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, June 21stat 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 122st free and open meeting with its 8th Annual Bronx Antique Road Show

The East Bronx History Forum meets to discuss Bronx History and held its first meeting June 2005.  The 8th Annual Bronx Antique Road Show will be the Forum’s 122nd meeting.  All meetings are free and open to the public at The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, located at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx, NY.
Please arrive early and get a seat up front and avoid the crowd.
Members and guests that participate in the Antique Road Show will have one or two items from their Bronx collection or family history available for exhibit and discussion.  The members will talk about how they acquired the item, its age and its Bronx connection to history.  Participants may bring an object or provide documents, newspaper articles and photographs for display.  Trivia Time: Date of the Huntington Free Library cornerstone?  Find out at the meeting.
This will be the last monthly meeting of the season, with the East Bronx History Forum returning on September 20, 2017.  The EBHF will lead a walking tour during the summer months, and The Huntington Free Library will continue a Bronx Art Exhibit by local artist Don Gilligan.    Please view the East Bronx History Forum web page at for details and follow us on Facebook 


 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


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.