Our Friends at the East Bronx History Forum meet at our Library on the Third Wednesday of each month (with the exception of July and August when there is no meeting). Time: 7:30 pm

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Wednesday, May 17that 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 121st free and open meeting with Bronx artist Donald Gilligan presenting.  

 Donald J. Gilligan, an 80 year old lifelong Bronxite, discovered his artistic ability late in life.  After 12 years of retirement, he took his wife’s suggestion and enrolled in an oil painting class at  the Pelham Art Center, where he developed his skills in the last three years under the tutelage of Eleanor Miller.  Inspired by the French Impressionists, he finds the subjects for his paintings in the local community, as they did.  Most of his paintings depict scenes on nearby City Island.  When it comes to painting, City Island is Gilligan’s Island of choice.  He says: “Who needs Monhegan or Appledore Island when you have City Island so close by.” Mr. Gilligan has been an active founding member of the History Forum.  He has contributed his knowledge of Bronx history at many presentations, walking tours and events and has used this information when selecting his subjects. 
Mr. Gilligan will present and discuss his various works with some slide images and many original works.  Mr. Gilligan’s paintings will be familiar to all Bronxites, especially those from City Island, where many works are depicted.  Mr. Gilligan had a showing of his works at the Focal Point Gallery in 2015.  Many of his works went fast at the Focal Point Gallery, so get to the Huntington during the opening night.  Mr. Gilligan’s art will be on exhibit at the Huntington Free Library until August 31st.
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Painting: “City Island Antique Shop”  by Don Gilligan


SUNDAY   MAY 21st  3 PM

Kaycie Santiago – Preston H.S. Student – FREE –  Huntington/Havemeyer/ Preston Documentary

Ms. Santiago has used her research paper of the History of Preston H.S. back to the previous owners of the property, as well as her power point presentation and has now updated her work into a film documentary.   Please come out Sunday May 21st at 3pm and support one of our own!  
Kaycie…..PBS is calling !     Move over  Ken Burns



Saturday 4/29, 5/6 & 5/13 2017 – 7:30 pm

The Huntington Free Library premiered the 5 act staged play “T.R.U.T.H.” by Victor Vauban Junior. The play complements Mr. Vauban’s previous work, “It Is All About the Women”, showcased at the Huntington last year.  “T.R.U.T.H” addresses themes such as abandonment, loneliness, despair, urban violence, incarceration and the multiple faces of love in today’s society.  Mr. Vauban explains that the theme truth is “explored with skepticism not agnosticism and with more depth and a deeper sense of curiosity when perceptions and misunderstandings are added to the equation.” The play will continue its run Saturday April 29th, May 6th and May 13th at 7:30 pm with $10 tickets available through Eventbrite and at the door.  All donations will be applied to the Bill Twomey Scholastic Award and Kristopher “Morgan” Powell Photographic Art Awards.  Applications for the award program has been extended to June 1, 2017.
The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is located next to Apple Bank at 9 Westchester Square Bronx, NY.  Parking is free after 7 pm.