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St. George’s Church, Hempstead
St. George’s Church, Hempstead.
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The next NCHS virtual program:

Lido Club Hotel, Lido Beach, Long Beach, L.I., N.Y.

Lido Club Hotel, Lido Beach, Long Beach, L.I., N.Y.

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
“The Lido Club Hotel”
Joanne Belli

The Lido Club Hotel officially opened in June 1928 as a swanky oceanfront resort adjacent to the world-class Lido Golf Course. Built by Sen. William H. Reynolds, who previously bought and developed nearby Long Beach, the Lido Club Hotel featured a striking architectural design with twin cupolas and became a playground for socialites, industrialists, and politicians. In 1942, the US Navy requisitioned the hotel as a naval training and separation center. After the war, the Lido Club Hotel was leased to the newly formed United Nations and housed over 500 of its personnel. The hotel returned to civilian hands in 1947 and was once again a fashionable seaside resort with a wealthy clientele. Over the next 30 years, many well-known entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Barbra Streisand performed in Lido’s Starlight Room. In 1980, the Lido Club Hotel was sold to developers and converted into a luxury oceanfront condominium., Lido Beach Towers, that remains a local landmark with a fascinating past.

Joanne Belli is an educator, a trustee of the Long Beach Historical Society, and a volunteer in the society’s archives. She resides at Lido Beach Towers.

The webinar is free and open to the general public. Although attendance at this virtual meeting is free, we are still asking people to register so that we can get a good estimate of the number of attendees. Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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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Due to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020,
the NCHS has suspended all in-person programs. As circumstances allow, we will be holding virtual meetings which will be announced on this site, and through our e-mail announce list. To subscribe, go to: NCHS-Announce.

Stay tuned. Stay healthy.

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.

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Membership/subscription information and other payment options are on the Membership page.

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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, go to: NCHS-Announce.

NCHS Journal
vol. 74, 2019

The current Journal, vol. 75, 2020, was published and mailed to members and subscribers in January 2021.
Contact us if you did not receive your copy.
You may view the Table of Contents, and President Naylor’s “Last Word, President’s Report, and Historical News” reviewing the society’s events of 2020. The Journal is one of the benefits of membership in the NCHS.

NCHS Journal Cumulative Indexes

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 by title, author, and subject.
Hearty thanks to Trustee David Doucette for his efforts on this project.