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Wednesday, May 27th, 7 pm

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

Hosted by Barry Rivadue


Admission $10
$5 for Museum Members


Wednesday, June 24th, 7 pm

Book-signing and presentation by authors Harrison Hunt & Bill Bleyer.

Long Island & the Civil War:
Queens, Nassau & Suffolk During the War Between the States

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Finer, a founding member of the North Shore Historical Museum, and a valued member of the Board. Arthur's creative talents and tireless energies have been a strong force in bringing to fruition our dream of renovating the 1907 Justices Court Building, and of making this the home of our Museum. His continued dedication and boundless enthusiasm directed toward creating the exhibits hosted by the Museum has brought great joy to so many area residents.
The Finer family asked that any donations in Arthur's memory be made to the North Country Reform Temple, or to the North Shore Historical Museum.
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

The Treasures of the Vanderbilt Cup Races and
the Long Island Motor Parkway
On March 4th, friends and members of the Museum were treated to an entertaining and highly-informative presentation by authors Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci about the origins of motoring on Long Island at the dawn of the 20th Century. William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., great-grandson and heir to the railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, and enthralled by the newest form of transportation - the motorcar - established the Vanderbilt Cup Races here on Long Island. The success of the first few races led to the creation of the Long Island Motor Parkway through the farmland of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
The presentation, through photographs, early movie footage and memorabilia (or Vanderbilia) demonstrated the many 'firsts' initiated here on Long Island, possibly a leading reason why the residents of this first suburbia are now and have always been in love with the automobile.

See more on their website.

'Firsts' include among others: the first international automobile race held in the U.S., first use of the checkered flag to denote the winner, first roadway (Motor Parkway) constructed of concrete and featuring banked turns and guardrails.

The Vanderbilt Cup Race also ranks as one of the first sporting events caught on film, when motion pictures were in their infancy. The competition spurred American automobile companies to improve their vehicles, which were no match for the European cars from France, Germany and Italy. The Vanderbilt Cup Races were conducted on L.I. from 1904 to 1910, with the first American entry (built by a locomotive manufacturing company) placing first in 1908. Books on the Cup Races and the L.I. Motor Parkway are available for purchase at the Museum.


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

$15 / year

Household Membership

$25 / year

Corporate Membership

$50 / year

Lifetime Membership


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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

2 pm to 6 pm

11 am to 3 pm

Recent Events
‘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 --


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 --

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.

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