We are very pleased to announce that The Forest Hills Gardens Foundation (formerly known as the Forest Hills Gardens Taxpayers Association), has started a new chapter in our service to our community. Many of you know us for the lecture series by William Coleman and others, but we are now starting to collect and digitally preserve the history of the community we love and all call home.
We are launching foresthillsgardensfoundation.org, a digital repository of historical documents, historical photographs and other articles of interest.
One of the key features of the site is the ability to filter or search for specific content. For example, if you live on Puritan Avenue or on Burns Street, etc, you can search by using either one of those names. Also, if you know the name of a community group or a specific document you want to see, you can search by that as well.
The site is organized with a few different databases. One is for photography and includes as many historical photos as we have been able to acquire digitally, including public spaces, homes and landscapes. We currently have more than 500 images on the site.
Another database includes historical documents, such as early advertisements of the Gardens, materials from community organizations such as the Community House or Men’s Club, events & activities as well as more strictly historical documents like Declaration #3 (the first 2 didn’t make it). These are also searchable by title.
In addition the site will store lecture presentations made by the Foundation, or donated to the Foundation, that would be of interest to the community.
Please spend some time on the site and let us know what you think. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any historical photos that aren’t on the site, we would like to get them from you! (note that they do have to be digitized). Please contact us for more information.
Thank you and wishing you well in Forest Hills Gardens.