Winter 2019/Spring 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

The Village of Morrisania: The First Planned Community
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 11:00am
In, 1848, the Village of Morrisania became the first planned community in what is now The Bronx.  Although it was founded as a “dry” community by native-born temperance advocates, German-American settlers soon developed a thriving beer culture there.  On this walk, we will learn about Morrisania’s citizens and see some of the original buildings of the village, many over 150 years old.  Join Dr. Marian Swerdlow on this rarely examined tour of Morrisania.  This tour will meet at the northwest corner of East 163rd Street and Third Avenue.  Take Bronx buses #13, #15, #21, or #6 to 163rd Street and Third Avenue.
Call 718-881-8900 to reserve your spot. Tickets are $10 each for members and $20 for non-members.

Bx Hike Series Part 1: From Mott Haven to the Grand Concourse
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 11:30am

In 1886 the Suburban Rapid Transit Company extended service of the Third Avenue El into the “Annexed District,” as The Bronx was then known. Shortly thereafter, the communities of Mott Haven, Melrose, and Morrisania became the nineteenth-century equivalent of Boom-town Suburbia as people fled the overcrowded tenement districts of Manhattan Island to the relatively spacious homes of the Mainland. Join tour guide Nestor Danyluk on this dynamic tour that will pass the legacies of this era: from stately churches, row houses, and transportation hubs of the late 1800s to the Art Deco landmarks of the 1930s.

Meet at the northeast corner of East 138th Street and Alexander Avenue in front of Dunkin’ Donuts. Take the #6 train to the Third Avenue station and exit via the Alexander Avenue stairways. The 3.5 mile walk will end at the 161 Street station of the #4 and D train.

Tours are $10 per member and $20 per non-member. Call 718-881-8900 to reserve your spot!

“Devotedly I love her”
Edgar Allan Poe Candlelight Tours

Saturday February 9, 2019
5:00-8:00pm

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 Exhibitions at the Museum of Bronx History

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

April 12, 2018 – April 11, 2019

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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
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.

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.