The East Bronx History Forum will host their final lecture of 2011 on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 pm at the Huntington Free Library located at 9 Westchester Square . The library is adjacent to the Apple Bank for Savings just south of Benson Street and across the street from Owen Dolen Park . It is a landmarked building well worth a visit in and of itself.
This month's meeting will feature noted maritime historian Norman J. Brouwer, the world renowned author of several books including the "International Register of Historic Ships." This major work has become known as the bible for ship enthusiasts and is currently in its third edition. Brouwer has lectured throughout the world and always draws a great crowd so it's advisable to come early as seating is limited. He will be speaking about the ships that immigrants came over to America on, both sail and steam, from the Mayflower through the 1960's.
The History Forum meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Huntington Free Library and the meetings are open to the general public and there is no admittance fee. Interested parties are encouraged to check their website at www.bronxnyc.com where both past and upcoming events and speakers may be viewed. Each month features new and exciting topics and well-versed speakers. City Island was featured last month and Deborah Wye will speak on the history of the Orchard Beach Pavilion in January. Mark your calendars now and start the new year off by learning something new about the Bronx each month.
You may call the librarian, Mrs. Catherine McChesney, at 718 - 829-7770 to obtain further directions or to confirm that there are no cancellations in the event of inclement weather.