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.

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.

Naval Training at Pelham Bay Park
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 10:00 AM
As an extension of the lecture on Pelham Bay Park during World War I given in August 2017, this walking tour explores the environs of the World War I Naval Training Station, now on present-day Rodman’s Neck. Since visiting the original site is prohibited to the public, Educator Vivian Davis will guide visitors around the southern end of the park, describing how it looked one hundred years ago. This walking tour is part of The Bronx during World War I Centennial series. The tour will meet at the Pelham Bay Park station, the last stop of the 6 train. Take the #6 train to Pelham Bay Park or take Bronx buses #5, #23, #24 or BxM7 or BxM8 from Manhattan. Purchase tickets here.

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 at 718-881-8900 or education@bronxhistoricalsociety.org

The Bronx Beer Barons
Friday, November 17, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Join BCHS Program Director Angel Hernandez in a historic discussion of the rich beer brewing legacy of The Bronx. Dating back to the mid-19th century, German breweries dotted the South Bronx landscape for many years. Although Prohibition halted this operation in the 1920s, beer brewing has again become one of our borough’s staples, with the opening of three breweries within the last five years. This free lecture will be held at the Bronx Beer Hall, 2344 Arthur Avenue. For more information, please call (347) 396-0555. To learn more about The Bronx Beer Hall, click here.

Happy Birthday Poe!
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 2:00 PM

Dr. Gary Hermalyn, CEO of The Bronx County Historical Society, will celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday, January 19th,  with an illustrated presentation about his famous work experience living in The Bronx. This free lecture will be given at the Poe Park Visitors Center, 2640 Grand Concourse. For more information, please call (718) 365-5516. The Poe Park Visitors Center is wheelchair accessible. To learn more about the Poe Park Visitors Center, click here.


Special Lecture and Workshop – Early American Gravestones
Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 1:00 PM
The Society is pleased to offer a lecture and workshop at The Bronx County Archives on the study of early American gravestones and their significance to both the history of early America and the study of sculpture symbolism. This is in conjunction with The Society’s Fall Exhibition What Lies Beneath: Cemeteries of The Bronx. Participants will receive an understanding of early American gravestones and explore their own creativity in our immersive workshop.

Led by BCHS Educator Vivian Davis, topics will include the beginnings of gravestone art in European America. Popular examples include Cotton Mather and the Mather family of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century. We will also discuss why motifs and epitaphs changed over the course of 200 years. Early American gravestone conservation and gravestone databases will also be discussed.

For the workshop portion, participants will break off into pairs and study photos of headstones from different colonies, noting changes, if any, from place to place. Participants will then have the chance to create their own gravestone art and epitaph. Materials for the workshop will be provided.

The Bronx County Archives is located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York . For directions, call (718) 881-8900. The fee for this 90-minute workshop is $25 per person. Purchase your tickets here. The Archives is wheelchair accessible.

The Bronx County Historical Society offers a wide range of lecture topics and are available to travel to you!  Click here 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.

Current Exhibitions at
the Museum of Bronx History

What Lies Beneath
Cemeteries of The Bronx

October 2017 – 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.


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 administration@bronxhistoricalsociety.org