Winter/Spring 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.

Historic St. Mary’s Park & Its 17th Century Roots
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 11:00 AM
The community surrounding St. Mary’s Park has roots deep in Bronx history – it was once part of the Jonas Bronck farm, settled in 1639. The park is important: it is one of six original Bronx parks, described by environmentalist John Mulally in 1887 as “miniature loveliness.” BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez will show trekkers the park, the site of such lost landmarks as the Janes & Kirtland Iron Works, Bensonia Cemetery, and the original Lebanon Hospital, and will end at the national historic landmark St. Ann’s Church. Tour will start at the northbound side of the Jackson Avenue #2
train station on Westchester Avenue. Take #2 and #5 trains or Bronx Bus #4 to Jackson Avenue.

Historic Woodlawn Heights
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 11:00 AM
Woodlawn Heights was a village that was laid out in 1873 by George Opdyke on a part of the former Gilbert Valentine farm. It was later extended northward to the Yonkers line. The neighborhood took its name from the historic Woodlawn Cemetery and now holds a rich collection of various architecture, historic neighborhood memorials, and an Irish tradition that goes back many generations. BCHS educator Vivian Davis will start the tour at the northwest corner of E. 233rd Street and Webster Avenue (BP gas station). Take #2 or #5 train to 233rd Street, Metro-North from Grand Central to Woodlawn, or Bronx buses #16 and #31 to E. 233rd Street and Webster Avenue.

In the Footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe: A Walk from Poe Cottage to High Bridge
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 11:00 AM
Although the American poet Edgar Allan Poe has been gone for many years now, his home and High Bridge continue to serve as reminders of his beloved walks in The Bronx. Join BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez on a 3-mile walk from Poe Cottage to High Bridge via Aqueduct Avenue. The tour will meet at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in Poe Park on the Grand Concourse and E. Kingsbridge Road. Take the D or #4 train to Kingsbridge Road or take Bronx buses #1, #2, #9, #22, #28, #34, or MTA express bus BxM4 from Manhattan.

The following lectures (except for April 29th) will be held at The Bronx County Archives located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, call (718) 881-8900.

Before the Fires
Saturday, February 4, 2017 -1:00 PM
Join Bronx authors Robert Gumbs and Fordham University’s Professor Mark Naison as they presents their book Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s, along with the research that was done during the process. The authors will have copies of their book for sale and signing.

Noted Bronx Women
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 1:00 PM
BCHS Educator Vivian Davis will offer a presentation on various women who have contributed to Bronx history throughout the years. The presentation will be illustrated and guests are encouraged to share their own accounts about women in Bronx History.

Gouverneur Morris Visiting Scholars Program Presents
Celebrating the Historic Legacy of St. Ann’s Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:00 PM
St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, built and donated by Gouverneur Morris Jr. in 1840, has stood the test of time. Once a modest community church, St. Ann’s is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a New York City historic landmark. Continuing the celebration of its 175 years in operation, BCHS Educator Vivian Davis will chronicle the Morris family’s history and activism in The Bronx that contributed to the church’s surviving legacy. This lecture will be held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, located at 295 St. Ann’s Avenue Bronx, NY 10458, For directons, please call (718) 585-5632.

Historic Houses of The Bronx
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 11:00 AM
There are many historic buildings still standing in The Bronx. While some have been highlighted in the borough, others have yet to be honored. In celebration of Bronx Week, BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez will highlight our borough’s historic house legacy with an illustrated presentation.

Current Exhibition at the Museum of Bronx History

Over There –
America & The Great War

Exhibition will run April 5 – October 8, 2017

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

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