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Wednesday, March 4th, 7 pm - Presentation and book-signing by Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci on "The Treasures of the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway".

"Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!" heralded posters throughout Long Island in announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America. From 1904 to 1910, six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island roads. Developed from the imagination of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., great grandson of millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt, these races were the most prestigious and thrilling auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. The races led to significant improvements in American automobiles and the development of the first road built exclusively for the automobile - the Long Island Motor Parkway.

The presentation "Treasures of the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway" by Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci will relive auto racing's earliest triumphs and the development of the Motor Parkway while featuring treasures from their collections including: films, pennants, posters, pins, program guides and trophies. See more on their website.

Please join us for what promises to be a memorable evening for fans of Long Island automotive history.

General Public $10 - Museum Members $5. Light refreshments will be served. Flyer

Wednesday, March 25th, 7 pm - The North Shore Historical Museum proudly presents a lecture and book-signing by Joan Harrison, Professor of Art at Long Island University, C.W. Post

‘Elsinore’ to Shorecrest: From the First Gold Coast Estate to the Suburban Dream

Admission: General Public $10 - Museum Members $5. Light refreshments will be served.


Seats are limited; please RSVP to Museum Director - Director@NorthShoreHistoricalMuseum.org

Phone (516) 801-1191

Current Exhibit at the Museum:

Long Island at Work & Play

Photos from the collection of the Society for the Preservation of
Long Island Antiquities
and objects from the Glen Cove Library's Robert R. Coles L.I. History Room

Photos by Victoria Crosby, Barry Rivadue and Colleen Spinello

North Shore Historical Museum's 2nd Anniversary
Celebrated January 31st 2015

With a well-deserved thank you to NSHM President Brian Mercadante for 15 years of leadership, the Museum welcomed members, friends, supporters and dignitaries to celebrate two years since our opening in January 2013. Board Member Victoria Crosby composed and recited a poem in honor of the Brian's service.
Ode to Brian Mercadante
By Victoria R. Crosby

In 1997 Brian Mercadante had an epiphany,
a brilliant idea, a concept most thrilling.
So he went to the Mayor to ask if he was willing
to allow him to create a museum in the crumbling old courthouse
which was an eye sore, and nobody used it anymore.
Brian was VP of the BID at the time, and he thought that
to demolish the historic courthouse would be a crime.
The building had been neglected and was in a terrible state,
but with Brian’s vision, it was not too late
to preserve and restore to its original glory,
yet how to raise the money was another story.
With members of the BID a board was created.
From New York State a charter was obtained,
now all that remained was the grant writing and fund raising.
How it was accomplished is really quite amazing.
With an evolving board and many fundraising events
under Brian’s leadership there were many accomplishments.
Now after all these years of hard work the museum finally opened
two years ago, and so we say congratulations from all of us
to Brian, our President Emeritus.

Copyright © 2015 Victoria R. Crosby, All Rights Reserved

A special 'thank you' to these Glen Cove sponsors who graciously provided the excellent food for this event:

Atria Glen Cove
The Regency Assisted Living Community
The View Grill

On Permanent Exhibit at the NSHM

Paintings of George Gách (1909-1996)

View from the Benches
YMCA Little League with Polo

Gách in his Roslyn, NY studio

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1909, George Gách studied exclusively with his father, sculptor Stephen Gách until he was 18. He then attended the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest, later becoming an assistant professor there. Recognized as the finest young sculptor in Hungary by age 30, George Gách was selected to sculpt a bust of the Hungarian President. Following service in WWII, George continued to sculpt and paint throughout Europe, the Americas, and the South Pacific region.

He arrived in the United States with his family in 1952 and devoted himself entirely to sculpting, painting and teaching art. The works that comprise the permanent exhibit of George Gách's oil paintings use many recognizable locales on the North Shore of Long Island as their subject.

~from http://georgegach.com

The Museum's October Events Included:

a Showing of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, North by Northwest

NSHM's annual Cocktail Party fundraiser
"Endowing the Future", held at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club


Lattingtown Resident Harry Davison's presentation featuring clips from the
documentary he has developed about his grandfather, F. Trubee Davison's
founding of the 1st Naval Air Reserve during WWI along with his Yale classmates


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NSHM is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Museum Membership entitles members to free admission to the Museum and discounts on NSHM events.

Museum Hours
Wednesdays: 2 pm to 6 pm
Saturdays: 11 am to 3 pm

Museum Members



Adults $5.00

(ages 18 and over)

Seniors $4.00

(ages 65 and over)

Teens $4.00

(ages 13 to 17)

Children FREE

(ages 12 and under)


Group tours available. Phone: (516) 801-1191

Email: Director@NorthShoreHistoricalMuseum.org

 Help Us "Raise the Eagle"



This is your opportunity to help us complete the facade of the 1907 Courthouse. The goal of restoring the Courthouse to its original appearance is nearly complete. A commemorative sponsor plaque may be purchased in your name, the name of your family, or the name of a business or corporation.




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About Us

The North Shore Historical Museum's mission is to preserve the history of the North Shore of Long Island through the stewardship of its collections and historic structure -- the 1907 Justices Courthouse -- to engage the public, and to interpret the history of the North Shore, in particular the area once known as the "Gold Coast", through exhibitions, lectures, and programs. The North Shore Historical Museum has been chartered by the New York State Department of Education to collect and exhibit artifacts and archives of Long Island’s North Shore.

Recent Presentations
Local Hero:
Sgt Maj Dan Daly, USMC

Presentation by
Robert Pemberton, Sr.
-- January 21st --


Dr. MacKay & Museum Director
Lauren Brincat

"Great Yachts of Long Island's
North Shore"

Presentation and booksigning by author Dr. Robert MacKay.
-- October 25th --

Museum Director Lauren Brincat, Harry Davison & Event Coordinator Linda Darby

Harry Davison presents the "Millionaires' Unit"

A documentary about a Pioneering Long Islander and the founding of the first Naval Air Reserve.
-- October 8th --

Alfred Hitchcock's
"North by Northwest"

Showing of the film that was released 55 years ago this year.
-- September 13th --

World War I: Reality
& Disillusionment

Part 2 of Dr. Harris' presentations on WWI
-- September 10th --

World War I: Innocence, Romance & Illusion

A presentation by Dr. Richard Harris commemorating the 100 years since the beginning of "The War to End All Wars"
-- August 27th --

"Over There"

George M. Cohan and the North Shore during World War I. A presentation by videographer Barry Rivadue
-- July 2nd --

Collecting Shakespeare - Henry & Emily Folger
Lecture and book signing by author Stephen H. Grant
-- May 14th --

Gilbert & Sullivan's
"Trial by Jury"
An Operetta in one act
-- April 27th --

Click on the image for a clip

Presentation by author Monica Randall:
"Winter Dreams"
-- February 26th --


Lecture and Booksigning by author Antonia Petrash:
"Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement"
-- February 12th --


The Museum's Lunch & Lecture Series
concluded 2013 with lively presentation by Videographer Barry Rivadue about George M. Cohan:
"Give My Regards to Long Island"
-- October 26th --

The play was presented by EastLine Productions, Ltd. in the courtroom of the North Shore Historical Museum's building to a capacity crowd.
-- September 21st --

Gatsby's Long Island

Monica Randall presented tales of theestates of Long Island that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".
-- July 31st --

Music of the Jazz Age

Professor Dan Yoder traced the roots ofjazz music of the 1920s and its evolution.
-- July 10th --

  • Memories of the Old Courthouse

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