Spring/Summer 2017

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
Each tour costs $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.

Norwood – The Northern Community
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 11:00 AM
Located in the north central section of The Bronx, Norwood holds a rich historic heritage, honored with street names and structures that hark back to earlier times. Today, the community thrives with commercial development and ethnic diversity, but many locals may not know that the neighborhood holds some of our borough’s oldest sites. Join BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez on a historic stroll through Norwood. He will bring you to the Museum of Bronx History, the Bronx County Archives, and other neighborhood jewels. The tour will start at the Mosholu Parkway #4 train station on Jerome Avenue. Take buses Bx #1, #2, #10, #28, Manhattan Express BxM4, or Bee-Line buses #4, #20, #21.

Port Morris – Through the Hell Gate
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 11:00 AM
What was once the hub of industry and trade in The Bronx, Port Morris was the brainchild of Gouverneur Morris Jr. in the 1840s. From the sleepy seaport, it rose up to be the capital of piano manufacturing in the United States. BCHS Educator Vivian Davis will be leading this dynamic tour through Port Morris, visiting the sites that made the area famous. The tour will start outside the gate of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church at 295 St. Ann’s Avenue. Take the #6 train to the Brook Avenue Station. Take buses Bx #17 or #33.

Today’s Fort Apache
Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 11:00 AM
The movie Fort Apache, The Bronx, although highly praised, was also recognized for its negative portrayal of The Bronx during the early 1980s. For many years Bronx residents fought off derogative stereotypes because of the lingering effects the movie and other media outlets had created over the years. Today, the neighborhood in which the real Fort Apache (41st Precinct) sits underwent a major transformation, with the actual building landmarked and restored for a special crimes unit of the New York City Police Department. Meet BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez on the northeast corner of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue to start the tour. Take the #2 or #5 train to Simpson Street. Take Bronx buses #4, #4A, #5, or #19.

The following lectures will be held at The Bronx County Archives located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, call (718) 881-8900.

How Redlining Defined The Bronx and America
Saturday, June 10, 2017 -1:00 PM
Researcher and writer Gregory Jost will discuss how explicit Jim Crow New Deal-era federal housing policies designed racism into the structures and systems of cities across the country. Instituted through a series of 239 maps and accompanying area descriptions, redlining structuralized the connection between race, place, and value, laying the foundation for policy after policy that would preserve and expand a massive racial wealth gap and vast inequalities in housing, education, health, and policing. Through this framework, the history of our borough takes on new significance, contributing to the national conversation on race and inequality.

The Bronx in the Wake of World War II
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 1:00 PM
Urban development in the United States during the Progressive Movement meant major infrastructural advancements and expansion for places like The Bronx. Considered to be a backyard for the booming Manhattan metropolis for many years, the northern borough had grown to be its very own force by the time the Great Depression ended and the prosperity under the New Deal began. However, the constant move towards progress in post-World War II New York did not always bring positive results. With federal mandates for the construction of new homes for returning soldiers and newcomers, more highway extensions, and the path to slum clearance for newer development, The Bronx would soon descend into an era of urban decay and divestment. BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez will present this topic.

The Bronx During WWI: Training at Pelham Bay
Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 1:00 PM
The second installment of The Bronx During WWI series examines Pelham Bay Park. Unknown to many, Pelham Bay was a naval training station in preparation for the war. Today, most of the naval station’s original location is now within the New York City’s Police Department firing range. Join BCHS Educator Vivian Davis as she continues to celebrate The Great War centennial by exploring another facet of World War I history in The Bronx.
This presentation will be illustrated.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at the Museum of Bronx History

Over There –
America & The Great War

Exhibition will run until October 8, 2017


Coming Soon

What Lies Beneath Cemeteries of The Bronx

Opening Reception

October 12,2017 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM


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 administration@bronxhistoricalsociety.org

The Bronx County Historical Society offers a wide range of lecture topics and are available to travel to you!  Check out the link below to find just a few of what we offer.  If there’s a topic you do not see, no problem.  We would be happy to accommodate you.

BCHS Lecture Series

Private Tours

If you would like us to speak on a subject we have not covered, we also offer private walking tours for you and your organization.  These tours are specially constructed based on what you would like us to speak about.  Tours last about 2 hours and start at $250.

Please call or email us for more information!
718-881-8900 or education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org