This photographic exhibition looks at personal connections to original works of art. Each historical painting, etching, photograph, map and graphic has played a role in the lives of the men, women and children who are portrayed here. Look at your neighbors
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Connections: Portraits exploring relationships between Port residents and unique art from our collections.
This photographic exhibition looks at personal connections to original works of art. Each historical painting, etching, photograph, map and graphic has played a role in the lives of the men, women and children who are portrayed here. Look at your
This short documentary film was produced by the Local History Center to give an overview of the rich history of nautical life in Port Washington. From clamming to yacht clubs, let this video introduce you to the ways in which
The Port Washington Public Library Local History Center collects and preserves our town’s heritage and makes it available to the public at the library and online. We house photographs, manuscript collections, oral histories, maps, and folk arts projects. Please visit
As the archives consultant at the PWPL Local History Center, I have been digitally scanning photographs from one of our collections, the Mason Collection, which consists of nearly 20,000 images about Port Washington. Of all the images I have seen so far
John J. Floherty (known as "Captain Jack") was a prolific author and Port Washington mainstay in the first half of the 20th century. He wrote more than 40 career-oriented books for young people, including such titles as Sons of the
In the 1910s and 1920s, 325 country houses of over 25 rooms were built on Long Island, which became home to some of the wealthiest families in America. Among them were the Guggenheims, Belmonts, Astors, Mackays, Vanderbilts, Goulds, Hearsts, Pratts, Coes,
On January 16th, 1920, the 18th Amendment made drinking alcohol illegal. "It was an era," wrote Port Washington News editor Ernie Simon, "when the most popular guy in town was the one who knew where the best 'speakeasy' was." Police
Fontaine Fox (1884-1964), the celebrated "Toonerville Trolley" cartoonist, lived in Port Washington from 1914 to the 1930's. His "Terrible Tempered" Mr. Bangs, the "Powerful Katrinka," Banker Grey, and Old Man Flint were small-town characters who earned Fox a syndication in over