History

President Lyndon B. Johnson spearheaded the War on Poverty during his Great Society era.

Profile America: The War on Poverty

The first salvo in what we’ve come to know as the War on Poverty was fired on this date 53 years ago. Following President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union call for tackling poverty in America, the Economic Opportunity Act […]

by · March 17, 2017 · History, Profile America
RESCHEDULED: The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” – March 22nd

RESCHEDULED: The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” – March 22nd

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women’s History Week for March 8, 1980 and, President Trump has re-proclaimed March 2017 as Women’s History Month. The East Bronx History Forum is pleased to announce the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” […]

by · March 15, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History, Women
The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History”

The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History”

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women’s History Week for March 8, 1980 and, President Trump has re-proclaimed March 2017 as Women’s History Month. The East Bronx History Forum is pleased to announce the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” […]

by · March 10, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History, Women
American Revolution & The Bronx: Friends of Pelham Bay Park Gun Hill Tavern lecture

American Revolution & The Bronx: Friends of Pelham Bay Park Gun Hill Tavern lecture

Please come out Thursday March 9th at 6pm and support our Friends pf Pelham Bay Park. The setting is perfect – A Bronx warehouse transformed into a restaurant/brewery/distillery -Sounds Revolutionary to me ! The Gun Hill Tavern is at 780 […]

by · March 7, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History
Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Friday, February 17 —  This month — and some sources cite this date — is the 251st anniversary of the 1766 birth of Thomas Malthus in Dorking, England. Given that birthplace, he perhaps naturally became an economist, demographer and statistician. He’s […]

by · February 17, 2017 · History, Profile America
he Historic Jerome Park Reservoir: East Bronx History Forum Meeting, February 15th

he Historic Jerome Park Reservoir: East Bronx History Forum Meeting, February 15th

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 118th meeting on Wednesday, February 15th. at 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum meets to discuss Bronx History and held […]

by · February 11, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History
The First Observance of “Three-Fifths Clause Awareness Day” in NYC

The First Observance of “Three-Fifths Clause Awareness Day” in NYC

The Three-Fifth Clause (Article 1, Section2, of the U.S. Constitution of 1787) was demanded by Southern supporters of slavery as a way of increasing their congressional representation and political power. They wanted slaves to be counted as full persons but […]

by · February 11, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History
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Chairman Crowley Introduces Resolution Condemning White House Exclusion of Jewish People from Holocaust Statement

Chairman Crowley Introduces Resolution Condemning White House Exclusion of Jewish People from Holocaust Statement Over 100 Democratic Members Co-Sponsor Resolution (Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) announced today that more than 110 Democratic Members of Congress […]

by · February 10, 2017 · Bulletin Board, Government, History
Profile America: House Rules

Profile America: House Rules

On this date in 1825, our most unusual presidential election was held; with the John Quincy Adams receiving just 13 votes to Andrew Jackson’s seven, and four to the third-place finisher.

by · February 9, 2017 · History, Politics, Profile America
Profile America: Gas Lighting

Profile America: Gas Lighting

Tuesday, February 7 — It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Two centuries ago, it was even better to light a gas lamp. On this date in 1816, America’s first gas streetlamp was lit in Baltimore, Maryland. […]

Profile America: Overseas Territories

Profile America: Overseas Territories

Monday, February 6 — On this date in 1899, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris, concluding the Spanish-American War of 1898. The treaty, negotiated in Paris the previous December, was opposed by 27 senators — not opposed to peace but […]

by · February 6, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Rosa Parks

Profile America: Rosa Parks

Saturday, February 4 — Adding poignancy to Black History Month, today marks the birthday in 1913 of Rosa Parks, a community activist who became a symbol of the fight for civil equality. Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her […]

MLK Open House with Council Member Andy King, NYPD, and Youth

MLK Open House with Council Member Andy King, NYPD, and Youth

NYC Council Member Andy King (12th C.D.) hosted an Open House at his District Office on East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, today to celebrate the birthday and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students from Faith Christian […]

Ellis Island Opened 125 Years Ago

Ellis Island Opened 125 Years Ago

The place where many of our ancestors first stepped ashore when they came to America seeking a new life opened on January 1 125 years ago — Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The very first immigrant processed in 1892 at […]

by · January 3, 2017 · History, News
Old Tales and Historic Facts of the Bronx River Walk Tour by Stephen DeVillo & Nilka Martel

Old Tales and Historic Facts of the Bronx River Walk Tour by Stephen DeVillo & Nilka Martel

The Bronx River has inspired a plethora of stories and historic facts that generated numerous publications. One such book titled The Bronx River in History & Folklore, written by noted historian and longtime BCHS member Stephen Devillo, captures the essense […]

by · December 2, 2016 · Bulletin Board, History