The Garden City Historical Society

The Garden City Historical Society We are a nonprofit museum dedicated to raising awareness about the history of the Village of Garden City in Nassau County, NY. The museum is temporarily closed to protect our volunteers and friends due to covid-19.
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Keep in touch with us online! Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, chartered by the New York State Education Department. It is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era Victorian structure, as well as a gift shop and a consignment shop—the A.T. Stewart Exchange (516-746-8900)—on the lower level of the Museum. The Society’s Archives includes over 1,200 artifacts pertaining to the Village and its immediate surrounding communities. The Society offers periodic lectures and presentations, publishes a newsletter, and maintains an Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City.

Operating as usual

Pre books are in and plant sale tomorrow at 10 AM at 109 11th Street
04/30/2021

Pre books are in and plant sale tomorrow at 10 AM at 109 11th Street

Pre books are in and plant sale tomorrow at 10 AM at 109 11th Street

ART … what does it mean to you? Is it painting, drawing, photographing, filming? Crayons, pencils, oils, acrylics, wide ...
04/28/2021

ART … what does it mean to you? Is it painting, drawing, photographing, filming? Crayons, pencils, oils, acrylics, wide angle, zoom? Georgia O’Keefe loved and created art in many forms. Take a walk outside and look at the beauty that surrounds you this season … and show us what art means to you.

Click below for instructions and entry details for a chance to WIN Garden City K-12.

https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

ART … what does it mean to you? Is it painting, drawing, photographing, filming? Crayons, pencils, oils, acrylics, wide angle, zoom? Georgia O’Keefe loved and created art in many forms. Take a walk outside and look at the beauty that surrounds you this season … and show us what art means to you.

Click below for instructions and entry details for a chance to WIN Garden City K-12.

https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

ART … what does it mean to you? Is it painting, drawing, photographing, filming? Crayons, pencils, oils, acrylics, wide ...
04/27/2021

ART … what does it mean to you? Is it painting, drawing, photographing, filming? Crayons, pencils, oils, acrylics, wide angle, zoom? Georgia O’Keefe loved and created art in many forms. Take a walk outside and look at the beauty that surrounds you this season … and show us what art means to you.
Click below for instructions and entry details for a chance to WIN!
https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

ART … what does it mean to you? Is it painting, drawing, photographing, filming? Crayons, pencils, oils, acrylics, wide angle, zoom? Georgia O’Keefe loved and created art in many forms. Take a walk outside and look at the beauty that surrounds you this season … and show us what art means to you.
Click below for instructions and entry details for a chance to WIN!
https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

SATURDAY 10 AM Plant Sale featuring collections from @bedsandbordersinc curated for The Garden City Historical Society f...
04/26/2021

SATURDAY 10 AM Plant Sale featuring collections from @bedsandbordersinc curated for The Garden City Historical Society for Mom or your garden. Join us to browse at 109 11th Street.

SATURDAY 10 AM Plant Sale featuring collections from @bedsandbordersinc curated for The Garden City Historical Society for Mom or your garden. Join us to browse at 109 11th Street.

Calling all history buffs!  A new article is in from Suzie Alvey!  15-S St. Mary's Tiffany Windowby Suzie AlveyThe photo...
04/22/2021

