Jun 24 2015

Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society at the Bethpage Public Library

Please join the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society for a very special evening tonight featuring Stephanie Gress  discussing her new book "Eagle's Nest: The William K. Vanderbilt II Estate."  The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Bethpage Public Library. The presentation will be followed by a book-signing.


Howard Kroplick

Book Description: Designed and constructed by the eminent New York City architectural firm of Warren & Wetmore, Eagle’s Nest estate is the easternmost Gold Coast mansion on Long Island’s affluent North Shore. From 1910 to 1944, the palatial Spanish Revival estate was the summer home of William K. Vanderbilt II, great-grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Eagle’s Nest hosted the most exclusive guests and intimate gatherings of Vanderbilt family members and close friends. Included among them were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, golfer Sam Snead, and the Tiffanys. Vanderbilt embarked on many of his legendary world voyages from this locale, along with a 50-person crew and a few fortunate invited passengers. During his travels, he collected natural history specimens and ethnographic artifacts from every corner of the earth. With the help of scientists and museum professionals, Vanderbilt created exhibits at Eagle’s Nest to showcase his collections. “Willie K.,” as he was known, bequeathed his estate and museum to the public, fulfilling his intended mission.

Author Bio: Stephanie Gress is the director of curatorial affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and has been employed there since 2001. The extensive archival collection from William K. Vanderbilt’s life and times provided Gress with over 180 original images documenting the history of Eagle’s Nest.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 beginning at 7:30 pm at the auditorium at Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY. Everyone is welcome to the meeting. Please bring your friends and neighbors


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