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Friday, September  25th, 7 pm

NSHM's MOVIE NIGHT series features:

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Starring Robert Redford,
Mia Farrow & Sam Waterston

Admission $15
$10 for Museum Members

Click here for flyer with complete
film listings and dates

MOVIE NIGHTS are sponsored by the Pistilli Metro Center of Glen Cove


Save the Date!

Saturday, October  3rd

The North Shore Historical Museum will hold its annual Fall Fundraising event at Webb Institute in Glen Cove. Enjoy food, beverages, dessert, music, and presentations in one of the remaining Gold Coast Estate Houses — the former home of Herbert L. Pratt. The Braes, as it was called in its heyday, has been home to Webb Institute, one of the nation’s premier schools of Naval Architecture and Marine Engi-neering, since 1947.



In Memory of
Arthur Finer

A founding Board member of the Museum, Arthur was actively involved in the creation of many of the museum exhibits, most recently the current Civil War exhibit.

A graduate of Cooper Union and a WW II veteran, Arthur and his wife Rhoda moved to Glen Cove in 1956 where he volunteered countless hours to community service. In addition to designing posters, brochures and exhibits for a multitude of organizations, Arthur served as President of the North Country Reform Temple, and as a Board Member/ Trustee of the Glen Cove Arts Council, Long Island Singers Society, Cove Landing Home Owners Association, Glen Cove Senior Citizen Advisory Council, Glen Cove Ethics Commission, Glen Cove Landmarks Commission, and most recently, The Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington.

NSHM's Mock Trial Program

Nassau County Judges Colin O'Donnell, Paul Meli and Timothy S. Driscoll with members of Girl Scout Troop 2507, Cadet Troop 2084 and Cub Scout Den 3 at the June 3rd "Mock Trial" held at the Museum

The NSHM Mock Trial Program is a way for young people to learn about the law and our legal system in a historic local setting. The 90-minute program includes a tour of the Museum and one or two "trials" conducted by the students under the guidance of local judges, volunteering their time.

The trial scripts range from fairy tale fiction to historic events, and can be customized to the groups and the age levels of participants. Mock trials provide first-hand experience in the difficulties faced by attorneys, judges and juries in determining the facts of a case and administering our system of justice.

For further information on the Mock Trial Program, contact the Museum Director, Amy Driscoll at (516) 801-1191, or email Director@NorthShoreHistoricalMuseum.org

The North Shore Historical Museum welcomes its new Director, Amy Dzija Driscoll. Amy is the archivist of the Locust Valley Historical Society and a trustee of the Locust Valley Library and the Locust Valley Cemetery.

Ms. Driscoll received her Masters of Library Science with concentration in Archives from CUNY, where her thesis topic was Small Historical Societies on the North Shore of Long Island and the Question of Collaboration and Consolidation. She is the co-author of Locust Valley, published by Arcadia for the Images of America series, for which she compiled and annotated over 200 original photographs and ephemera covering the geographical area between Glen Cove and Oyster Bay. In addition, she is a lecturer at school, libraries and historical societies on local history.

As Director of the North Shore Historical Museum, Amy looks forward to continuing the strong tradition of historic preservation of the North Shore and coordinating outreach programs to work with local organizations on mutually beneficial projects to further educate the public on local history.

Members can participate in running the Museum by joining one of several committees, and assist in planning or running events, monitoring/maintaining the building and its systems, selling Museum items and souvenirs, or leading tours of the exhibits. If interested in joining any of our committees - Reception, Education, Building & Grounds, Communications, Reception/Membership, Fundraising, Exhibits, Public Outreach - drop us a note or call the Museum to volunteer.

Museum Admission




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. Call or email ahead.


Seats are limited; please RSVP only if you plan to attend the event to Director@NorthShoreHistoricalMuseum.org

Phone (516) 801-1191

Current Exhibit at NSHM

"The Life of the Civil War Soldier"

April 2015 marks 150 years since the end of the American Civil War, with General Robert E. Lee surrendering his Confederate forces to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.

Wars are made by politicians, and then planned and executed by generals, but they are fought for the most part by common soldiers. The Civil War like other wars had its great names: General Ulysses S. Grant, General Philip Sheridan, General William Sherman, General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and General J. E. B. "Jeb" Stuart.

This exhibit focuses not only on great names and great battles but also on the common soldier in both the Union and Confederate armies. The items on display at the Museum are from several local collections, and reflect not only the military part of the common soldier's war experience but also something of what Stephen Crane called "the regular little feller's" daily life during the war.

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


Individual Membership

$25 / year

Household Membership

$40 / year

Corporate Membership

$150 / year

Lifetime Membership


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

2 pm to 6 pm

11 am to 3 pm

Recent Events

Bill Finlayson discusses the experiences of four family members fighting with Union forces during the Civil War
The Toffeys & The Wordens:
A Family Goes to War 1861-1865

-- August 5th --

Footsteps of a Forgotten Soldier,
The Life & Times of David Carll

Presentation and Book-signing by descendants of David Carll, Frank Carl and Denice Evans-Sheppard

-- July 25th --

Co-author Bill Bleyer's presentation and book-signing
Long Island & the Civil War

A book by Harrison Hunt & Bill Bleyer
-- June 24th --

View Clip

The Amazing World of 19th Century Entertainment
from the Civil War to 1900

hosted by Barry Rivadue
-- May 27th --

‘Elsinore’ to Shorecrest: From the First Gold Coast Estate to the Suburban Dream
by Joan Harrison
-- March 25th --

Treasures of the Vanderbilt Races & the Long Island Motor Parkway
by authors Howard Kroplick
and Al Velocci

-- March 4th --

North Shore Historical Museum's 2nd Anniversary Celebration
-- January 31st --

Local Hero:
Sgt Maj Dan Daly, USMC

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

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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Our Corporate Members
DiMascio & Associates, LLP
Garden City
Pistilli Metro Center
Glen Cove

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.

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