2005-01-28 / Community

History Series Set For Fort Tilden

The National Park Service has announced that Gateway National Recreation Area’s Fort Tilden will host the Second Rockaway History Series. This series will feature lectures and slide shows prepared by park staff on a variety of historical topics, all significant to the development of the Rockaway community.

The programs will take place on successive Wednesday evenings in February at Fort Tilden’s Visitor Contact Station, in Building 1. All programs will begin at 7 p.m., and will last approximately 1 hour.

The first program, to be held on February 2, will cover Rockaway’s history during the 1930’s.

On February 9, Rockaway’s rail connections will be examined. February 16’s program will cover the history of the bridges that cross Jamaica Bay to the Rockaway Peninsula. The final program on February 23 will discuss the life of Samuel J. Tilden, the man for whom Fort Tilden is named. Admission for programs is free, though reservations are required. To make a reservation, or for more information on the series, call (718) 318 – 4300.

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