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

Spring 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, March 17

Green-Wood Cemetery – Looking Back/Looking Forward

Jeff Richman is the fulltime historian at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the world’s great final resting places and a National Historic Landmark. He is the author or editor of three books on Green-Wood, two self-guided walking tours, and its app. Jeff will present about Green-Wood’s history, its progress towards becoming an historic park, and where it is heading—including plans for a visitors center, exhibition gallery, and archival center.

Wednesday, April 16

 May Day – America’s Forgotten Holiday

Hunter College Professor Donna Haverty-Stacke will explore the history of the May Day holiday in the United States from the 1880s through the mid-late twentieth century. Over time, this new May Day holiday came to include many concerns, ranging from shorter work hours and basic union recognition advanced by workers to the broader goals of its anarchist, socialist, and communist adherents for the overthrow of capitalism.  This annual event was thus complex, multifaceted and controversial and, partly because of that controversy, May Day never became a national holiday in the United States.  

Saturday, May 10

Tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historical Site

Join the Bay Ridge Historical Society as we take a tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historical Site. Tour begins at 10:00am and lasts approximately 1 hour. Afterwards, we will enjoy a group lunch in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, email Andrew:

Wednesday, May 21

Coney Island: Past, Present, and Future

Michael Quinn is a local Coney Island tour guide who will speak about Coney Island as the birthplace of the amusement industry in America. This talk will explore the role that Coney Island plays in American lore, as well as the role that it will continue to play in the future as it redefines itself for a new generation of amusement seekers.

Wednesday, June 18

High School Senior Historical Speech Competition

Our June meeting will feature a first for the Historical Society – a competition for high school seniors to pick a famous speech from history and deliver it before a panel of judges for a $250 prize. Students will select from a list of 25 speeches and should strive to reenact the speech as it was delivered – or as they believe it was delivered. For more information, email Andrew:

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