2003-09-26 / Community

Broad Channel Historical Day Set For October 5

Broad Channel Historical Day Set For October 5

The Historical Society of the Broad Channel Civic Association will sponsor the Ninth Annual Historical Day on Sunday, October 5, at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel from noon to 5 p.m.

This annual event traditionally draws people not only from the island community of Broad Channel, but from all over the area as well.

The public is invited to view the impressive collection, largely donated by past and present residents of the "Venice of New York," the only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay. The town’s history is told in pictures, newspaper articles, documents, letters, written reminiscences, and video and audio interviews.

Those who attend the historical day can read about the 40-year struggle of residents to buy the land that their homes were built upon from New York City, as well as speak to Kathy Louis, a long-time resident, who is writing a history of Broad Channel.

Copies of the 2004 Historical Calendar will be on sale. The cover is a postcard submitted by Queens historian and author Vincent Seyfried, and depicts Sporck’s Dance Hall, in 1912.

Residents of Broad Channel are encouraged to bring new material for the collection. Original pictures and documents will be copied and returned to the donors.

Local artists such as Arlene Cornell, Denis Macrae and Michael Tubridy will be invited to exhibit their works depicting Broad Channel. Paintings and photographs will be available for sale.

The Broad Channel Historical Collection, housed in the town library, has been microfilmed by the Queensborough Public Library and is available for viewing at the main branch in Jamaica.

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