Past Events

June 19, 2019
Retired professor and long-time Bay Ridge resident Edward Marlatt will discuss Othmar Amman, the civil engineer who designed the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge and worked on various other bridges in New York City and beyond—including as a consultant on the Golden Gate Bridge.
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

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

April 17, 2019
The Historical Society will meet offsite this month at the Harbor Defense Museum, on the Fort Hamilton armybase, where curator Justin Batt will talk about the history of the fort and the museum.

N.B. If you are interested in attending, please email us, bayridgehistory@gmail.com; there is a form you must fill out and file by April 10 in order to be admitted to the base. Attendees must agree to submit to a background check; they must also have a state ID and social security number.
Harbor Defense Museum, 230 Sheridan Loop, Fort Hamilton Armybase, 7pm (note the earlier time)

March 20, 2019
Constitutional-law expert Frank Scaturro discusses President Ulysses Grant, just weeks after the 150th anniversary of Grant’s first inauguration, at a time of much scholarly reevaluation of his presidency. As a college student, Scaturro spearheaded the restoration of Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park and in 1999 published a reassessment of his presidency, President Grant Reconsidered, which will be for sale. 
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

December 19, 2018
Marianna Randazzo gives a presentation on the Italian–American immigrant experience and the optimism, heroism and determination that peppered the streets of her beloved Brooklyn. She’s the author of Italians of Brooklyn, a pictorial study of the lives of Italian–Americans and their assimilation into New York City.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

December 16, 2018
SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate the 165th anniversary of the naming of Bay Ridge. A brief ceremony will include an invocation by Rev. Lawrence DeLion, pastor of Christ Church, where many of those instrumental in the establishment of Bay Ridge worshipped.  Remarks will be followed by coffee, birthday cake and perhaps a bit of champagne.
Bay Ridge Public Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 12pm

November 21, 2018
World War I uniformed Doughboy reenactor Marc Hermann and World War I nurse reenactor Lily Tjomsland join us just ten days after the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

October 17, 2018
Larry Racioppo will share with us photos from his new book, Brooklyn Before: Photographs, 1971-1983, which captures the enduring spirit of our hometown in those years.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

September 19, 2018
The September meeting was canceled in deference to Yom Kippur.

June 20, 2018
The Historical Society will present its most treasured possession: the Samuel Winter Thomas photographs of Bay Ridge from the late nineteenth century. Led by Lawrence Stelter.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

May 16, 2018
The New York Naval Militia, founded in 1891, is the oldest in the nation. Retired NYNM Admiral John Ingram will host a presentation about “the state’s own navy.” (This event was originally scheduled for March and canceled due to snow.)
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

April 18, 2018
Historical Society First Vice President Henry Stewart will celebrate the publication of his book True Crime Bay Ridge with a reading about Charley Ross, a kidnapped child, decades before the Lindbergh baby, whose case captivated the country—until his kidnappers were shot to death outside a Shore Road mansion on the site today of Fort Hamilton High School.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

March 21, 2018
THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED DUE TO SNOW; ADMIRAL INGRAM WAS RESCHEDULED 
The New York Naval Militia, founded in 1891, is the oldest in the nation. Retired NYNM Admiral John Ingram will host a presentation about “the state’s own navy.”
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

December 20, 2017
Bay Ridge lawyer Mike Connors discusses Civil War Generals.
He is managing partner at the law firm Connors and Sullivan; hosts the radio program Ask the Lawyer with Mike Connors, on AM970 and AM570; and is the president of the Civil War Roundtable of New York.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

November 15, 2017
Archivist Diana Bowers-Smith, of the Brooklyn Public Library, discusses the incredible collection in the “Brooklyn Room” at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza, sharing her insights into its massive collection of documents and artifacts.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

October 18, 2017
Dick Zigun discusses the history of Coney Island.
He founded the Coney Island Sideshow and is known to many as “The Mayor of Coney Island.” He has been instrumental in many programs, including the Mermaid Parade.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

September 20, 2017
Bay Ridge Historical Society President Thomas McCarthy explains the history of banking in the United States.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

June 21, 2017
Ranger Daniel Prebutt discusses the residences of Theodore Roosevelt.
(Rescheduled from March, when it was canceled due to weather.)
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

May 17, 2017
Teacher and historian Jeff Cobb discusses Greenpoint’s forgotten past, specifically “The King of Greenpoint,” Peter McGuinness.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

April 19, 2017
Henry Stewart discusses the Crescent Athletic Club, which for many years was on the present site of Fort Hamilton High School.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm
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