The Bayside Historical Society is calling on the community for assistance in locating memorabilia, ephemera, and nostalgic items to display in "Bayside Life: On the Edge of Modernity," its upcoming exhibit detailing life as it was in this community 70 years ago. It also is looking to document memories of those who grew up during this era, or who have interesting family stories to share.
The title of the exhibit reflects the many currents running through Bayside during this period. Bayside, in 1939, was on the edge of urbanization because of its proximity to Manhattan; was greatly affected by the newly constructed Cross Island Parkway (which opened in 1939); and was experiencing a population explosion (population had doubled from 14,000 in 1927 to 29,000 in 1939). There was massive home construction (Bayside Hills had just been developed), and the little village had become a town. Furthermore, the nearby World's Fair opened this year with a theme of "World of Tomorrow."
For more information, or to lend items for display, please call (718) 352-1548.