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 our  pinterest1  boards.

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.

Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:23

The Wright Brothers in Glen Head

20-2-21b                                            Wright Model B Floatplane in Glen Head hangar (1912)


In 1912, the Wright Brothers set out to establish a school of water-flying at the Glenwood Country Club in Glen Head, New York. The Ohio-based inventors chose a New York engineer and aviator - Charles Wald - to test their “floatplane” design over a large body of water. Wald made several successful flights over Hempstead Harbor to New Rochelle and back. On October 10, 1912, with a newspaper correspondent on board, one of these flights ended with the plane flipping over upon landing. Though no one was hurt, this mishap effectively marked the end of the Wright Companies Long Island experiment.

ms355 01 92                                                Charles Wald, Hempstead Plains (1916)


Photographs reprinted courtesy of Wright State University Library.

Saturday, 04 October 2014 10:12

Happy Days!

Happy Days Glenwood LI

                                                                                      Glenwood Landing c 1915


From the New York Times [New York, N.Y] 22 Apr 1900: 22:

There is good fishing just now at Glenwood Landing, which can be reached by the Oyster Bay

Branch of the Long Island Railroad. The excursion fare is $1, and fishing boats may be had for

50 cents a day. Sand worms are 10 cents a dozen, clams, 25 cents a peck, and later on, when the

black fish commence biting, riddlers may be had for 20 cents a quart, so it will not be necessary

for the fisherman to take his bait with him.


Retrieved from ProQuest: Historical New York Times, a searchable, full-text database with articles and images

from 1851- 2007, accessible to Gold Coast cardholders through the library’s website (Proquest).

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:12

Back to School


Times and fashion may have changed but the arrival of autumn still means it’s time for schools to re-open and classes to start again. Do you recognize any faces from this 1955 First Grade photo, perhaps even your own? Maybe you have some old class photos from the Glen Head or Glenwood Landing schools that you could share with us, or maybe an old yearbook to add to our small but growing collection? If so, please stop by the reference desk or email us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Glen Head School 1G 1955 


Class picture, First Grade, Glen Head School, 1955



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