Fall 2019

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.

Walking Tours
Tours cost $10 for BCHS members, $20 for non-members.
Call (718) 881-8900 to reserve your spot.

Arthur Avenue Walking Tour
May 2, 2020 – 10AM
Three major institutions in our country, (Fordham University, The New York
Botanical Garden (NYBG), The Wildlife Conservation Society (The Bronx Zoo), and a
vital community known as “Belmont” are located in the northeast sector of The Bronx.
During the latter part of the 19th century, a large Italian immigration settled in the
Belmont area. Many of these immigrants who came mostly from southern Italy had
experience in the construction industry and they provided the manual labor upon
which the three institutions were built. At the height of the Italian population in the
1960s, there were an estimated 45,000 Italian-Americans that claimed Belmont as
their home. On our walking tour of Belmont, lead by Tony Morante, we will discuss cultural and political
effects on this vibrant and now diversified community and how the Italian influence
has maintained a strong presence over the past century. We will begin the tour at the
corner of 187th St., and Hughes Ave.

161st Street Walking Tour
Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 10AM – Noon
This tour is co-led by The BCHS & the Bronx Chapter of The American Institute of
Architects; prices are: $20/BCHS & AIA members, $30/non-members.
The Civic Center of The Bronx centering on the intersection of the Grand Concourse
and East 161st Street has a rare collection of buildings that reflect the cutting edge of
architectural styles in their era. These styles range from 1930s Art Deco, to 1960s
Brutalism and beyond. They can be discovered in the area’s monumental public
edifices and its elegant upscale apartment houses. Also in the neighborhood are
examples of changing taste in landscape architecture and adaptive reuse of older
spaces. We will meet on 161st St. & Grand Concourse, SW corner of the intersection by The Borough Hall/Courthouse building.
Directions: By subway: Number 4 or letter D to 161st Street
By bus: BX1, BX1 LTD, or BX2 to Grand Concourse and East 161st Street
By car: I 87 (Major Deegan Expressway) South to East 161st Street, Macombs Dam
Bridge Exit. Turn left, turn right at 161st Street ramp, head straight ahead bearing
right to just past Sheridan Avenue and turn right at the Concourse Village shopping
mall and its parking garage.

What used to be there? Walking Tour
Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 10AM
This new tour led by BCHS Educator, Justin Mashia, takes you around The Hub to
show you what old structures and businesses once stood. You’ll see the Bronx’s first
skyscraper, where the Third Avenue El ran, where movie theaters, department stores
and a cemetery used to be. You’ve never been on a tour quite like this. The tour will
meet outside of the 149th Street/3rd Avenue, 2 and 5 train station on the Roberto
Clemente Plaza side.

A Salute to Bronx History Fundraiser

March 3, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for a special evening of cocktails and dining at Arthur Avenue’s Zero Otto
Nove restaurant to raise money for The Society. The Bronx’s own Chef Roberto,

head chef at Zero Otto Nove, will be hosting the event.

Your tax deductible $250 contribution will benefit The Bronx County Historical
Society’s rich collection as well as the historic preservation, documentation, and

interpretation of The Bronx for future generations.
Zero Otto Nove is located at 2357 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458.
To purchase tickets, contact Kelly Jutsum at kjutsum@bronxhistoricalsociety.org,

or mail a check to The Bronx County Historical Society,
3309 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467.

Current Exhibition

Mott Haven, The Bronx

A Historic District Turns Fifty

October 10, 2019 – May 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday October 10, 2019, 4:30pm – 7:00pm

3266 Bainbridge Avenue & East 208th Street

Past Exhibitions at the Museum of Bronx History

BXFlicks: The Bronx Goes to the Movies

April 11, 2019 – October 6, 2019

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 11, 2019 
4:30PM – 7:00PM

Before it transplanted itself to Hollywood, the American movie industry was an East Coast fixture and early 20thcentury studios included the Biograph and Edison Studios in The Bronx.  BXFlicks explores this pioneering moviemaking role of the borough, the characterization of The Bronx on film through the decades and the history of Bronx movie theatres built to showcase this modern innovation in mass entertainment.

Mark your calendars for the opening reception on April 11, 2019 at the Museum of Bronx History. Free to the public and all are welcome.

Click here for information on the Museum of Bronx History

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

April 12, 2018 – April 11, 2019


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

October 4, 2018 – April 7, 2019

Upcoming Spring Exhibition

Exhibition at the museum of bronx history
Mott Haven, The Bronx

A Historic District Turns Fifty

Through May, 2020

Museum of Bronx History/Valentine Varian House
@ 3266 Bainbridge Avenue & East 208th Street

(718) 881-8900

Museum hours: Saturdays 10AM – 4PM & Sundays 1PM – 5PM

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 Bronx’s Silver Screen Tour

Saturday March 30, 2019
Join The Bronx County Historical Society on The Woodlawn Conservancy Trolley on this special trolley tour highlighting the sites and sounds of the film industry in The Bronx.  We will visit the famous film locations that made the borough famous along with the movie studios that helped create these films and the picture houses that debuted them.  There will be a one-hour lunch break in Little Italy (Arthur Avenue).

The Beautiful Bronx Series

The Beautiful Bronx
Saturday, Saturday May 11, 2019
The Bronx is blessed with some of the most beautiful natural sights to enjoy in its abundant parkland and in its outstanding architecture and noted public sculptures.  The tour will concentrate on several examples of beauty produced by both nature and man, such as Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Park, Crotona Park, Claremont Park, the Grand Concourse and its Art Deco architecture.  There will be a one-hour lunch break in Little Italy (Arthur Avenue.
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:

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $40 per person
Click here for online tickets sales.