The Bay Ridge Historical Society...Where History Comes Alive!


Fall 2014 Schedule of Events


Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center (Community Room between East & West Buildings) at Shore Hill Residence, 9000 Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Start time is 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 17
Keeper of the Flame - Keeping the Statue of Liberty Lit for 30 Years
You may have never heard of Charlie DeLeo, the Keeper of the Flame, but you certainly know his handiwork. For nearly 30 years, Charlie was responsible for maintaining the lighted torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Climbing to the torch more than 2500 times, Charlie changed all 750 light bulbs in the torch to keep Lady Liberty's glow shining for miles around. Come hear about the Statue of Liberty in a way you've never heard before.

Wednesday, October 15

 Old Bay Ridge - The Samuel Winter Thomas Collection

By popular demand! In honor of Bay Ridge resident Samuel Winter Thomas’s (1827-1913) life and memory, the Bay Ridge Historical Society will present the Samuel Winter Thomas Collection in celebration of our neighborhood’s past. This special collection of photographs were personally captured by Thomas in the late 1880s. The Thomas Collection illustrates Bay Ridge’s rural beauty, when farms and country-style mansions and clubs graced the area along the shore of the Lower New York Bay. Historians Matthew and Peter Scarpa will provide background and commentary, as well as a slideshow featuring dozens of photographs from the Thomas Collection, as well as other intriguing images of our neighborhood’s past.

Wednesday, November 19

The Life and Times of Enrico Caruso
Enrico Caruso was the first recording artist to sell more than one million copies of a single record. Aldo Mancusi, founder and curator of Brooklyn's own Enrico Caruso Museum of America, will speak about Caruso's life, his love of music, and the legacy he left on the musical stage for generations that followed him. Despite being an Italian opera sensation, Caruso performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, among other venues throughout New York City. This talk will include memorabilia belonging to Caruso and a short DVD about the museum.

Because of the proximity to the holidays, there will be no December meeting this year.
Instead, we will add an additional meeting to our Spring schedule.

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