Calling all history buffs! A new article is in from Suzie Alvey! 15-S St. Mary's Tiffany Window
by Suzie Alvey
The photo is from the Cathedral School of St. Mary's Catalog circa 1984. Only half of the museum quality window is shown, since it sat on the left edge of the catalog page. The stained glass window was entitled Angel of Resurrection, with lavender and pink opalescent glass with a gold-painted eternal flame located in the chapel.
Residents are probably familiar with the beautiful Tiffany window in the chapel at St. Paul's School. What they might not realize is there was an equally beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany window in the Cathedral School of St. Mary's as well.
The window was commissioned by the family of St. Mary's long-time employee, Elizabeth Crawford Dodge (1859-1921). Eben Dodge of Cambridge, Massachusetts was Miss Dodge's brother and Anne Woodruff Dodge Boggs of Paris, France was her sister. Both siblings were wealthy. Elizabeth was 61 years old and passed away on January 4, 1921 while living at St. Mary's when Miss Miriam A. Bytel was Headmistress. (Staff lived on campus with the boarders and have been listed there in census records.)
According to the dedication in St. Mary's Yearbook of 1921, Miss Dodge was lovingly remembered with a funeral service officiated by Bishop Burgess in the second floor chapel where her stained glass window was later displayed. She was "superintendent of all household matters and of all repairs" for twenty years, which was a great responsibility. But her wit and sense of humor made her "a tower of strength and cheer."
The Brooklyn Times Union on June 14, 1923 described the memorial gift to the school as "a Tiffany favrile glass window of Gothic design, with two openings and tracery illustrating the Resurrection has been placed in the chapel of the Cathedral School of St. Mary, Garden City, LI as a memorial to the late Elizabeth Dodge. It will be dedicated on Sunday. The window was designed and made at the Ecclesiastical Department of Tiffany Studios."
Angel of Resurrection is worth a fortune today, easily in the hundreds of thousands.
Before the school was closed and burned down afterward. Reports said this and the other stained glass windows were removed before demolition.

Calling all history buffs! A new article is in from Suzie Alvey! 15-S St. Mary's Tiffany Window
by Suzie Alvey
The photo is from the Cathedral School of St. Mary's Catalog circa 1984. Only half of the museum quality window is shown, since it sat on the left edge of the catalog page. The stained glass window was entitled Angel of Resurrection, with lavender and pink opalescent glass with a gold-painted eternal flame located in the chapel.
Residents are probably familiar with the beautiful Tiffany window in the chapel at St. Paul's School. What they might not realize is there was an equally beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany window in the Cathedral School of St. Mary's as well.
The window was commissioned by the family of St. Mary's long-time employee, Elizabeth Crawford Dodge (1859-1921). Eben Dodge of Cambridge, Massachusetts was Miss Dodge's brother and Anne Woodruff Dodge Boggs of Paris, France was her sister. Both siblings were wealthy. Elizabeth was 61 years old and passed away on January 4, 1921 while living at St. Mary's when Miss Miriam A. Bytel was Headmistress. (Staff lived on campus with the boarders and have been listed there in census records.)
According to the dedication in St. Mary's Yearbook of 1921, Miss Dodge was lovingly remembered with a funeral service officiated by Bishop Burgess in the second floor chapel where her stained glass window was later displayed. She was "superintendent of all household matters and of all repairs" for twenty years, which was a great responsibility. But her wit and sense of humor made her "a tower of strength and cheer."
The Brooklyn Times Union on June 14, 1923 described the memorial gift to the school as "a Tiffany favrile glass window of Gothic design, with two openings and tracery illustrating the Resurrection has been placed in the chapel of the Cathedral School of St. Mary, Garden City, LI as a memorial to the late Elizabeth Dodge. It will be dedicated on Sunday. The window was designed and made at the Ecclesiastical Department of Tiffany Studios."
Angel of Resurrection is worth a fortune today, easily in the hundreds of thousands.
Before the school was closed and burned down afterward. Reports said this and the other stained glass windows were removed before demolition.

DID YOU KNOW … that the painting below entitled “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1” was Georgia O’Keeffe’s most famous work...
04/21/2021

DID YOU KNOW … that the painting below entitled “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1” was Georgia O’Keeffe’s most famous work of art? It hung in the White House during President George Bush’s term in office. The large-scale single blossom became the most expensive painting sold at auction by a female artist. Sotheby’s sold it for $44.4 million (US) in 1994.
Submit your masterpiece anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to WIN the Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Contest! Visit us at TGCHS.org/virtualartshow for details!

