2011-04-22 / Milestones

Rockaway History Program Set For 5/1

By Kahalia Solano

Every summer, thousands of people flock to Rockaway for fun in the sand and surf, but few have any idea of the richness of the peninsula’s past.

In fact, the same could be said of the 120,000 people who live in Rockaway allyear round.

The peninsula once drew millions of visitors and served as the East Coast’s premier beach resort. Now, both Rockaway residents and visitors can find out about the peninsula’s past glory.

On Sunday May 1 at 1:00 pm, at the Rockaway Artists Alliance Studio 6 Gallery at Fort Tilden The RAA and NPS ranger Bernie Feur will present the story of Rockaway from its beginnings, using images of old Rockaway.

Those in attendance will learn about two villains who destroyed Rockaway’s way of life, the first family and the first visitors.

They will also learn such fun facts as the connection John L. Chaplin, the first heavyweight boxing champion, Charlie Chaplin, and Mae West had to Rockaway.

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