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Floral Park Historical Society News

Surprise Visitor From Vermont

It was the perfect opportunity to take Don Supancic, who now lives in Burlington, VT, on a tour of Floral Park Museum. Don is one of the society’s most enthusiastic supporters.

Once again he generously donated some interesting historical items for our collection. A copy of a newspaper article “A Village That Grew From Flower Seeds” from 1958 when the village was celebrating its 50th anniversary; two tokens given out by the First National Bank & Trust Company on its 25th anniversary in 1948—the “Good Luck” souvenir has a shamrock and a penny set in the middle; and miscellaneous Boy Scout memorabilia including a handbook and photo of Don in his vintage scout uniform.

In the past, Don has donated items related to the fire department and has been a resource for historical facts and factoids. I think he was very impressed with our small museum, archive and collection in general. He enjoyed the dioramas of Floral Park circa 1900—carefully using the guide book to find the various buildings depicted.

Donations

The Floral Park Women’s Club has donated several items from its archive to the Floral Park Historical Society, including awards and records that date back to 1898.

Dr. Fred Cogan generously donated three metal storage cabinets with drawers that are perfect for storing maps and documents. The archive committee will meet to decide how to best use the cabinets. They are very sturdy and will save the society money because there is less of a need to purchase as many acid free boxes for storage. The late John Murphy, who owned the Childs-Murphy Real Estate Agency, gave the society several old maps of streets and building lots within Floral Park.

Chris Reekie donated a variety of print items related to the local fire department and a light fixture that had been salvaged from the Active Fire House after a fire that had occurred several years ago. It will be on display at the museum. Her late husband, Joe Reekie, donated his time to helping the FPHS with computer and other tech projects and specs for grant applications.

The Life And Times of John Lewis Childs

A 30-minute tape titled Life and Times of John Lewis Childs produced over 10 years ago has been transferred from VHS to disc. Also a short TV story about Floral Park was transferred to disc.

These discs and another produced by the Town of Smithtown-St. James will be shown at the FPHS program/meeting on Sunday, Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The Floral Park Museum will also be open for visitors on that day.

Floral Park Historic Marker

Floral Park will see the installation of another historic marker in Floral Park in Spring 2014, one that will commemorate the Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed Floral Park in 1906. The marker will likely go near Emerson Avenue and Jericho Turnpike. Details will be announced soon.

Special notes for prospective museum-goers:

Visitors are always welcome to the museum. Unfortunately, the elevator is not working and so the museum is not accessible for the disabled. Those who can visit are asked to organize a group of at least five adults/children and call 516-775-6949 to arrange a tour.

(Editor’s note: The information above comes from the Fall 2013 edition of The Floral Park Historical Society’s The Docent’s Digest.)

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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