DID YOU KNOW … that the painting below entitled “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1” was Georgia O’Keeffe’s most famous work of art? It hung in the White House during President George Bush’s term in office. The large-scale single blossom became the most expensive painting sold at auction by a female artist. Sotheby’s sold it for $44.4 million (US) in 1994.
Submit your masterpiece anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to WIN the Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Contest! Visit us at TGCHS.org/virtualartshow for details!

Visit us at 109 11th Street on May 1st for our Spring Plant Sale featuring the work of @bedsandbordersinc curated carefu...
04/20/2021

Visit us at 109 11th Street on May 1st for our Spring Plant Sale featuring the work of @bedsandbordersinc curated carefully for The Garden City Historical Society. And! If you are seeking inspiration for our virtual art show, browse our collection, stay and paint or take photos as your child emulates Georgia O’Keefe!

Visit us at 109 11th Street on May 1st for our Spring Plant Sale featuring the work of @bedsandbordersinc curated carefully for The Garden City Historical Society. And! If you are seeking inspiration for our virtual art show, browse our collection, stay and paint or take photos as your child emulates Georgia O’Keefe!

It’s Official! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, inspired by the start of the...
04/16/2021

It’s Official! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, inspired by the start of the new season and the works of Georgia O’Keeffe!
To all the Garden City district students, grades K – 12, show us what the Spring means to YOU! Share your creativity … paint, draw, photograph, film what inspires YOU, for a chance to WIN!
We will be awarding 2 winners from each grade – each winner will receive a carefully curated box of art supplies to use for their next masterpiece PLUS a gift card!
Enter anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to win!
Click below for all the entry details!
TGCHS.org/virtualartshow

It’s Official! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, inspired by the start of the new season and the works of Georgia O’Keeffe!
To all the Garden City district students, grades K – 12, show us what the Spring means to YOU! Share your creativity … paint, draw, photograph, film what inspires YOU, for a chance to WIN!
We will be awarding 2 winners from each grade – each winner will receive a carefully curated box of art supplies to use for their next masterpiece PLUS a gift card!
Enter anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to win!
Click below for all the entry details!
TGCHS.org/virtualartshow

IT'S OFFICIAL! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, hosted by the Garden City Hi...
04/15/2021

IT'S OFFICIAL! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, hosted by the Garden City Historical Society and inspired by the start of the new season and the works of Georgia O’Keeffe! 🎨🌺🌸
To all the Garden City district students, grades K – 12, show us what the Spring means to YOU! Share your creativity … paint, draw, photograph, film what inspires YOU, for a chance to WIN!
We will be awarding 2 winners from each grade – each winner will receive a carefully curated box of art supplies to use for their next masterpiece PLUS a gift card!
Enter anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to win!
Click below for all the entry instructions and details! 👇
https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

IT'S OFFICIAL! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, hosted by the Garden City Historical Society and inspired by the start of the new season and the works of Georgia O’Keeffe! 🎨🌺🌸
To all the Garden City district students, grades K – 12, show us what the Spring means to YOU! Share your creativity … paint, draw, photograph, film what inspires YOU, for a chance to WIN!
We will be awarding 2 winners from each grade – each winner will receive a carefully curated box of art supplies to use for their next masterpiece PLUS a gift card!
Enter anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to win!
Click below for all the entry instructions and details! 👇
https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

IT'S OFFICIAL! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, hosted by the Garden City Hi...
04/15/2021

IT'S OFFICIAL! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, hosted by the Garden City Historical Society and inspired by the start of the new season and the works of Georgia O’Keeffe! 🎨🌺🌸
To all the Garden City district students, grades K – 12, show us what the Spring means to YOU! Share your creativity … paint, draw, photograph, film what inspires YOU, for a chance to WIN!
We will be awarding 2 winners from each grade – each winner will receive a carefully curated box of art supplies to use for their next masterpiece PLUS a gift card!
Enter anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to win!
Click below for all the entry instructions and details! 👇
https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

