Upcoming Events

Performances, lectures, activities, social gatherings, family programs, and local events engage visitors at the Castle, and cultivate appreciation for our area’s historic and cultural resources. 
 
Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
  • Online Concert: Finn & His Rustkickers
    Wed, Sep 22
    Online Event
    Join BHS for a free virtual concert starring New York-based rock/punk/skronk/country/ska/ noise band Finn & His Rustkickers — recorded live at the Castle in Fort Totten. Click below to watch the show!
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  • Open House New York
    Sat, Oct 16
    Virtual Event
    Join Bayside Historical Society as we participate online in the Open House New York Weekend with a special expanded Virtual Tour of our landmarked 1887 Castle.
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  • 20th Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race & Kids' Fun Run
    Sun, Oct 31
    Bayside Historical Society
    Waterfront course through historic Fort Totten and along Little Bay Park to the Throgs Neck Bridge. "Kids' Fun Run:" Short distance sprint for tiny tots & kids up to 12 years. Get more details and register now!
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  • BHS Vintage Car Show 2021
    Sun, Nov 07
    Bayside Historical Society
    Ride back in time with our classic car show! A variety of vintage and antique automobiles will be showcased on the lawn of the Castle.
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Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we are suspending our public opening hours until further notice. In the meantime, enjoy browsing through the following virtual presentations!
 
The Van Riper Celebrity Map

The Van Riper “Celebrity Map”

 

The Bayside Historical Society Archivist has recently acquired an exciting resource: A "Celebrity Map" distributed by Thomas Van Riper Realtors in 1985 that details the places of residence for celebrities and politicians in the Bayside/Flushing area. He digitally captured the map for everyone to enjoy — read more about his acquisition in the latest entry of his "Tales From the Archives" blog.

"One Man's Bayside" Film

One Man's Bayside

 

Bayside Historical Society presents "One Man's Bayside," a short film from the 1960s about Bayside's history featuring narration from a member of the Bell Family, Mr. Brinton Bell. Enjoy shots of historical records and photographs from our Archives in this amazing video and learn about the local history of various locations dotting the Bayside neighborhood in this fascinating production.

Educational Videos for Students K and Up

Educational Videos for Students K and Up

 

We invite you to take a peek at what the Bayside Historical Society education program has to offer in this series of free videos for grades K-5, made by our wonderful BHS instructors.

The Highley Varlet Podcast

The “Total Clarity” Podcast Episode 40

 

In this latest episode of the Highley Varlet Podcast, Bayside Historical Society President Paul DiBenedetto talks about the history and mission of BHS, about landmarking and preservation, and about how BHS has been moving forward through these challenging times.

Virtual 360 Tour of the Castle

Virtual 360 Tour of the Castle

 

If you can't come to the Castle, we'll bring the Castle to you! We invite you to take a virtual tour of Bayside Historical Society and experience our landmarked Gothic Revival-style building in 360 degrees! You can view our virtual tour from your desktop computer or mobile device.

From the Archives: Bayside American Legion Collection

From the Archives: Bayside American Legion Collection

 

This online exhibit is a collection of historical memorabilia from the American Legion Post 510 of Bayside, including rare scrapbooks, photographs, periodicals and more. Special thanks to Joan and Robert Firmery, whose father was past commander Arthur Firmery, for their contributions to this exhibit.

From the Archives: Bell Family Collection

From the Archives: Bell Family Collection

 

We continue our “From the Archives” series with an online exhibit on the Bell Family of Bayside. The Bells settled in Bayside in the early 1800s and established themselves as a family dedicated to the town’s improvement and quality of life for its residents. Browse the different themed mini galleries about the Bell Family in BHS's digital collections.

Bayside Yacht Club Exhibit

Video Tour: Bayside Yacht Club Exhibit

 

Bayside Live TV presents a video series of Bayside Historical Society's "From the Archives: Bayside Yacht Club" exhibit, which showcases documents, artifacts, photographs, and other archival materials from the Bayside Yacht Club collection.

Vintage Postcards of Bayside, New York

Vintage Postcards of Bayside, New York

 

Bayside Historical Society's exclusive online collection features early 20th Century postcards of Bayside from our archival collection. Browse through to discover which places still exist today!

Free Online Jigsaw Puzzle

Online Jigsaw Puzzle from Jigsaw Explorer

 

Have fun creating a free online jigsaw puzzle of the BHS Castle! Click the button to enter the Jigsaw Explorer interface. Our puzzle contains 63 pieces, but you can create more or fewer pieces by clicking the dotted square box in the center of your screen. [Jigsaw Explorer, copyright © 2020 Carolina Road Software.]