Schnoor, Calogero's Cucina Italiana, Cherry Valley Country Club/Pros Ed Kelly and Miguel Cobbs, Chess Master Instructions courtesy of Paul Ascolese, Coquette, Country Arts and Flowers, Culinary Heights, Douglas Kitchens, EnVie, G. Willikers, Garden City Country Club/Pro John Kuntz, Garden City Wines & Spirits, Green Park Historic Inn (North Carolina), Gross Jewelers, Healthtrax, Hengstenberg's Florist, Hick's Nursery, Joan Hildreth O'Keeffe/Baubles Bangles and Bags, Jonathan's Restaurant, Katy Garry, Kidville, Kiehl's Since 1851, La Nonna Bella, Matty's Toy Stop, My Three Sons Bagel Cafe, Neiman Marcus, Nelson De Mille, Neptune Photo, the New York Yankees courtesy of William Probasco, Noel Darvie, Novita/Waterzooi, Orchid Restaurant, Paul's Nursery, Pear Tree, Portledge School Summer Camp courtesy of Albert Intreglia, Prime Fine Catering, Revel Restaurant, Author Rosemary Neri Villanella, Salon di Capelli, Suzie Alvey Professional Photography, The Jaeger Family, The Pink Island, The Red Door/Elizabeth Arden, The Ruggery, V Spa's Nail, Villa Wines & Spirits, West End Cafe and Bar, Westminster Nursery & Garden Center

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.



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“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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