Fall 2017/Winter 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.

The Bronx County Historical Society and The Woodlawn Cemetery have partnered to offer the exciting programs below. All trolley tours start at The Woodlawn Cemetery Jerome, Avenue entrance (opposite end of #4 train station). For more information, please contact The Society at (718) 881-8900. 

The Bronx Brewery Legacy Trolley Tours
Woodlawn Cemetery is home to several families that contributed to the beer brewing legacy in The Bronx dating back to the 1850s. Buried in a section on their grounds nicknamed “Brewer’s Row,” 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, a special trolley tour from Woodlawn Cemetery’s Brewer’s Row to the borough’s new breweries and beer halls is an ideal start to a wonderful program series. These tours will be led by BCHS Programs Director Angel Hernandez. $40 per tour, 12PM-5PM. Tour dates: Saturday, April 7, 2018 / Saturday, May 5, 2018 / Saturday, June 9, 2018


History Comes Alive at Bronx Cemeteries Trolley Tours
Explore the “sleeping places” of those who have come before us. Some burial grounds are long since vanished; others survive into the 21st century. Learn what burial secrets your neighborhood may hold. Learn too about burial practices and mourning rituals of Victorians, graveside symbolism and the famous who still dwell among us. These tours will be led by BCHS Programs Director Angel Hernandez. $40 per tour, 12PM-5PM. Tour dates: Saturday, April 28, 2018 / Saturday, May 19, 2018 / Saturday, June 23, 2018

PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
The following free programs will be held at the Museum of Bronx History 3266 Bainbridge Avenue & East 208th Street, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, please call (718) 881 – 8900

Slave Stories, Our Stories
Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Join BCHS Educator Vivian Davis and living historian Cheyney McKnight on this special evening of discussion and conversation with one of the house slaves who worked in the Valentine-Varian House and receive a deeper understanding of slavery in 18th century New York. In honor of Black History Month, we pay tribute to those unheard voices.

Dress and Undress: Women’s Clothing during the American Revolution
Friday, March 16, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Like today, clothing of the 18th century reflected the social status of those wearing it. Join BCHS Educator Vivian Davis for a special program as she explores how women dressed the part in the 18th century and illustrates the differences in clothing between the upper, middle, and lower classes.


SPECIAL BRONX WEEK EVENT
Women’s Suffrage and New York City: A Centennial Celebration Symposium
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8AM-3:30PM
Registration and breakfast from 8AM-9AM,
$30 per person

In honor of the anniversaries of the passage of Women’s suffrage in New York State and the 19th Amendment, The Bronx County Historical Society honors New York’s women of the past and present with a symposium. This event, moderated by BCHS Educator Vivian Davis, will showcase the efforts of women throughout the 19th – 21st centuries. Panel discussions will explore these experiences and define how the legacies of women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Nellie Bly paved the way for the opportunities women have today. This event will take place at the Woodlawn Chapel, The Woodlawn Cemetery, Jerome Avenue. For questions or to purchase tickets, please contact The Society at 718-881-8900 or email at education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org. Click here for online ticket purchases. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Current Exhibitions at the Museum of Bronx History

What Lies Beneath
Cemeteries of The Bronx

Open until April 2018

Explore the “sleeping places” of those who have come before us. Some burial grounds are long since vanished; others survive into the 21st century. Learn what burial secrets your neighborhood may hold. Learn too about burial practices and mourning rituals of Victorians, graveside symbolism and the famous who still dwell among us.

 

 


Upcoming Spring Exhibitions

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

April 12, 2018 – April 11, 2019

Left: Noted suffragist Ms. Elizabeth Freeman marching on the first Suffrage Hike to Albany, which started at the 242nd Street subway station at Van Cortlandt Park on December 16, 1912. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Bronx Expo –
The Starlight
Park Story

April 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception for Both Shows: Thursday April 12, 2018, 4:30PM – 7:00PM

Free to the public, all are welcome


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.