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Mar

20

4/6/17 – Lecture “Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War”

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Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War

Base Hospital 48, Mars-sur-Allier, France

The wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War required a new level of medical care. Roosevelt Island’s Metropolitan Hospital played a role as one of a number of American hospitals that sent doctors, nurses and other staff members to run base hospitals in Europe during World War I

Presented by Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society

at the

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I on April 6, 1917 and is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. The event is FREE and open to the public.

It is the second in the Society’s annual series of spring lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of our Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.

For more information, please visit www.rihs.us

Mar

7

March 19 -Tour of the Three New Second Avenue Subway Stations

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The 72nd Street Station features the work of mosaic artist Vik Muniz.

Photo credit: Judith Berdy.

If You Missed Our First Tour:
Join the Roosevelt Island Historical Society
on a Tour of the Three New Second Avenue Subway Stations
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Meet at 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Island Subway Station
Suggested Donation: $15.00

On Sunday, March 19, Roosevelt Island Historical Society president Judy Berdy will lead an encore tour of the three new Second Avenue Subway Stations: 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets.

This is a wonderful opportunity to admire the artwork and innovation of this dramatic expansion of public transportation.

Meet at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th at the Roosevelt Island Subway Station, in the waiting area on the upper level, just past the turnstile.

Reservations requested. E-mail rihistory@gmail.com

or call 212-688-4836or 917-744-3721.

www.rihs.us

Mar

4

Save April 30th for the Great Springtime Tour

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Save the date for:

Great Spring Time Tour:

Roosevelt Island Historical Society

9th Annual Cherry Blossom Walk

Saturday, April 30th

11 a.m.

Tour leaves from the Visitor Center

Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island

 Suggested Donation: $15.00 adults/seniors

Reservations requested: rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com

or

212-688-4836

www.rihs.us

Feb

21

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Sponsors Lectures at NYPL

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NORTH BROTHER ISLAND:

THE LAST UNKNOWN PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY

With Christopher Payne

Travel to a place frozen in time: North Brother Island, which few have heard of, sits in the East River between The Bronx and Riker’s IslandChristopher Payne, photographer, will explore the colorful past, present, and future of this island in a lecture.

New York Public Library Branch
524 Main Street on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, March 2, 2016
at 6:30 p.m.

North Brother Island once was the site of Riverside Hospital, a quarantine hospital originally situated on Blackwell’s Island, and later to residences for veterans, and finally a juvenile drug treatment center. Today, it is a wildlife sanctuary, home to the Black-crowned Night Heron and nature is reclaiming the abandoned buildings.  It is closed to the public and Payne was granted permission by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to photograph and document the island.

Learn about the notorious past (residents included Typhoid Mary) and view spectacular photographs at Payne’s lecture, sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

This is the first in a series of spring lectures sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

            The event is FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

 

Nov

27

Free Lecture – GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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with

Jeff Richman, Historian of Green-wood Cemetery
at the
New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, December 8th  at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Learn about the final resting place of 570,000 permanent residents, where the 178-year- old cemetery has been and where it is going. Jeff Richman will talk about the landscape design, trees, sculptures, buildings and more.  We will see 19th century photographs along with contemporary images.

The lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, and supported by Riverwalk Point and Rivercross Tenants’ Corporation.   It is the fourth in a series of fall lectures sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

All lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. at the NYPL branch at 524 Main Street. 

Save the dates below for our spring 2017 lecture series. Please send your suggestions for lecture topics to  rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com or call 212-688-4836.  

Thursday, March 2

Thursday, April 6

Thursday, May 4

Thursday, June 8

These events are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

www.rihs.us
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Nov

9

February 2017 Edition of Blackwell’s Almanac Available

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Click on the link to view the PDF

February 2017 Blackwell’s Almanac 

Nov

2

Our next Free Lecture – Madison Square: The Vibrant History of a Unique City Center

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture

Madison Square: The Vibrant History of a Unique City Center

by Miriam Berman, Author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

 

An engraving by T. Schussler, A Rainy Night, Madison Square, depicts a small triangular plot of land formed by the crossing of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street. This night scene from about the early 1880s features a one-story building upon which sits a screen, onto which is projected by magic lantern a simple pronouncement: The Center of the United States — Here.

Let us take a look at this site and the immediate environs of Madison Square Park and its architectural treasures. Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks, will introduce the numerous personalities who were inspired to create some of their finest work in this dynamic neighborhood in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, and supported by Riverwalk Point and Rivercross Tenants’ Corporation.  It is the third in a series of fall lectures sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. All lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. at the NYPL branch at 524 Main Street.

Save the date below for the remaining lecture in the series:

12/8/16        Green-Wood After 178 Years: Past, Present and Future

These  events are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

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Aug

24

NYPL Fall 2016 Lecture Series Begins September 8, 2016

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“The East River – The Heart of New York”

The Hudson may be the road to the ‘Inland Empire,’ as the Midwest was once called, but it was on the East River where New York lived and worked. This talk, by Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, covers the waterway that extends from Governors Island to Fort Totten.

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Join us at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New York Public Library Branch

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

All programs are free and open to the public.

www.rihs.us

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May

3

Celebrate the Roosevelt Island Tram’s 40th Anniversary

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Click the link for the full flyer 2016 May CELBRATE TRAM 40

Mar

15

Spring Lecture Series Continues on Tuesday, April 12

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society

supported by Amalgamated Bank

and New York Public Library

Presents 2016 Spring Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 12th

6:30 p.m.

CHILDBIRTH IN 19TH- CENTURY AMERICA:

THE ROLE OF CHARITY HOSPITAL:

Lecture on Roosevelt Island

For centuries, Childbirth was a dangerous experience, for both women and their babies. In the 19th century, midwives, nurses and doctors at Charity Hospital, which operated on Roosevelt Island until 1957, were recognized as leaders/pioneers in making childbirth a safe experience. Janet Brickman, Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, will describe some of their practices in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island.

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All programs are free and open to the public.

New York Public Library Branch

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

www.rihs.us