Thank You From The Historical Society


On behalf of the Great Neck Historical Society, I would like to thank all those who helped to make our recent series of Circle of History Boat Trips an educational and economic success.

Over the course of six trips, close to 200 people had a chance to view Stepping Stones Lighthouse and hear about its history. That history has been put in context of the history of the surrounding land-based features, such as the Merchant Marine Academy, Forts Totten and Schuyler, City Island, Hart Island and the estates of Great Neck. And yesterday, all of this was capped by the sighting of two dolphins swimming in Long Island Sound near Little Neck Bay.

The rides have been part of an ongoing effort of the Historical Society to help raise the necessary $4 million for the stabilization and rehabilitation of Stepping Stones Lighthouse. We would like to thank our patron, AvalonBay Communities; our sponsor, First Capital Equities; and our donors: Port Washington Yacht Club; Steppingstone Yacht Club; Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck; Harbor Harvest of Norwalk, CT; Susan Tucker; Rotary Club of Great Neck; and Rotary Club of Gold Coast–Lake Success. Their generosity, together with ticket sales and passenger donations, have enabled us to raise well over $5,000 toward those goals.

Further donations are always appreciated—we still have about $3.7 million to go! Donations can be made at the Historical Society website at

—Alice Kasten
Great Neck Historical Society

Read about the excursions: Boat Tours To Stepping Stones Lighthouse.

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