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     Year 2022 - Newsletters


    • FPHS Docents Digest Aug./Sept. 2022 Edition
    •   We’re Back! Membership Meeting, Sun. Sept. 18, 2pm @ Pool/Rec. Ctr.
    •   In Memoriam - Peter Fleig
    •   A Visit to the Harold Martin Collection, The Little Red Boat
    •   - New Acquisition: 1905 - 1913 Bound Book - Editions of The Warbler


    FPHS Docents Digest Spring Summer 2022 Edition

     - Presentation Night at Swing The Teapot - Hosted by Ann & Shane Moynagh

    •  - New Additions to The Archives
    •  - From The Archives - John Lewis Childs Seed Packets
    •  - A Bomb Shelter in Floral Park?


    FPHS Docents Digest Apr - May 2022 Edition

      Cook Books in the Archives

    •   - Local Elementary Schools’ Newsletters in the Archives
    •   - Childs’ Summer House
    •   - Invitation to Swing The Teapot - 7PM, May 19, 2022
    •   - Membership Renewal Application

      

    FPHS Docents Digest March 2022 Edition

    •   - The Suydam Homestead
    •   - Golden Rule Service Station
    •   - RE’s Taxi Service
    •   - John E. Settler - Author of Fifty Years Ahead of the News, Published in 1993
    •   - Village Election - March 15, 2022

     

    FPHS Docents Digest Feb. 2022 Edition

    •   - A Vintage Street Sign Post
    •   - Excerpts from Two Editions of “THE MAYFLOWER” – 1890
    •   - A Vintage Street Sign Post
    •   - Excerpts from Two Editions of “THE MAYFLOWER” – 1890
    •   - Correction & Childs’ Plans for his Collection
    •   - New Discovery - The Netherlands as a Source of Flowering Bulbs
    •   - Floral Park Memorial Junior-Senior High School - Looking Back 65 Years


    FPHS Docents Digest Jan 2022 Edition

      -  John Lewis Childs - Renowned OOLOGIST

    •   - Excerpts from The OOLOGIST magazine written by Harold Bailey 1921
    •   - LONG ISLAND PERIODICALS - 1895 and 1899
    •   - Nostalgically Striking & Strikingly Nostalgic
    •   - John Lewis Childs Plant Sprinkler/Sprayer ad - ca. 1900’

    • Year 2021 - Newsletters

    Docents Digest Dec 2021 Edition

      -  John Lewis Childs Mansion, Tulip Ave - After a Winter Snowfall

    •   - The FISH of Floral Park - “Keeping Friends in Safe Hands”
    •   - A Christmas Verse - Poet Norma D. Childs
    •   - Ally-Way Snapshot Reveals Sign of Old Times
    •   - A Thank You - In a Nutshell


    Docents Digest Nov 2021 Edition

      - The Green House, A Sears House, A Dream House

    •   - Centennial Gardens Bridge
    •   - Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
    •   - FPPD Mounted Police Officers



    Docents Digest Oct 2021 Edition

      - Our Lady of Victory Parrish Centennial Year 2021 

    •   - Mrs. Helen M. Marsh: Founder of Bellerose Village
    •   - The Story of Bellerose Village by Walter Gosden
    •   - Eddie Arcaro, Jockey & Floral Park Businessman
    •   - Notes from Helen Miller responding to memories shared by Jeanne Petta
    • Docents Digest Aug/Sept 2021 Edition

    •  - Jeanne Petta Remembers

    •   - John Lewis Childs Spring 2013 Catalog
    •   - Child’s “Personal Word” about his business history
    •   - Comments on an Era by Walter Gosden
    •   - Donation Recognitions
    •   - Floral Park Jewish Center
    •   - The Round House History


    Docents Digest May 2021 Edition Congratulations to our new Mayor, Trustees & their families, A Thank You…

    •  - In memory of George William Bowen

    •   - The Infamous Floral Park Incinerator
    •   - Tree City, USA
    •   - WWII War Bonds and Rationing
    •   - Floral Park Fire Department Helmet
    •   - Nomination of FPHS Officers and Board Members
    •     May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2023


    • Docents Digest April 2021 Edition

    •  - Preparing for our new Fiscal Year

       - Covert Family Album - Mary Ellen LaRocca
          - Tour of the Covert Family Carriage House

    •   -  Join Our Mission; Preserve Our History

    Docents Digest March 2021 Edition

    •   - Chronicle of the American Red Cross in Floral Park
        - Music - a part of Floral Park’s Heritage

    •    - Floral Park Community Chorus
    •    - Floral Park’s Citizen’s Symphony Orchestra
    •    - Introducing Floral Park Author’s Second Crime Novel 
    • Docents Digest February 2021 Edition

    •  -  Mary Goldsmith Childs - Member of Daughters of the American Revolution
       - 1905 Thirtieth Anniversary of John Lewis Child’s Seed Company

