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.
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.
The Wright Brothers in Glen Head
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.
Charles Wald, Hempstead Plains (1916)
Photographs reprinted courtesy of Wright State University Library.
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).
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Class picture, First Grade, Glen Head School, 1955
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