As the “Great Gatsby” is soon to be welcomed in movie theaters, one can share in the magnificence of the Long Island’s Gold Coast’s Gatsby era by taking a magical trip into the past visiting the new North Shore Historical Museum located in Glen Cove, NY. to view the first full exhibit “Abandoned Trunks”.
“Abandoned Trunks” brings to life the grandeur of Long Island’s North Shore during the Gold Coast era.
The exhibit features beautiful fashion and accessories from the Gold Coast era of the North Shore, presented and curated by Monica Randall, a historian expert on the mansions and fashions of the Gatsby era. Many of the gowns are from the 1920’s and were worn by ladies of Woolworth Tiffany, Hutton, Woodward, and other wealthy families of the North Shore including the Countess of Bismarck. Photographic recreations of scenes from the period can also be seen on view in the exhibit.
Original Gatsby era gowns are shown displayed in their lovingly maintained splendor.
Monica Randall and her sister saved the many gowns from uncertain death. Years ago when the beautiful architecture and mansions of the past were seen as just relics to be torn down Ms. Randall and her sister had the foresight to rescue the beautiful gowns buried away in old steamer trunks tucked away in the attics of the grand houses. The extravagant attire was worn by the most famous and wealthy hostesses of the time as they welcomed guests into their mansions. If not for the Randall sisters the gowns would of met their death with the demolition of the mansions that they lived in.
The beautiful gowns and collection of photographs represent the regal parties given during the time of Gatsby.
“Abandoned Trunks” features the enchanting gowns on display and in a collection of photos taken by Monica Randall. Ms. Randall is a well respected historian and has the largest collection of Gold Coast costumes in the world. Some of the costumes on display were featured in the “Great Gatsby” movie starring Robert Redford. Ms. Randall lovingly talks about and cares for each piece as if one of her children. Monica Randall will be giving a series of lectures during the time when the collection will be on exhibit.
The display is not to be missed and gives one a reason to also visit the newly restored and open home to the North Shore Historical Society.
Step back into restored history with a visit to the Gold Coast’s new North Shore Historical Society Museum
The building housing the museum was commissioned to be designed in 1907 for a court house. In 1908 the new Oyster Bay town Hall was completed and opened on Glen Street in Glen Cove. It then became Glen Cove’s Court House and police station serving Glen Cove until 1993. The building is registered as an Historic Landmarked known as The Justices Court Building. After being empty for 15 years the owner of the building, Sterling Glen (now Atria), donated it to the North Shore Historical Society for its permanent museum home. The building has been fully restored to its original architectural beauty.
The North Shore Historical Museum is an exhibit in its own right.
Visitors have the opportunity to view the permanent exhibit that is the building itself. As one enters they will see the courtroom restored back to as it was originally designed in the early 1900’s and then take a walk through and down the stairs into the basement to see one of the three original jail cells painstakingly saved to retrieve its historic value.
The Museum is now open to the public for all to visit and enjoy.
The NSHM is open on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Admission is free for Museum members
- Admission for non-members is: Adults $5.00, Seniors 65 and over and Teens ages 13 to 17 $4.00 and children 12 or younger are free.
As the Museum gains support, the Historical Society is hoping that they will be able to have it open more days and be able to hold more functions and events to enhance the community.
Take a trip into the history of the past in architecture and beauty. Take home some inspiration to enhance one’s own abode and life. Step into the Gatsby era with some Charleston steps and never be afraid to dance!
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