North Shore Historical Museum Celebrates 2nd Anniversary


The North Shore Historical Museum recently celebrated the second anniversary of its official opening, and the leadership of the board president Brian Mercadante.

Victoria Crosby as Mrs. Vanderbilt and Barry Rivadue as J.P. Morgan (Photos by Coleen Spinello)


Seventeen years ago, when Mercadante was vice president of Glen Cove Business Improvement District, he approached the Glen Cove mayor with the idea to create a museum of the history of the North Shore, in the old empty old court house, which was at that time in great disrepair. Under Mercadante’s leadership over the many years, the board raised the money through grants and fundraising to restore the building inside and out. Now Mercadante has stepped down as president, but will remain on the board as President Emeritus.

Mayor Reginald Spinello and Brian Mercadante

The party was attended by many board members, supporters and members of the museum and Mercadante with his wife Betsy, and their children and grandson.

The party was also attended by a few dead celebrities of the Gold Coast; board member Jim Foote, as former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, congratulated Mercadante on his years of leadership; Eve Califano was Mrs. Astor; Victoria Crosby was Mrs. Vanderbilt; Barry Rivadue was J.P. Morgan and Monica Randall, celebrated Gold Coast author and historian, and a member of the NSHM Board of Associates, was Barbara Hutton.

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello and his wife Coleen attended and the mayor presented a citation to Mercadante on behalf of himself and the City Council.

There were also citations from Assemblyman Charles Lavine and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who were unable to attend.

Brian Mercadante and Victoria Crosby

Glen Cove’s poet laureate, Victoria Crosby, read a special poem, “Ode to Brian Mercadate,” which she then presented to him in a frame.

Many delicious hors d’oeuvres were generously donated by The View restaurant, the Atria, and the Regency. There was wine served and an anniversary cake, with coffee donated by Starbucks.

Rivadue created a special video, which showed highlights of all the fundraising events held to benefit the museum over the past two years.

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