Thursday, 01 December 2016 10:57



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Glen Head got its name when it became the last stop - or "head of the rails" - for the Glen Cove Branch of the Long Island Railroad in 1865. Before the expansion of the railroad brought with it a steady stream of early suburbanites, it was the manufacturing jobs associated with the Industrial Revolution that attracted workers to the area. Clay mining, boat-building and a brick factory were among the industries active at the time in what was then known as Cedar Swamp.





Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:57



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The summer of 1925 was a busy one for the great illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini. After a career in vaudeville, he fulfilled a dream when he mounted his own one-man roadshow. Billed as Three Shows in One, the evening featured magic, escapes, and the debunking of then-popular mediums and psychics.


While prepping for the show, Houdini sought relief from the stress of city life at a summer home in Glen Head. While not much is known about that time, he did express a familiar frustration. He wrote to a friend:


I am a commuter myself and don’t like it. Mrs. Houdini has rented a home at Glen Head, L.I. It is about one hour and five minutes on the Pennsylvania R.R. but including the time it takes getting from the house to the station, it is a two hour journey.


Houdini never returned to Glen Head. His show played on Broadway and toured with great success. On October 24 1926, Harry Houdini died as a result of a ruptured appendix at the age of 52.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:53



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The Glen Head Country Club opened in 1947 on the site of what had been the first golf course in the United States to be developed and financed entirely by women. The Women’s National Golf & Tennis Club was formed in the 1920s when members of the Creek Club in Locust Valley decided to disallow women golfers. A group of local women purchased 176 acres in Glen Head, space enough for 22 tennis courts as well as a golf course.

The course was developed by East Islip-born Marion Hollins (1892 – 1944), an amateur golfer and a pioneer in the field of golf course development. She won the 1921 U.S. Women's Amateur among many other amateur wins and was the captain of the first U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1932.

She helped develop two additional world-class golf courses; the Cypress Point and Pasatiempo Golf Clubs in California.

Women’s National survived as an all-female club for eighteen years until World War II led once again to a merger with The Creek Club. What remains of Women’s National is now a part of Glen Head Country Club.


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Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:53



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Longtime Glen Head residents may recall that the Gold Coast Public Library building was once the home of Norway Hall, a fixture in the community for almost 60 years until its closing in 1991. The site for countless dances and wedding receptions, bazaars and parties, it opened in 1932 without electricity, water or gas. Lodge members dug a one-block trench for water. Wires were strung along treetops to a member's home for electricity. Heat came from a kerosene stove.

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Special thanks to Albert Hartmann and the Novak family for sharing these photos of the library's home during its first days. If you have any photographs to share, please bring them in or contact the library at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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