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Images of America: Great Neck

Local authors produce beautiful pictorial history

A wonderful new book, Images of America: Great Neck by local authors Alice Kasten and Leila Mattson, will be on sale in just a few days. On Monday, Aug. 19, this delightful pictorial history of Great Neck, up until the 1950s, will be available for sale.


Great Neck’s own Alice Kasten, president of the Great Neck Historical Society, and Leila Mattson, Thomaston’s historian, wrote the book, which boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. Great Neck began as a farming community and then a vacation spot for New York City residents. Large estates sprang up all over the peninsula and many actors and writers began to call Great Neck home. 


Eventually Great Neck became the suburb of today, but a walk through “old Great Neck” is all yours as you read through Images of America: Great Neck. The book includes some rarely seen vintage photographs and information about the residents of long ago who helped develop the area.


A part of the Images of America series that celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country, the series is published by Arcadia Publishing. Each book in this series is produced to present the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of each community today. The pictures bring history to life and Mattson assured that the information is “accurate as possible.”


Authors Kasten and Mattson began this exciting project last September. Kasten had been approached by Arcadia and Mattson firmly agreed that Great Neck “should have a book.’

Both said the book was “fun” to produce and would be ready for another one. Kasten explained that since this book ends around 1950, she would love to do a second, bringing photos of Great Neck up-to-date, to the 21st century.


Kasten, a science teacher, is a member of the Ephemera Society of American and some of the images in the book come from her vast collection. As president of the Great Neck

Historical Society, she enjoys researching Great Neck’s rich past. Mattson has a continuing interest in history in h and she is on the executive board of the Great Neck Historical Society. 


Mattson worked as a reference librarian at the Great Neck Library for 36 years and for all of those years she had an interest in developing and promoting the library’s Great Neck history collection. This was the source of some of the photographs and much pf the information for this book.


Images of America: Great Neck will be available for sale at area bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, and online retailers such as Amazon, or though Arcadia at 888 313-2665 or online at 


Kasten and Mattson will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Manhasset on Oot. 22 at 2 p.m. and will sign books and speak at the Great Neck Library on Oct. 23.


The list price is $21.95, but the book is discounted at bookstores.