Floral Park Historical Society

Floral Park New York Historical Society Info Center and Museum - Home of John Lewis Childs and Belmont Racetrack

  • Celebrating 20 Years of Stewardship
                  1999 - 2019

The Floral Park Historical Society (FPHS) Docents Digest provides historical and current news of and about Floral Park New York.

Researchers and enthusiasts pen notable citizen spotlights from the past and present, illuminating the remarkable contributions that have created Floral Park as it exists today.

The Docents Digests publishes FPHS Events and meetings for the upcoming quarter, at which speakers give live presentations and current Floral Park Historical projects are conceived, planned and celebrated.

We thank our local sponsors and welcome new sponsors for the Docents Digest - your valuable contributions help make Floral Park what it is.


For more information about our activities & FPHS collectibles, please e-mail anncorbett@corbettpr.com or call (516) 775-6849.

    Docents Digest Newsletter Highlights

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    • 2009 Winter Edition

      •  The Miss Mary Martin Story


      2010 Summer Edition

      •  Floral Park Centennial Commemorative DVD


      2011 Summer Edition

      •  Ruth Snyder Murder Case –Marco Conelli
      •  American Legion Auxiliary 90thAnniversary
      •  Tulip Bowl – Super Bowl ‘87
      •  Historical Notes-Yes, Three Fire Houses


      2012 Spring Edition 

      •  Original Floral Park Flag
      •  Civil Defense Flag


      2013 Summer Edition

      •  John Lewis Childs Catalog Flower Prints Reproduced
      •  1000 Acres Renames (Flower Fields)


      2013 Summer 2nd Edition

      •  DiscoverFoster Meadow


      2013 Winter Edition

      •  Floral Park Woman’s Club Anniversary
      •  Portrait of Caroline Goldsmith Childs


      2014 Summer Edition

      •  About the WicksFarm


      2014 Fall Edition

      •  1904 Vanderbilt CupHistorical Marker Unveiling Ceremony
      •  Great Grandson of Oscar P. Brion Visits Museum
      •  Jericho turnpike 54 Years Ago – 18 Year Old Photographer Marc Pomerantz
      •  A Visit with Vera Luffy

      2014 December

      •  Smile –Class Pictures
      •  Authentic Signatures of President Coolidge and President Hoover
      •  Wallace Thurston Made Postmaster

      • 2015 Summer
      •  116 Ways of Using a Tomato
      •  John Lewis Childs Started the First Seed Catalog in the U.S. –Edible Magazine



      2016 Spring (2 versions)

      •  Short History –LIRR
      •  Gatsby EraPure Silk Party Dress Restored
      •  Friends of the Library Collection


      2016 Winter

      •  TheBird Man of Floral Park
      •  The Warbler
      •  Ray Heatherton


      2017 Summer

      •  FPHS Display at SunnyPond Farm Site
      •  Sewanhaka High School
      •  Sewanhaka Graduates Reminisce
      •  Sewanhaka High School History Makers


      2017 Fall

      •  The Last 50 by Walter Gosden
      •  Winter 2016


      2018 Summer


      •  1888 John Lewis Childs SeedCatalog
      •  Caroline Childs Obituary



      2018 Fall/Winter Edition

      •  John Lewis Childs an Extraordinary Businessman
      •  Victor Koenig’s Restaurant closes-The Harrison Opens
      •  J. James Hardware Store
      •  History in the Making- Phase 1-LIRR 3rdTrack
      •  The Warbler –Bird Notes


      Winter 2018-2019

      “Twentieth Anniversary Edition” - Highlights

      •  The Story of FPHS 20th Anniversary Floral Park Historical Marker Project:
           Fireman’s Hall, Tyson Building, Masonic Temple, 

         American Legion, Floral Park School,

       1779 House, Floral Theatre,

       Covert Homestead

      •  Century Old Portrait of President Ray Larimar Stokely found
      •  Remembering Bernice Hayes
      •  The Resident Directory, 1940 – A Window to Businesses of the Past
      •  NYC Fire Museum Receives 1900 & 1901 Books



      Summer 2019

      •  Jim MacDonald assists with the Village Historical Markers Unveiling
      •  The Kirchner Triplets – Frances, Katherine, & Marguerite
      •  Ladislav “Lenny” Jindra – An American Hero, A Survivor of D-Day, June 6, 1944
      •  Boy Scout Troop 4 Floral Park celebrates 105th Anniversary



      Summer/Fall 2019

      •  John Lewis Childs as a young man
      •  CL Allen hires John Lewis Childs
      •  In memory - Arthur Bradley
      •  Floral Park - Residents’ Day:
      •  The Percy Loomis Speer Collection


      Winter 2019-20

      •  FPHS President Ann Corbett writes about our 20th Anniversary & some upcoming 2020 events
      •  In 1952 General Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Floral Park
      •  PBA Benefit Show Poster found - from about 1947
      •    held at The Floral Theatre with Vaudeville acts & Movies
      •  Three Red Tulips on a Blue Field – considered by

         many to be the “Village Logo” 


      May 2020

      •  West End Civic Association 100th Anniversary & History
      •  Special Delivery - Postman Bill Olivet
      •  Give a Cheer for John Lewis Childs School
      •  Flowers & Bulbs for the Trade
      •  Floral Park Birds 1909 & 2020
      •  Stella Miller’s Review
      •  Floral Park’s Bird Whisperer, Donald Haug, Sr.
      •  The Bird Counters of Floral Park


      June-July 2020

       President’s Message

    •  Devil Dog of Floral Park
       Beautiful Acquisition

    •  Floral Park’s Woman’s Club Garden
    •  GATEWAY prints LAST Issue!
    •  1874 - John Lewis Childs rents apartment on Jericho Tpke.
       Thank you Harry Wicks
       Elevation of LIRR Tracks

    • August 2020

    •  Views of Floral Park

    •    (John Lewis Childs Booklet)

    •  Belmont Park - Horse-racing 1665-2020

    •  Board of Health - Rules & Regs. - 1916


      Floral Park Historical Society Collectibles

      • Ask about our collectible Floral Park History keepsakes and museum-quality floral prints, reproduced from John Lewis Childs' original seed catalog artwork... Please contact Ann Corbett

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