The Roosevelt Island Historical Society begins its Fall Lecture Series with a presentation on the commercial and cultural significance of the river and channel that surround Roosevelt Island and separate Manhattan and Queens.
Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, will cover the East River from Governors Island to Fort Totten in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 6:30 pm.
The lecture is the first in a series of fourprograms sponsored by the RIHS and supported by The Hudson Companies and Rivercross Tenants Corporation. All programs begin at 6:30 pm in the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library.
The remaining lectures are:
Thursday, October 13, Nathalie Belkin, Archivist, New York City Department of Records and Information Sciences, will review the recent digitization, conservation and preservation of the The Almshouse Ledger Collection, 1758-1952. The collection includes more than 400 volumes pertaining to admissions, discharges, deaths, census records and supply inventories for the institutions housed on Blackwell’s Island. The project was funded by the National Historical Publication and Records Commission.
Thursday, November 10, Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks, will discuss the immediate environs of Madison Square Park (once called “The Center of the United States”) and its architectural treasures.
Thursday, December 8, Jeff Richman, Green-Wood Cemetery historian, will talk about what is old and what is new in the Brooklyn-based National Historic Landmark, renowned for its mausoleums, the people interred in its hallowed grounds and the landscape architecture.
These events are FREE and open to the public.
Map of East River provided.