BHS will unveil a new portable exhibit on Bayside history in conjunction with a discussion on the Queensboro Bridge by guest speaker Richard Melnick. The event is open to the entire community. Mr. Melnick, who is president of the Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS), will discuss why the Queensboro Bridge had an immediate and profound effect on the development of Queens upon its opening in 1909. He will also show images from the GAHS book, The Queensboro Bridge, written with the Roosevelt Island Historical Society as part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Series. During the event, BHS will also introduce its new installation: a series of 10 panels that document different, but interrelated, aspects of Bayside's history. Because the panels are retractable, the exhibit is essentially portable, thereby allowing its seamless incorporation into BHS educational initiatives. The project was funded by the Queens Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Light refreshments will be served at the event, which is free for BHS members. There is a $3 suggested donation for non-members. To reserve, call 718-352-1548. (lampbane)
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