IT'S OFFICIAL! Today is the start of our very first Blooms of Garden City Virtual Art Show, hosted by the Garden City Historical Society and inspired by the start of the new season and the works of Georgia O’Keeffe! 🎨🌺🌸
To all the Garden City district students, grades K – 12, show us what the Spring means to YOU! Share your creativity … paint, draw, photograph, film what inspires YOU, for a chance to WIN!
We will be awarding 2 winners from each grade – each winner will receive a carefully curated box of art supplies to use for their next masterpiece PLUS a gift card!
Enter anytime between now and May 28th for a chance to win!
Click below for all the entry instructions and details! 👇
https://www.thegardencityhistoricalsociety.org/virtualartshow

April 15th launch for our 1st Annual Virtual Art Show.  See our website for details at TGCHS.org/virtualartshow. 2 winne...
04/14/2021

April 15th launch for our 1st Annual Virtual Art Show. See our website for details at TGCHS.org/virtualartshow. 2 winners by grade K-12

April 15th launch for our 1st Annual Virtual Art Show. See our website for details at TGCHS.org/virtualartshow. 2 winners by grade K-12

Save the date!  Pre Mother’s Day Plant Sale and gifting event with a curated collections of annuals, tender perennials, ...
04/11/2021

Save the date! Pre Mother’s Day Plant Sale and gifting event with a curated collections of annuals, tender perennials, gifts for Mom and hydrangeas at 109 11th Street.

Save the date! Pre Mother’s Day Plant Sale and gifting event with a curated collections of annuals, tender perennials, gifts for Mom and hydrangeas at 109 11th Street.

A heartfelt thank you for supporting our pre-book plant sale. We have 65 orders coming in May 1 from @bedsandbordersinc ...
04/10/2021

A heartfelt thank you for supporting our pre-book plant sale. We have 65 orders coming in May 1 from @bedsandbordersinc including hanging baskets, containers and curated collections, our own conservancy for a day! This marks the beginning of our TGCHS horticulture program with our next event to launch on May 1 with additional retail plant sales, accessories and gifts for Mom. More to come (perhaps even a Victorian era community garden someday - dream big, why not?) and thank you all for your ongoing ideas, enthusiasm and support of The Garden City Historical Society. You put the “fun” in fundraising and we are grateful for you! 🌸

A heartfelt thank you for supporting our pre-book plant sale. We have 65 orders coming in May 1 from @bedsandbordersinc including hanging baskets, containers and curated collections, our own conservancy for a day! This marks the beginning of our TGCHS horticulture program with our next event to launch on May 1 with additional retail plant sales, accessories and gifts for Mom. More to come (perhaps even a Victorian era community garden someday - dream big, why not?) and thank you all for your ongoing ideas, enthusiasm and support of The Garden City Historical Society. You put the “fun” in fundraising and we are grateful for you! 🌸

Spring at St. Paul’s and fun with filters.  Last day for our spring pre-book sales for containers, hanging baskets, cura...
04/09/2021

Spring at St. Paul’s and fun with filters. Last day for our spring pre-book sales for containers, hanging baskets, curated boxes [email protected] & Borders. Springprebook.eventbrite.com.

Spring at St. Paul’s and fun with filters. Last day for our spring pre-book sales for containers, hanging baskets, curated boxes [email protected] & Borders. Springprebook.eventbrite.com.

14-S Franklin Avenue Aerialby Suzie AlveyPhoto: Franklin Avenue Aerial from the Village of Garden City Annual Report, 19...
04/09/2021

