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, April 18that 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 129th free and open meeting – “The Pelham Bay Naval Training Station 1917 – 1919 “

The East Bronx History Forum meets to discuss Bronx History and held its first meeting on June 16, 2005.   The Forum is pleased to have a special presenter, Dr. Mark D. Van Ells who has long studied U.S. military history.  Dr. Van Ells has a turned his focus on an unknown military base that was established in 1917, right in Pelham Bay Park. The Pelham Bay Naval Training Station had sailors marching as far as the eye can see.  In fact, over 80,000 sailors went through Pelham Bay.  Do you know which two Oscar winning actors trained at Pelham Bay?   
Mark D. Van Ells is Professor of History at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. A native of the Badger State, Dr. Van Ells received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin and served as Archivist/Historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison from 1994 to 1998.  He interviewed 200 veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War I to Somalia for the Wisconsin Veterans Oral History Program.
Mr. Van Ells authored To Hear Only Thunder Again: America’s World War II Veterans Come Home (2001) and Wisconsin (2009), a traveler’s guide to the Badger State and its historic sites and he is currently writing a history of the 32nd Infantry Division during World War II.
If you missed the February presentation, on display is over 50 historic beer and soda bottles from the years 1860 – 1920.
All meetings are free and open to the public at The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, located at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx NY, next to the Apple Bank.  Parking is free after 7 pm.   Please view the East Bronx History Forum web page at for details, or follow us on Facebook.  Please join us at 7:30 pm, Wednesday March 21st.



 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.