    •   -  Vintage & Special Letters
    •  - Child’s Seed Catalog - 1917

    •   - The Schoolmate magazine


    Year 2020 Newsletters

    • Docents Digest November - December 2020 Edition

      •  Annual Christmas Show at The Floral Theatre
         - Santa arrives

      •  - A History of The Floral Theatre

      •   - Floral Park & Vicinity Historical Directories by Walter Gosden

      • Docents Digest October 2020 Edition

      •  Seedsmen & Florists by Walter Gosden
         - Floral Park Red Ribbon Week - Looking Back 30 Years by Ann V Corbett

      •   - Reporter’s Interview with Carrie Childs by Ann V Corbett
      •  - Jeanne Mitchell America’s First Young Lady of the Fiddle by Ann V Corbett


    • Docents Digest September 2020 Edition

      •  - 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 Edition

    • - 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 Edition

      •  - 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-June 2020 Edition

      •  - 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

         
        Year 2019 Newsletters

      • Docents Digest Winter 2019-20 Edition

        •  - 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 Edition

      •  - 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 Edition

          •  - 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

           
          Year 2018 Newsletters

        • Docents Digest Winter 2018-2019 Edition

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

      • 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 Edition

         - What is a Docent?

      •  - Grant being used for Historical Markers

      •  - Betty Boop visits the Floral Theatre
         - Acquisitions:

        •    1888 John Lewis Childs Seed Catalog
        •    first to use Chromolithographs
        •  - Presidents Coolidge & Hoover appoint
        •    Wallace Thurston as our Floral Park Postmaster

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      • Year 2017 Newsletters

      • Docents Digest 2017 Fall Edition

        •  - The Last 50 by Walter Gosden
        •  - Changes to Some Familiar Places
        •    with Great Photos
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      • Docents Digest 2017 Summer Edition

      •  - The Hammered Dulcimer

        •  - President’s Message
        •  - FPHS Display at SunnyPond Farm Historical Site
        •  - Sewanhaka High School
        •  - Sewanhaka H.S. Graduates Reminese
        •  - Sewanhaka H.S. Yearbook Collection
        •  - Sewanhaka H.S. History Makers
        •  - FPHS - Who we are
        •  - Thank You to our local businesses

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        Year 2016 Newsletters

      • Docents Digest 2016 Winter Edition

        •  - TheBird Man of Floral Park
        •  - A Message from Historian Walter Gosden
        •  - The Warbler
        •  - No. 10 Jericho Tpke. by Harry Wicks
        •  - Ann Corbett - Speaker at The Queens Farm Museum
        •  - Ray Heatherton - More Than Just “The Merry Mailman”

         

        • Docents Digest 2016 Spring (2 versions)

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

         

      • Year 2015 Newsletters

        • Docents Digest 2015 Summer Edition
        •   - The History of the Magic Lantern Slide
        •   - 116 Ways of Using the Tomato
        •   - The Herkomer-Brusher Home
        •   - The John Lewis Childs Home
        •   - edible Long Island - Notable Edibles
        •   - John Lewis Childs: Started The First Seed Catalog
        •     in America 


       Year 2014 Newsletters

    •  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
      •  - Enhancing our Vaudeville Collection
      •  - A Visit with Vera Luffy

    • Docents Digest 2014 Summer Edition

      •  - About the Wicks Farm

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    • Year 2013 Newsletters

    • Docents Digest 2013 Winter Edition

    •  
      •  - Surprise Visitor
         - Floral Park Woman’s Club Anniversary
      •  - Donations to our FPHS Archives
      •  - Portrait of Caroline Goldsmith Childs
      •  - Floral Park Junior Woman’s Club
      •  - Cub Scouts Pack #482 Visit

       

    • Docents Digest 2013 Summer Edition

      •  - John Lewis Childs Catalog Chromolithograph
      •    Flower Prints Reproduced
      •  - Diorama Exhibit
      •  - Friends of the Library Exhibit
      •  - 1000 Acres Renamed Flowerfields 
      •  - West End Landmark Restoration by Walter Gosden
      •  - President’s Message & Thank Yous
      •  - Kaitlyn Felicetti Earns GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD

       

      Docents Digest 2013 Summer 2nd Edition

    •  - Explore the History of Neighboring Communities -

      •  - Discover Fosters Meadow
         - FPHS Wish List

    • Year 2012 Newsletters

    • Docents Digest 2012 Spring Edition 

      •  - Original Floral Park Flag
      •  - Civil Defense Flag

       

    • Year 2011 Newsletters

    • Docents Digest 2011 Summer Edition

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

    • Year 2010 Newsletters

      Docents Digest 2010 Summer Edition

      •  - 4VS Floral Park Centennial Commemorative DVD
      •  - Hornberger Triplets celebrate their 90th Birthday
      •  - Archival Room Updates
      •  - Walter Gosden’s Notes
      •  - Volunteer Ops
      •  - Press Comments on Floral Park (1892)

      • Year 2009 Newsletters

        • Docents Digest 2009 Winter Edition

          •  - The Miss Mary Martin Story
          •  - Are you a prospective Docent?
          •  - “Show and Tell” Road Show
          •  - Miniature Replicas
          •  - On Loan at Museum

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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