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

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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

    (Note: If you are interested in any of our Archived Docents Digest Newsletters that do not appear in full on this website, please contact Ann Corbett with your request. Thank you!

    • Docents Digest September 2020 

      •  - Remembering 9-11
         - Buttons - A Collection of Memories

      •  - The Floral Park Playground by Walter Gosden

      •  - WaterbIll Watchdogs Vs. Jamaica Water Supply by Ann Corbett

    • Docents Digest August 2020

       - Views of Floral Park

    •    (John Lewis Childs Booklet)

    •  - Belmont Park - Horse-racing 1665-2020

       - Board of Health - Rules & Regs. - 1916


      • Docents Digest 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
          


      • Docents Digest 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

         

      • Docents Digest 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” 


      • Docents Digest 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

         

        • Docents Digest 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

           

        • Docents Digest 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

           

      • Docents Digest 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

         

      • Docents Digest 2018 Summer

         - Acquisitions:

        •  - 1888 John Lewis Childs Seed Catalog
        •  - Caroline Childs Obituary

         

      • Docents Digest 2017 Fall

        •  - The Last 50 by Walter Gosden
        •  - Winter 2016

      • Docents Digest 2017 Summer

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

         

      • Docents Digest 2016 Winter

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

         

        • Docents Digest 2016 Spring (2 versions)

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

         

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

         

        • Docents Digest 2009 Winter Edition

          •  - The Miss Mary Martin Story

       

    • Docents Digest 2014 December

      •  - Smile –Class Pictures
      •  - Authentic Signatures of President Coolidge and President Hoover
      •  - Wallace Thurston Made Postmaster
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    • Docents Digest 2014 Fall Edition

      •  - 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Hisrorical 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

    • Docents Digest 2014 Summer Edition

      •  - About the Wicks Farm

       

    • Docents Digest 2013 Winter Edition

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

       

    • Docents Digest 2013 Summer Edition

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

       

      Docents Digest 2013 Summer 2nd Edition

      •  - Discover Fosters Meadow

    • Docents Digest 2012 Spring Edition 

      •  - Original Floral Park Flag
      •  - Civil Defense Flag

       

    • Docents Digest 2011 Summer Edition

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

    • Docents Digest 2010 Summer Edition

      •  - Floral Park Centennial Commemorative DVD

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      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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