Mineola Historical Society

Mineola Historical Society The Mineola Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of our village.
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The Mineola Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of our village. The Society is a non-profit voluntary association. Organized in 1988 with the avowed purpose of "discovering, collecting, preserving and publishing" matters of local history. We are a repository for many Mineola pictures, books, articles and memorabilia.

Mission: Preserving the history of Mineola, NY.

04/29/2020
Mineola Historical Society

July 2019

First run of News 12 coverage of our continued push for preserving Nassau Tower and the Brick Substation. In 1991 our Society offered to buy the Nassau Tower. It’s also stated that the village and railroad should preserve the Tower in the VOM Master Plan!

Yesterday Members of the society Tom Murtha, Mike Marinak, Tom Redmond and Oyster Bay Railroad Museum secretary Gary F...
10/10/2019

Yesterday Members of the society Tom Murtha, Mike Marinak, Tom Redmond and Oyster Bay Railroad Museum secretary Gary Farkash worked on restoring the Nassau Tower Switch Board by reattaching the original timers the society has had in storage. The society is looking to continue its efforts to  minimize the historical loss at Mineola Station. The Nassau Tower is unfortunately slated to be demolished by the third track project. In prior proposals and stated in the Village of Mineola Master Plan the tower was to be moved and restored.

Open House 1-4pm today!
09/29/2019

Open House 1-4pm today!

09/22/2019

Thank you to everyone that Signed the Petition for Nassau Tower, Brick Substation & South Station House at the Mineola Street Fair today! We reached nearly 100 Signatures 94 to be exact!

Thank you to everyone that shares our posts that made that happen.

If you were unable to make the Street Fair and would like to sign here is how you can.

Monday September 23rd 7pm - 9pm at the Mineola Historical Society Meeting at the Society

Sunday September 29th 1pm - 4pm at the Mineola Historical Society Open House at the Society

Happening Now!
09/22/2019

Happening Now!

09/22/2019
Mineola Historical Society

Position is available to Sign at the Mineola Street Fair. Come find our tent!

First run of News 12 coverage of our continued push for preserving Nassau Tower and the Brick Substation. In 1991 our Society offered to buy the Nassau Tower. It’s also stated that the village and railroad should preserve the Tower in the VOM Master Plan!

Available to Sign today from 10am to 5pm!
09/22/2019

Available to Sign today from 10am to 5pm!

Available to sign tomorrow at the Mineola Street Fair! Come on down and find our tent to sign!

Available to sign tomorrow at the Mineola Street Fair! Come on down and find our tent to sign!
09/21/2019

Available to sign tomorrow at the Mineola Street Fair! Come on down and find our tent to sign!

Mineola American front cover #SaveNassauTower great article by our local paper!
07/31/2019

Mineola American front cover #SaveNassauTower great article by our local paper!

07/29/2019

First run of News 12 coverage of our continued push for preserving Nassau Tower and the Brick Substation. In 1991 our Society offered to buy the Nassau Tower. It’s also stated that the village and railroad should preserve the Tower in the VOM Master Plan!

News 12 Long Island with Society president Tom Murtha on Main Street! Covering the potential loss of Nassau Tower, Brick...
07/29/2019

News 12 Long Island with Society president Tom Murtha on Main Street! Covering the potential loss of Nassau Tower, Brick Substation and the South Station House.

Preservationists eye saving Mineola LIRR buildings
07/25/2019
Preservationists eye saving Mineola LIRR buildings

Preservationists eye saving Mineola LIRR buildings

The Long Island Rail Road plans to demolish three of its older buildings in Mineola as part of the third track expansion project, but the village historical society is trying to convince officials not

Here is the letter we filed with the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project today! We will be taking signatures for a c...
07/17/2019

Here is the letter we filed with the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project today! We will be taking signatures for a community petition that the Project should reconsider the decision to demolish the buildings in the most recent plans. This will be available at the Mineola Street Fair at the Society Tent!

Earlier today members of the Society took a trip on the LIRR from Mineola to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum including Pr...
05/05/2019

Earlier today members of the Society took a trip on the LIRR from Mineola to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum including President Thomas Murtha. Thank you for the tour by OBRM members. We also attended the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society - Long Island Chapter meeting at the station undergoing renovation for the OBRMuseum. In the Museum yard was Caboose 50 that was displayed in Memorial Park for the Village Centennial in 2006 and levers from the Nassau Tower! Here are some photos from today’s trip.

Did you know the old Brick Substation on Main Street was once surrounded by Railroad tracks? Built in 1910 and was attac...
03/22/2019

Did you know the old Brick Substation on Main Street was once surrounded by Railroad tracks? Built in 1910 and was attached to the original Tower by a wooden bridge before the derailment on New Years Eve in 1922. The Hempstead Branch once connected to the Main Line and the Oyster Bay Branch. This location was home to original Station as well!

Mineola Railroad Museum - Proposed
12/31/2018

Mineola Railroad Museum - Proposed

On this day December 31, 1922 a freight train derailed in front of the 1890-era brick "MT" tower at Mineola. The block operator was seated at the chair visible in the upper left-hand corner of the structure. At that time, there was a second floor back door and wooden connecting bridge between the tower and the 2nd floor of the LIRR's electric sub-station behind it. You can make out the doorway and part of the wooden handrails just to the right of the operators chair. The operator ran out the rear tower door and into the LIRR substation, probably saving his life. When the freight car was pulled out of the structure, the tower collapsed. This image was probably shot the next day after the freight car was removed. Either a lineman or the block operator has climbed the telegraph pole between the tower and the Mineola depot to keep communications open. The current tower was built shortly thereafter and placed in service on April 25, 1923, retaining, for the time being, the call letters of "MT." (Joseph Burt photograph) Archive: Art Huneke Info: Dave Keller

From http://www.trainsarefun.com

Merry Christmas!
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas!

