The Friends of the Garden City Public Library has teamed with local historian Cyril Smith to present a photo exhibit highlighting the village’s history. It’s on display in the library’s lower-level lobby through the end of April.
Black-and-white photos of the Garden City Hotel circa 1870 and Roosevelt Field when it was a home to bombers, not Bloomingdale's, are just a couple of examples of those on display.
“For all of the towns in Long Island, I think Garden City has one of the finest histories," the 66-year-old Smith said. "People in younger generations need to know this stuff and that may not happen after I'm dead and gone."
There are 155 photos in the exhibit, which Smith compiled from library archives and other sources. The eventual goal is to make the more than 3,000 photos Smith found available online.
The exhibit is part of the library’s continuous effort to enrich patrons with art, according to Gloria Weinrich, vice chair of the library's board of trustees.
“Most people don't realize how much richness in heritage is here," she said. "We have quite a number of new residents, and this is a great way for them to learn."
The Garden City Public Library is at 60 Seventh St. For more information call 516-742-8405.
Above, Gloria Weinrich, vice chair of the Garden City Public Library's board of trustees, stands with local historian Cyril Smith in front of a photo exhibit chronicling Garden City's history.