Gold Coast Memories

Gold Coast Memories
is dedicated to collecting and preserving our community’s heritage and making it available to the public online. Our growing collection of digitized postcards photographs, documents and artwork is available for viewing on this website and as part of the Long Island Memories project.


Items of historical interest are also being added to  pinterest1  and flickr logo 2013d.

In 2010, the Gold Coast Public Library joined Long Island Memories, the digitization initiative sponsored by the Long Island Libraries Resources Council. The goal of Long Island Memories is to provide the people of Long Island with access to a visual and oral record of Long Island's history, culture, government and industry.


We hope you enjoy exploring this collection and discovering the history of our unique home.




Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:54


One hundred years ago, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

Veteran’s Day (formerly Armistice Day) commemorates this cessation of hostilities between the Allied forces and Germany.

Soon after the war’s end, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle published “Brooklyn and Long Island in the War,” a thorough account of Long Islanders’ contributions to the war effort and a list of the many who were wounded or killed in action.

The entire book is available online at the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library. It can be found at:

Sunday, 24 December 2017 17:16



   Mott’s Cove, 1898

Willis W. Vail (1868-1951), from Quakertown, New Jersey, was a Civil Engineer specializing in surveying and railroad engineering. He was also an accomplished photographer and spent many years documenting the progress of construction projects across the United States.

     Shore Road/Scudder’s Lane at Ram’s Hill, 1898

Mr. Vail spent part of 1898 in the Glen Head area. Several of his photographs – from four-by-five glass negatives – are part of the library’s digital collection at:

The Willis W. Vail Glass Slide Collection, presenting a fascinating picture of century-old construction practices, can be found at:


Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:16



Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002) was a celebrated avant-garde artist and author.

She was among the first female American artists to explore abstractioand the

first to use collage in American storybooks. She is best known as the author and

illustrator of the classic children's book Caps for Sale, which was first published in

1940 and has sold over 2 million copies.

Born in Siberia, Slobodkina studied art in Russia and China before immigrating

to the United States in 1928. She resided in New York City and Great Neck

for many years before moving to Glen Head in 1999. Her new home became

a mini-museum, where guests could view more than 200 works of art, handmade

dolls and jewelry, and a complete collection of her children’s storybooks.  

The museum closed in 2012 but the Slobodkina Foundation continues to build upon

her creative achievements. For more information about Esphyr Slobodkina and her work,

go to:


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