2010-09-24 / Community

Broad Channel To Host Historical Day

Air raid wardens in the Broad Channel community during World War II. Air raid wardens in the Broad Channel community during World War II. The Historical Society of the Broad Channel Civic Association will sponsor Historical Day on Sunday, October 3, at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel, from noon until 5 p.m.

The public is invited to view the impressive collection, thanks to the generosity of past and present residents of Broad Channel. The town’s history is told in pictures, newspaper articles, documents, letters, written reminiscences and video interviews with longtime residents. Exhibits will include The Fight Against the TBTAToll, The 40-Year Struggle to Buy Our Land, Sports Teams Over the Years, Weiss Restaurant, the former St. Virgilius School, PS 47, Storms, Bars, In Defense of Our Country, Yacht and Boat Clubs, and Mardi Gras.

The 2011 Historical Calendar, which gives times of high tide (very important if you live in Broad Channel) will be on sale. The cover features an aerial view of Broad Channel and Jamaica Bay taken from an NYPD helicopter in 1963. Also on sale will be the book Broad Channel by Liz and Dan Guarino, one of the latest picture books in the Images of America series by Arcadia Press. The authors will be available to autograph their book.

Residents are encouraged to bring new material for the collection. Original pictures and documents will be copied and returned to donors. The Broad Channel Historical Collection, housed in the town library, has also been microfilmed by the Queens Borough Public Library and is available for viewing at the main branch in Jamaica.

The work of the Historical Committee was started by resident Dan Mundy and aided by grants from State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, former State Senator Ada Smith, and current State Senator Shirley Huntley. For further information, contact Barbara Toborg at 718-474-1127.

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