Spring 2018/Summer 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

World War I in The Bronx: Van Cortlandt Park
Saturday October 13, 2018 at 2pm
In 1917, soldiers, sailors and Marines departed New York City for France to fight in World War I. Before they deployed, some participated in training exercises at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, with patriotic New Yorkers gathering at the Parade Ground to observe the activities. Explore key World War I sites in Van Cortlandt Park with historian Vivian Davis of The Bronx County Historical Society, and learn more about New York City’s role. The tour will be meeting at the bottom of the southern steps of the 1 train at the Van Cortlandt Park/242nd Street station. Presented in partnership with the New York Transit Museum. Tickets can be purchased here or call (718) 694-1600. Tickets are $40 each.

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE

Emilia Casanova’s New York World
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1pm
Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol, notable historian and author, will present an illustrated presentation based on her book, Feminist and Abolitionist: The Story of Emilia Casanova. The presentation captures the legacy of a fascinating woman, a cause, a culture, and an intriguing glimpse of the Latino American community in New York City during the 19th century. From her baronial mansion in The Bronx, Emilia Casanova set out to secure Cuban independence and almost changed the course of American history. Dr. Korrol will also have copies of her book available for sale. This free lecture will be held at the Museum of Bronx History/Valentine-Varian House 3266 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467.

For directions, please call (718) 881-8900

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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Bronx Expo –
The Starlight
Park Story

April 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018


Upcoming Fall Exhibition

His Muse: The Women of Edgar Allan Poe’s Life

October 4, 2018 – April 7, 2019

Opening Reception
October 4, 2018


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 Beautiful Bronx 4-Part Series Tour

The Beautiful Bronx – Part 1
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Join us on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley for a historic tour of the northeast section of The Bronx. The tour will travel past historic sites on the Grand Concourse, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Belmont, Norwood, Bedford Park, and Fordham Road. Led by Angel Hernandez, Program Director for The Bronx County Historical Society, this tour is guaranteed to be interesting. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Little Italy (Arthur Avenue). Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.
The Beautiful Bronx – Part 2
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The southwest section of The Bronx holds some of the most historic neighborhoods in the borough. Join Angel Hernandez, Program Director for The Bronx County Historical Society, on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley as he takes you to notable places in Mott Haven, Port Morris, The Hub, Longwood, Hunts Point, and more. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Mott Haven where a variety of restaurants are located. 
Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.
The Beautiful Bronx – Part 3
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Just east of The Bronx River you will find communities that hold a rich and historic legacy. Take a tour on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley and experience the history this part of The Bronx has to offer. Angel Hernandez, Program Director for The Bronx County Historical Society, will lead the tour through significant places located in Soundview, Clason Point, Parkchester, Castle Hill, Westchester Square, Throggs Neck and more. There will be a one-hour lunch break in Westchester Square. 
Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here.
The Beautiful Bronx – Part 4
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The northeast section of The Bronx was underdeveloped for many years. It was not until the annexation of The Bronx, east of The Bronx River in 1895, that sparked a new age of development and urbanization. Take a tour on Woodlawn Cemetery’s Trolley with the The Bronx County Historical Society’s Program Director Angel Hernandez through neighborhoods such as Pelham Parkway, Country Club, Pelham Bay Park, Co-Op City, Orchard Beach, City Island, and more. There will be a one-hour lunch break in City Island. 
Lunch is not included. The tour starts and ends at the Jerome Avenue entrance of The Woodlawn Cemetery. 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:

September 8, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $40 per person
Click here for online tickets sales.
November 10, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $40 per person
Click here for online ticket sales.