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Preserving The Past

This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Sea Cliff Village Museum. Founded in 1979, the museum serves as a place to preserve and publicly display historical items of  past Sea Cliff residents. The museum displays both temporary and permanent collections from the 18th through 20th centuries. Most of the items and artifacts in the museum have been donated by residents of Sea Cliff who want to share them with the rest of the North Shore community. 

 

The layout of the museum is comparable to a house. Each room serves a different function. On the first floor, there is a room allocated to artifacts and photos of the recreational and sporting activities in which Sea Cliff residents partook. On display are photos and trophies from sailing races at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, photos of different North Shore sports teams, and old sporting equipment used by residents. An adjacent room displays vintage women’s dresses—similar to colonial costumes—which reflect the typical attire worn by female residents in the 18th and 19th centuries. Permanent collections and exhibits reside in rooms comprising the second floor. One of the more notable collections is the photographs of Henry Otto Korten, a Sea Cliff resident and famous Long Island postcard photographer. This collection includes 287 glass plate negatives, donated by one of Korten’s two sons, which capture the landscapes of Sea Cliff and the lifestyles of its past residents. The permanent collections also include a traditional Victorian kitchen, children’s toys, and a replica of the Connor Cottage, an old Victorian home. 

 

Carol Griffin, a docent at the museum, commented that the museum is a “compilation of exhibits that have been here over the years… there’s a lot of bits and pieces of different aspects of the residents’ lives.” 

 

In addition to donated artifacts, there are many vintage records from the town. The museum also has an entire book filled with deep historical background regarding the formation of street names and buildings. For example, Carpenter Avenue was named after members of the Carpenter family who were instrumental in developing Sea Cliff. The museum is a place that holds the pieces to the lives of past residents, and educates the present residents about their longstanding history and predecessors.

 

The Sea Cliff Village Museum is is located at 95 Tenth Ave. and is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.seacliffmuseum.com. 


News

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com