Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00
It was a historical night in New Hyde Park as the New Hyde Park Museum recently held its official grand opening on the second floor of Village Hall in the William Gill Theatre. The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. to let the public view various pictures, memorabilia and items dating back to the late 1800s.
“It has been several years in the making to get this Museum up and running,” said New Hyde Park Historical Society and Museum President Carol Nowakowski, who has been a resident of the Village since 1962. “A lot of people worked very hard to get this going and I am very proud of this museum.”
New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro, Trustee Donald Barbieri and other local figures, including Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello and County Comptroller George Maragos were in attendance.
“The mission is to give present and future generations a sense and knowledge of the history of this great village, which dates back to the 1860s,” said museum board member Greg Spano.
He said the Village of New Hyde Park was officially incorporated in August 1927, and on Sept. 5, 1927, the first election for mayor and four trustees was held.
Those elected were Mayor J. Nicholas Krug and trustees Benedict Hauck, J-William Hoffman, Herman Baer and Harry Bishop. The first meeting of the New Hyde Park Village Board was held in the Fire Hall on Millers Lane, which is now the Bethany Bible Church, on
Sept. 19, 1927.
“We are delighted in the progress that was made to bring all of this history and material to the Village of New Hyde Park,” Lofaro said.
Donald Barbieri, a lifelong resident of New Hyde Park who has been a trustee of the Village since 2001, said that he thinks the museum is a wonderful idea and is looking forward to the events they stage.
“It will teach our residents what it was like to live in New Hyde Park in the 20th century,” said Barbieri.
Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello, who helped secure a $17,000 state grant for the creation of the museum.
“It’s great that people put this together to make sure these valuable items from our past aren’t lost.”