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, September 19th. at 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 132nd free and open meeting – ” Wealthy Horsemen of the Bronx & Woodlawn “
The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will open our 15th season and 132nd meeting on Wednesday, September 19th. 2018. The East Bronx History Forum meets to discuss Bronx History, with all meetings free and open to the public.
This is a very special time for the Huntington Free Library as we renovate and enhance your visit to the Library. Collis P. Huntington, a railroad tycoon, with his Southern Pacific Railroad expanded the building and held a grand opening on October 17, 1891. Mr. Huntington and his wife Arabella enjoyed their Throggs Neck summer home, “The Homestead” which is currently the home of Preston High School. Mr. Huntington joins a long list of men of wealth who built large estates in the Bronx. They would travel the Bronx by horse coach. Many extended their love of horses by acquiring or investing in racehorses or racetracks. The Bronx had three famous tracks, Fleetwood Park, Jerome Park and Morris Park.
Many of these wealthy horsemen made their final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery. The East Bronx History Forum is pleased to have Susan Olsen, Director of Historical Services at Woodlawn lecture and present details of the life and their grand mausoleums.
Susan Olsen, after many years at Woodlawn has established herself as the go to person regarding objects, monuments, ornamentals and the history of the deceased at the cemetery. Ms. Olsen was chief of the Bureau of Historical Museums in Florida and the director of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope Leighey House in Virginia. Woodlawn recently celebrated their 150th anniversary and provides many walking tours and events through the Woodlawn Conservancy.