SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE SPRING 2014 SEASON
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: Andrew@bayridgehistory.org.
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: Andrew@bayridgehistory.org.