Historical Context

The objects in the South Shore Historic Inns, Hotels and Restaurant collection were assembled to document the rise of Long Island's South Shore as a tourist destination during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection, deeded by Dowling College, includes postcards, menus, matchbook covers and other ephemera which are often the only lasting evidence that these once popular destinations existed.

Scope of Collection

The South Shore Historic Inns, Hotels and Restaurant collection consists of late 19th and early 20th century ephemera documenting Historic Inns, Hotels and Restaurants on Long Island’s South Shore. It was assembled to illustrate Long Island’s rich tourism history.