Welcome to
The Bay Ridge Historical Society


The Bay Ridge Historical Society meets on the third Wednesdays of most months, with breaks in the summer and winter.
All events are free and open to the public.

May 15, 2019
Historical Society vice president Tom Hilton will discuss the subject of his master’s thesis and his subsequent research over the last forty years—Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum, one of the most notable figures in nineteenth-century Brooklyn and one of the more accomplished and successful Army commanders in the Civil War.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

May 22, 2019
SPECIAL EVENT: Historical society vice president Henry Stewart will host a presentation of Samuel Thomas’s photographs of old Bay Ridge from the turn of the twentieth century.
Owl’s Head wine bar, 479 74th Street, 7:30pm

June 19, 2019
Speaker TBA
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

View past events here. (Since 2017)


Founded in 1976, the Bay Ridge Historical Society helps preserve the history of the Greater Bay Ridge Area, while enlightening current and past residents about its historic significance. It does so through slideshows, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, bus trips and tours. Its members have also published several books.

President: Tom A. McCarthy
First Vice President: Henry Stewart
Second Vice President: Thomas Hilton
Secretary: Sonia Valentin
Treasurer: Peter Scarpa

Past Presidents: Victor Carlson, Jack Gabel, Susan Pulaski, Peter Scarpa, Jack LaTorre and Andrew Gounardes