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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.)