Spring 2018/Summer 2018

The public programs the Bronx County Historical Society hosts are filled with intriguing subjects and are presented by knowledgable scholars.  Please see below for the different programs being offered this summer.

Take A Walk Through History BRONX WALKING TOURS
Tours cost $10 for BCHS members, $20 for non-members. Contact The Society at
(718) 881-8900 to reserve your spot. The tours generally run about 2 hours.

Woody Crest
Saturday, July 21, 2018 – 11:00 AM
Just west of Yankee Stadium, upon a hill that over looks the Harlem River, lies an avenue called Woodycrest. It was named after a former estate “Woody Crest,” belonging to the Ketchum family. Mrs. Ketchum was Angelica Anderson (a nearby avenue bears this surname as well) whose forebears farmed some 60 acres on the same tract. Today, this community in the West Bronx still holds numerous remnants of the past in the form of structures, abandoned train stations, step streets, and more. Join BCHS Education Coordinator Vivian Davis in front of Gate 6 at Yankee Stadium, near the Hard Rock Café (East 161st Street and River Avenue) to start the tour. Take the #4 or D train to E.161st Street.

An In-Depth Look at Art Deco on the Upper Grand Concourse
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 11:00 AM
Today, the Grand Concourse, along with several other Bronx communites around it, holds one of the highest percentages of Art Deco buildings in the nation. A popular style of architecture intended to evoke the futuristic age, Art Deco has dominated the borough’s architectual landscape since the late 1920s. The Grand Concourse, inspired after Paris’ Champs-Élysées, was deemed to be an appropriate site for this new style of architecture, as it was first introduced at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, held in Paris. A portion of the Grand Concourse was officially landmarked because of its collections of exquisite Art Deco buildings. Meet Matthew Foglino, history teacher and Art Deco enthusiast, at the Fordham Road overpass on the Grand Concourse (eastbound side, southern side) to start this wonderful tour. Take #4 or D trains to Fordham Road. Also, take the #1, #2, and #12 bus.

Gouverneur Morris, The Bronx’s Forefather
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 11:00 AM
The year 2018 marks two hundred and thirty years since the United States Constitution was adopted by the Consitutional Convention. The document was hotly debated by many of the convention’s members, some even left before it was signed. Yet, the U.S. Constitution has been upheld and defended as the law of our land. One would wonder what does the South Bronx have to do with all this? The fact is that Gouverneur Morris, raised in Morrisania and buried there, was one of the pricipal authors of the U.S. Consitution. This makes a walking tour to celebrate his legacy appropriate. Meet BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez at the southeast corner of East 138th Street and Lincoln Avenue, outside the Third Avenue subway stop on the #6 train, to start this tour.

PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The following free programs will be held at the Bronx County Archives, located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, please call (718) 881-8900. The Bronx County Archives is wheelchair accessible.

Islands of The Bronx
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 1:00 PM
Many Bronxites are familiar with some of the islands that are part of the Bronx landscape. Mostly known islands like City Island and Rikers Island are duly mentioned. But what about Rat Island, Cuban Ledge, Hart Island, and the many others obscured in Bronx History? Join BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez on an informative lecture that will guarantee to pique your interest about our borough’s numerous islands.

The Lorillards of The Bronx
Saturday, August 25, 2018, 1:00 PM
Pierre Abraham Lorillard was a tobacconist of French descent who started an empire in New York in 1760. Although Pierre met an untimely death during the American Revolution, the Lorillards expanded their empire into what we now call The Bronx, leaving remnants behind like the old Snuff Mill in today’s New York Botanical Garden and the lasting impressions of the famed Philanthropist and Art Collector Catharine Lorillard Wolfe. BCHS Education Coordinator Vivian Davis will present this lecture.

Current Exhibitions at the Museum of Bronx History

Women’s Suffrage and New York City: A Centennial Celebration

April 12, 2018 – April 11, 2019

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Bronx Expo –
The Starlight
Park Story

April 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018


Upcoming Fall Exhibition

His Muse: The Women of Edgar Allan Poe’s Life

October 4, 2018 – April 7, 2019

Opening Reception
October 4, 2018


The Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Avenue and East 208th Street
Bronx, New York 10467
(718) 881 – 8900
MUSEUM HOURS: SAT 10AM – 4PM / SUN 1PM – 5PM
(GROUP TOURS MON.-FRI. BY APPOINTMENT)
For further information, please contact The Society (718) 881-8900 or email.

 

Tours with The Woodlawn Cemetery Trolley

The Bronx County Historical Society is partnering with The Woodlawn Cemetery to present a series of exciting programs using their trolley. These tours are rain or shine and ticket sales are final. The tours start and end at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery and will run from 12PM-5PM. Tickets are $40 per person. Lunch is not included.

For more information, please contact The Woodlawn Cemetery at (718) 920-1469 or visit their events page here.

The Beautiful Bronx 4-Part Series Tour

The Beautiful Bronx – Part 1
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Join us on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley for a historic tour of the northeast section of The Bronx. The tour will travel past historic sites on the Grand Concourse, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Belmont, Norwood, Bedford Park, and Fordham Road. Led by Angel Hernandez, Program Director for The Bronx County Historical Society, this tour is guaranteed to be interesting. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Little Italy (Arthur Avenue). Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.
The Beautiful Bronx – Part 2
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The southwest section of The Bronx holds some of the most historic neighborhoods in the borough. Join Angel Hernandez, Program Director for The Bronx County Historical Society, on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley as he takes you to notable places in Mott Haven, Port Morris, The Hub, Longwood, Hunts Point, and more. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Mott Haven where a variety of restaurants are located. 
Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.
The Beautiful Bronx – Part 3
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Just east of The Bronx River you will find communities that hold a rich and historic legacy. Take a tour on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley and experience the history this part of The Bronx has to offer. Angel Hernandez, Program Director for The Bronx County Historical Society, will lead the tour through significant places located in Soundview, Clason Point, Parkchester, Castle Hill, Westchester Square, Throggs Neck and more. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Westchester Square. 
Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.
The Beautiful Bronx – Part 4
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The northeast section of The Bronx was underdeveloped for many years. It was not until the annexation of The Bronx, east of The Bronx River in 1895, that sparked a new age of development and urbanization. Take a tour on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley with the The Bronx County Historical Society’s Program Director Angel Hernandez through neighborhoods such as Pelham Parkway, Country Club, Pelham Bay Park, Co-Op City, Orchard Beach, City Island, and more. There will be a one-hour lunch break in City Island. 
Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.

Breweries of The Bronx Trolley Tours

Woodlawn Cemetery partners with The Bronx Historical Society for this one-of-a-kind tour. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place to many notables and their families who have contributed to a beer-brewing legacy in The Bronx dating back to the 1850s. These mostly German families have made their impact in communities such as Melrose, Morrisania, Mott Haven, and other areas in the South Bronx. To celebrate this legacy, these tours will take participants on our Woodlawn Trolley, beginning at Woodlawn Cemetery and then on to the borough’s newest breweries and beer halls. The Bronx County Historical Society will lead the tour. We will be meeting at the Jerome Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue gate at 11:45 AM and the Trolley Tour will begin at 12:00 PM. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Little Italy (Arthur Avenue). Lunch is not included. The tour will return to the starting point when it ends at 5:00 PM. There are only 30 seats so tickets must be purchased in advance.
Here are the following dates:

September 8, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $40 per person
Click here for online tickets sales.
November 10, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $40 per person
Click here for online ticket sales.