Mineola Railroad Museum - Proposed
10/02/2018

Mineola Railroad Museum - Proposed

Weekly Throwback Thursday's provided by the Mineola Historical Society​! "Steam Engine #24 Chugs West past Nassau Tower from the Oyster Bay Branch (June 1955)"!

09/29/2018

Open House Tomorrow!
1pm -4pm See you there!

Come see what we're all about this Sunday!
09/28/2018

Come see what we're all about this Sunday!

Next meeting on April 24th.All Meetings are the last Tuesday of the Month at 7:30pm (except July and August - unless oth...
04/09/2018

Next meeting on April 24th.

All Meetings are the last Tuesday of the Month at 7:30pm (except July and August - unless otherwise posted)

09/12/2016

Reminder: our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30 PM. Hope to see you there!

06/13/2016

Our last monthly meeting until September will be on June 28th at 7:30 at the Historical Society Building.

#flashbackfriday - Exterior Front of White Fortress  on the north side of Old Country Road, west of main St. ca. 1930s
06/26/2015

#flashbackfriday - Exterior Front of White Fortress on the north side of Old Country Road, west of main St. ca. 1930s

In and around Mineola
06/18/2015

In and around Mineola

In and around Mineola

The year was 1939 - Earl and Inez Van Horn, owners of the Mineola Skating Rink are pictured here. The Mineola skating ri...
06/05/2015

The year was 1939 - Earl and Inez Van Horn, owners of the Mineola Skating Rink are pictured here. The Mineola skating rink was open from July 2, 1934 until August. 17, 1960.

05/27/2015

Last night, Susan Sarna from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site gave a detailed presentation regarding the restoration of Theodore Roosevelt's home. It was a fantastic presentation and we had a great turn out for our meeting this month.

We'd like to give provide a huge thank you to Fat Guy Media who graciously loaned us a digital projector for the evening!

Hopefully we'll see more of you at our meeting in June!

05/18/2015

Susan Sarna will join us on 5/26/15 at 7:30pm to discuss rehabilitating the former home of Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. #mineolahistory #mineolany

Presented to the Village of Mineola from France in 1949 through the Good Will Train. This is the corresponding document ...
05/12/2015

Presented to the Village of Mineola from France in 1949 through the Good Will Train. This is the corresponding document regarding the doll.

We're looking for some help.... We've got a little "Who am I?" to play..  Does anyone happen to know who is in photo and...
05/11/2015

We're looking for some help.... We've got a little "Who am I?" to play.. Does anyone happen to know who is in photo and or when it might have been taken? #mineolahistory

This photo postcard shows Front Street in Mineola roughly 100 years ago.
04/21/2015

This photo postcard shows Front Street in Mineola roughly 100 years ago.

Mineola Historical Society
04/21/2015

Mineola Historical Society

Address

211 Westbury Ave
Mineola, NY
11501

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 12:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 12:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 12:30
Thursday 09:30 - 12:30

Telephone

(516) 746-6722

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This is the painting of the Sunrise Special
The Levittown Historical Society will give a presentation at the Mineola Historical Society Meeting this coming Tuesday. President Paul Manton is giving the presentation in Mineola, but I'll be there, too! Can't take the Mineola out of me! November 26th, 7:00 PM.
Researching book on 1919 transcontinental air race, which started from Hazelhurst Field in Mineola. Does anyone know where I can find copies of the Nassau County Gazette, or perhaps other community newspapers that might have covered the event? Thanks
Hello. I'm a former Washington Post reporter now working on a book about the 1919 transcontinental air race, which got underway at Hazelhurst (formerly Roosevelt) Field in Mineola on Oct. 8, 1919. I'm also an amateur pilot, and next month I'll be retracing the route on my two-seat light sport aircraft. I'll be doing research along the way, starting in Mineola. I'm posting here in hopes that someone in your historical society might be able to direct to any good local resources on the history of the airfield and perhaps the race itself. You can read more about the project at www.1919airrace.com, which includes social media links if you care to follow my progress. Thanks in advance for any help! John
Would anyone know where this picture is taken in Mineola? My guess would be Willis and Clinton Avenues.
The intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Roslyn Rd looking north from 1950. On the right side of the older picture is the old Frame Chevrolet building, which years later became Entenmann's. It has since been demolished and the new Walgreen's was constructed there.
I would love it if you posted more photos and history. Do you do walks or tours? In my community the Historical Society does annual tour and monthly talks. I grew up in Mineola. I never knew where or if there was an orginial cemetery. Is there one?
Hi visited the historical society when I was back home a few years ago. Are there any photos of the industry railroad sidings east of the station between 1958-1966? Modeling LIRR Mineola in that era. Have some maps but the LIRR book photos I have, have no good pictures of swift ice, etc.
Mineola fans, come watch, play, and support your Washington Base Ball Club of Mineola at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 1864 rules! The Washington BBC is based on an actual team that played in the late 1850’s and 1860’s.
Hi visited the historical society when I was back home a few years ago. Are there any photos of the industry railroad sidings east of the station between 1958-1966? Modeling LIRR Mineola in that era. Have some maps but the LIRR book photos I have, have no good pictures of swift ice, etc.