Nassau County Historical Society

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St. George's Church, Hempstead.
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2017 Membership Renewals

Thank you to all who have responded to the annual membership renewal mailing.

Next scheduled meeting will be:

Alco Black Beast wining 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Alco Black Beast wining 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race

photo courtesy: Howard Kroplick

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
“My Hunt for the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway”

Howard Kroplick
Community Church of East Williston

“Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!” heralded posters throughout Long Island in announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America. From 1904 to 1910, six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island roads. Developed from the imagination of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., these races were the most prestigious and thrilling auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. Town of North Hempstead Historian Howard Kroplick has researched the Races for more than 13 years, written two books on the Parkway, and maintains an excellent website ( His talk will feature photographs from the private archives of Willy K. Vanderbilt, rare race films, and an assortment of “Vanderbilia.” A book signing follows; proceeds go to local charities.

More information, and directions, are provided on our Calendar page. There you will also find information about past and future meetings.
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A message from Dr. Natalie A. Naylor, NCHS President, reviewing the Society’s events of 2016.

The Nassau County Historical Society is a volunteer organization which operates for the society's membership. We regret that are unable to fill any research requests, including genealogical inquires.

NCHS-Announce e-mail list

Members of the Society, and other interested individuals, are invited to subscribe to the NCHS-announce e-mail list to receive e-mail announcements of upcoming Society meetings.
To subscribe, click on this link: NCHS-Announce.

NCHS Journal Cumulative Indexes online

The previously published cumulative indexes to our Journal are available online. These indexes, 1937-1957 and 1958-1988, combined with the current list of articles since 1989, are keyword searchable and all articles published the Journal.
Hearty thanks to Trustee David Doucette for his efforts on this project.