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.

Take A Walk Through History BRONX WALKING TOURS

Free Public Lecture With Museum Admission
at the Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Avenue

Baseball, The New York Game: How Baseball Paralleled U.S. History
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10AM

Just in time for the World Series, baseball historian Tony Morante will explain how the growth of baseball paralleled the growth of the United States. The lecture content will begin around the 18th century when the United States was shifting from an agrarian society to an urban society. As our country was entering the Market Revolution era in the Post-Revolutionary War period, folk games of “ball” were being played. Mr. Morante will present how, from that point, “base ball” paralleled the growth of America in a symbiotic relationship that eventually transformed it into America’s “national pastime.”

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

Mott Haven Walking Tour
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 10:00AM
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.
Just in time to accompany our new exhibition on Mott Haven, come see the varied architecture of a changing and up-and-coming neighborhood: Mott Haven in the South Bronx. Structures vary from Civil War era townhouses to Gilded Age factories to modern condominiums.
The tour will be two hours. The tour will start on Alexander Avenue at the northeast corner of East 138th Street. Alexander Avenue and 138th Street is easily accessible from the #6 subway station at Third Avenue and 138th Street using the Alexander Avenue exit. Parking is available on the street.

Bronx Hike Series Part III
Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 10:30AM

Our anticipated Bronx Hike Series continues with an exploration of the oldest bridge in New York City, the High Bridge, along with two historical neighborhoods in The Bronx, Morris Heights and University Heights. Join tour guide Nestor Danyluk and learn about the Croton Aqueduct, and examine historic features of West Bronx neighborhoods. The tour will meet outside of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 900 St. Nicholas Avenue and West 155th Street, New York, NY and it will conclude at the Bronx Community College Campus.

“Devotedly I love her”
Edgar Allan Poe Candlelight Tours

Saturday February 9, 2019

Join us for this special tour of the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage and learn about Poe’s most fervent love, his wife Virginia.  Visitors will receive a tour of the cottage by candlelight by costumed interpreters who will read the letters and poems written by Poe.

Tours are timed every 45 minutes.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

6:00pm – 6:45pm

7:00pm – 7:45pm

$20 per person

Max capacity per tour – 10ppl

This tour will take place at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Poe Park, 2640 Grand Concourse.

Space is limited, so please call  718-881-8900 or click here for tickets.

Current Exhibition

Mott Haven, The Bronx

A Historic District Turns Fifty

October 10, 2019 – April 23, 2020

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

3266 Bainbridge Avenue & East 208th Street






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

Current Exhibitions at 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

BXFlicks: The Bronx Goes to the Movies

April 11, 2019 – October 6, 2019

Opening Reception
April 11, 2019

The Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Avenue and East 208th Street
Bronx, New York 10467
(718) 881 – 8900
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 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.