GREAT NECK HISTORICAL  SOCIETY


Welcome

 

Welcome to the Great Neck Historical Society - your source for information, photos, events, and all things related to the fabled history of this Gold Coast area. Since its founding, Great Neck has gone through an evolution that transformed it from a rural farming and fishing area to a summer artist colony and suburban retreat to a thriving, sophisticated metropolis of commerce, culture, and education. Home to captains of industry and Broadway actors, Great Neck has always been renowned for its excellent schools, community-minded citizens, diverse population, parks, cultural activities, and all the things that enrich life.

Great Neck has one of America's most fascinating histories, beginning with its early days as a forested area inhabited by the Matinecock Indians and developing into today's thriving community. In the mid-1600s, Great Neck - or Mad Nan's Neck, as it was originally called, was a small, primarily Dutch and English settlement. Today, its residents can trace their roots back to a multitude of countries. Hundreds of celebrated men and women have called Great Neck their home, including stage and film stars Paul Newman, Alan King, Sid Caesar, and Francis Ford Coppola; writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, and Eugene O'Neill; musicians George M. Cohan, Richard Tucker, and Morton Gould; artists Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers and Fairfield Porter; Business leaders Walter Chrysler, William K. Vanderbilt Jr, and Harry F. Sinclair; and athletes Whitey Ford, Floyd Patterson and the Hughes sisters, Sarah and Emily. It has a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a church with glorious Tiffany stained glass windows, and schools that have been recognized as among the very top in the nation.


Saving the Past for the Future


The Great Neck Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting the history and heritage of the Great Neck peninsula. We share information through our programs, printed materials, and other media, as well as this website. We also support leadership efforts from all the villages in our community that share the goals of safeguarding the history of Great Neck. Please explore our website and discover the intriguing details of our vibrant history, past and present.


Proudly show off the history of your home with our Recognition Program


Do you live in an older home?
Is it architecturally significant?
Did a local notable reside there?


The Great Neck Historical Society recognizes significant homes and public places with elegant plaques. Find out more about our Recognition Program by visiting our History page.

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you.  

Snail mail: 

PO Box 234483 Great Neck, NY 11023

Email: 

greatneckhistorical@gmail.com

Phone: 

‚Äč516-466-8954

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Great Neck Historical Society

Great Neck Railroad Station c. 1907




August 20

We're back from a summer break.
Open Meeting of the Board of Directors
Great Neck House, 7:30PM
Everyone is welcome!


September 17

Open Meeting of the Board of Directors
Great Neck House, 7:30PM


October 22

Open Meeting of the Board of Directors
Great Neck House, 7:30PM


November 2

Presentation about Great Neck History and the History of Temple Beth-El.

At Temple Beth-El, 10AM.  Come for breakfast, or just for the talk.  Click here for more details


November 19

Open Meeting of the Board of Directors
Great Neck House, 7:30PM


December 10

Open Meeting of the Board of Directors
Great Neck House, 7:30PM

Please visit our News Page to learn about our efforts to help preserve the Stepping Stones Lighthouse and the Allen Cemetery.
Would your organization

like a speaker about the history of Great Neck?


                Contact us!!