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.
- Sun, Oct 31Bayside Historical SocietyWaterfront 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. Check in at 7:30am; start at 9:00am. Get more details!
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!
Remembering Celebrations Past
Although this year's fireworks event at Fort Totten cannot proceed as scheduled, we at Bayside Historical Society are cheering ourselves up with the memory of past celebrations that we have shared with all of you. Here is a little taste of the fun while we dream about next year!
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 “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
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: Bell Family Collection
We continue our “From the Archives” series with a brand-new 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.
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.
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.]
Holiday Baking Blast from the Past
Bayside Historical Society presents a special feature for the holidays: A selection of vintage baking recipes from the 1920 Bayside Woman’s Club Cookbook, chosen by the BHS staff.
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!
Bayside: The Actors’ Enclave
Watch our video presentation of "Bayside: The Actors’ Enclave," a 2016 exhibit at Bayside Historical Society. Get a glimpse into the glamorous Bayside of the early 1900s, when it was home to over 100 actors, producers, and theater owners!