14-S Franklin Avenue Aerial
by Suzie Alvey
Photo: Franklin Avenue Aerial from the Village of Garden City Annual Report, 1947 featuring old-time stores.
The photo was shot looking to the southeast. Franklin Avenue, the "Fifth Avenue of Long Island," runs from the bottom left on the north to the top right, on the south, on a diagonal. Stewart Avenue with the double rows of trees, starts at the top left and runs past the old Best and Company on the northwest corner (building with pointed roof). The company was the first big name store based in New York City to venture out into Garden City. Best & Company featured clothing for men, women and children. Later, it became Frankel's, a fabric store similar to Joanne's. Now CVS is occupying the site.
Further down Franklin Avenue, in the white rectangular building is Frederick Loeser's, "a favorite of the carriage trade," built in 1937 as a branch of its Brooklyn Store. It became Abraham & Straus department store in 1950, which also had its flagship in Brooklyn. Now it's divided into a multitude of businesses: TD Bank, M&T Bank, Muse Paint Bar and Revel.
Tucked under the trees, across Ninth Street on Franklin Avenue from Loeser's was Franklin Simon, a women's specialty store. Now it's Plymouth Insurance.
On the right hand side of the photo one can see three houses on Ninth Street. The one closest to the parking lot was demolished later to make room for more parking.
Note the lack of storefronts on either side of Franklin towards the bottom left. The current building housing the current Calogero's Restaurant hadn't been built yet. A small apartment was located on Franklin, on the bottom left.
365 Stewart Avenue was already built, as well as the Carlisle House at number 364, located on Stewart at the top of the photo. The Stewart House at 366 Stewart hadn't been built yet.
For old-timers, Lamston's would not be built until two years later in 1949.
Much has changed downtown in the last 74 years.

14-S FranklinAerial1947 Article

14-S Franklin Avenue Aerial
by Suzie Alvey
Photo: Franklin Avenue Aerial from the Village of Garden City Annual Report, 1947 featuring old-time stores.
The photo was shot looking to the southeast. Franklin Avenue, the "Fifth Avenue of Long Island," runs from the bottom left on the north to the top right, on the south, on a diagonal. Stewart Avenue with the double rows of trees, starts at the top left and runs past the old Best and Company on the northwest corner (building with pointed roof). The company was the first big name store based in New York City to venture out into Garden City. Best & Company featured clothing for men, women and children. Later, it became Frankel's, a fabric store similar to Joanne's. Now CVS is occupying the site.
Further down Franklin Avenue, in the white rectangular building is Frederick Loeser's, "a favorite of the carriage trade," built in 1937 as a branch of its Brooklyn Store. It became Abraham & Straus department store in 1950, which also had its flagship in Brooklyn. Now it's divided into a multitude of businesses: TD Bank, M&T Bank, Muse Paint Bar and Revel.
Tucked under the trees, across Ninth Street on Franklin Avenue from Loeser's was Franklin Simon, a women's specialty store. Now it's Plymouth Insurance.
On the right hand side of the photo one can see three houses on Ninth Street. The one closest to the parking lot was demolished later to make room for more parking.
Note the lack of storefronts on either side of Franklin towards the bottom left. The current building housing the current Calogero's Restaurant hadn't been built yet. A small apartment was located on Franklin, on the bottom left.
365 Stewart Avenue was already built, as well as the Carlisle House at number 364, located on Stewart at the top of the photo. The Stewart House at 366 Stewart hadn't been built yet.
For old-timers, Lamston's would not be built until two years later in 1949.
Much has changed downtown in the last 74 years.

14-S FranklinAerial1947 Article

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Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, chartered by the New York State Education Department. It is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era Victorian structure, as well as a gift shop and a consignment shop—the A.T. Stewart Exchange (516-746-8900)—on the lower level of the Museum. The Society’s Archives includes over 1,200 artifacts pertaining to the Village and its immediate surrounding communities. The Society offers periodic lectures and presentations, publishes a newsletter, and maintains an Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. Follow us on instagram @gardencityhistoricalsociety or join us on our website at tgchs.org

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Please join us on April 11, 2021, as we remember and learn. Pre-registration is required. This will be a ZOOM event.
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Come join in on our focus groups and help us define our presence in the community. Sessions are held at the Society on 11th Street, in Garden City. We want to hear from you.
My maiden name is Peggy Jane Wynn. I lived in Garden city from 1928-1947, attended St Mary (in your historical Society building) through tenth grade. my brothers attended St Paul's. I have some photos I p;an on posting and also would like o send some artifacts to your society if you are interested...year books etc. I lived in east Garden City at 77 Brook Street. Very happy years!
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