SPLIA’s gallery for changing exhibitions is housed in the former Methodist-Episcopal Church building, an 1842 historic landmark, which is located at 161 Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. The gallery, outfitted for flexibility, occupies the first floor and is a venue for permanent and changing exhibitions, public programs, and meetings. Exhibits at the gallery explore Long Island’s remarkable past with particular reference to architecture, decorative arts and cultural history.
“Selling Long Island: Commercial Maps of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries”
SPLIA’s latest exhibit explores how the art of cartography was used during the 19th and 20th centuries to define the geography of Long Island as a place for investment, industry and commerce, home-building, and ultimately, substantial growth and profit. Featured map-types include those created for the Long Island Railroad, large wall atlases, tax maps, scientific surveys, and bird’s-eye views that, along with related ephemera such as period real estate and travel brochures, illustrate Long Island’s transformation from rural outpost to modern suburb.