BHC Special Events/Announcements

Bridgeport Cultural Arts Center Project

Sunday, February 19 - June 30, 2017

12:00 am

The ABCD Cultural Arts Center was a creative and social hub of Bridgeport in the 1960s and 70s.  The Arts Center occupied a space at the intersection of visual arts and music,  and politics and community activism.  Thanks to a generous grant from the CT Humanities Council,  the BHC is organizing an exhibition and public programming celebrating the Arts Center.  If you have memories of the Arts Center we would like to hear from you.   Please call 203-576-7400 #7, and leave your name and a number where you can be contacted.

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Genealogy Basics Workshop – Comes to Black Rock Branch in March

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Genealogy Basics – New Location for March!
Experienced family history researcher Elizabeth Anderson will cover the basic “how to’s” for getting started on researching your family roots.

Location:  Black Rock Branch, 3455 Madison Avenue
Contact:   (203) 576-7003

A Decisive Day: April 6th, 1917

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a lecture on the entry of the USA into Word War I.  Mark Albertson, Norwalk Community College Professor and Army Aviation Magazine Editor will examine this momentous event that change the nation’s history forever.   Light refreshments served.

BHC News

BHC Events & Regular Monthly Programming

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started
Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Memoir Writing Class
Memoir Writing Class

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Genealogy Roundtable
Genealogy Roundtable

Thursday, April 20, 2017

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started
Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Genealogy Roundtable
Genealogy Roundtable

Thursday, May 18, 2017

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Memoir Writing Class
Memoir Writing Class

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started
Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

BHC Exhibits on display

Heroes and Villains
The Charles Cooper: The Only Surviving American Packet Ship

The Night Broadway Joe Brought His Act to Bridgeport

By Andy Piascik

There’s an old expression in Broadway theatrical circles that goes something like “Everything outside of New York is just Bridgeport.” Perhaps Broadway Joe Namath felt that way when he travelled to the Park City in 1967, perhaps not. But on one summer evening nearly 50 years ago, Bridgeport hosted an exhibition football game featuring the flamboyant Namath and the up-and-coming New York Jets.

Films

Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 1, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.

This is the first segment of four reels of 8mm film taken during the first year of the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, 1949.

This segment begins with a long shot of the stature of P.T. Barnum located at Seaside Park. The photographer pans from the statue toward Long Island Sound where a strip of beach with sunbathers and park visitors strolling along a walkway are visible. As the camera faces east looking across the Sound toward Stratford, the Bridgeport Harbor Lighthouse is visible for a few frames.

Bridgeport at War
Viola Louise Smith Bridgeforth

Viola Louise Smith Bridgeforth: Making the Most From Extraordinary Times

By Mary K. Witkowski,
Editor: Ann Marie Virzi

In her 99 years on earth, Viola Bridgeforth, born in 1897, lived through many if not most of the profound changes that African-Americans and women in general experienced in the 20th century. Through all the changes, Viola Bridgeforth remained steadfastly focused on what mattered.

Architecture

Jose DeRivera

Most residents of Connecticut, when considering who were the earliest immigrants to this State naturally think mostly of the European countries.  If you asked anyone when the first Puerto Rican immigrant came to Connecticut, they would say, ” probably the 1950’s.”

Bridgeport at Work

Art Selleck: A Tribute to a Fireman Historian 1920-2004

By Rob Novak, Bridgeport Fireman

Arthur “Art” H. Selleck was born in Bridgeport in 1920, living there for five years before moving to Nichols. He attended Harding High School in the Park City,  since Trumbull had no High School at the time.  He would later recall witnessing a house fire as a youth in Nichols,

Women

Kathleen Moore, 1812-1899

By:  Mary K. Witkowski

The story of Kate Moore, the lighthouse keeper who kept the lights aglow in Black Rock Harbor is a wonderful tale of the sea of long ago.

In 1817, Captain Stephen Moore was injured while unloading goods from a ship.  Stephen then applied for a job through the United States Lighthouse service as a lighthouse keeper. He was given the position as the Keeper of the Fayerweather Lighthouse.

African American Heritage

Margaret E. Morton: 1924 – March 10, 2012

By Mary Witkowski

In these days of analyzing confusing elections and examining consequential figures in our past, people who cleared a path for our future stand out.  Margaret E. Morton had an extraordinary career in Connecticut politics that was sparked by her role in a Bridgeport neighborhood issue.  In the early 1970’s, she and other East End residents had asked the city to install a stop sign at the site of frequent accidents. Their request was rejected by the city, symptomatic of a growing chasm between white city leaders and East End’s black residents.

Maritime

Kathleen Moore, 1812-1899

By:  Mary K. Witkowski

The story of Kate Moore, the lighthouse keeper who kept the lights aglow in Black Rock Harbor is a wonderful tale of the sea of long ago.

In 1817, Captain Stephen Moore was injured while unloading goods from a ship.  Stephen then applied for a job through the United States Lighthouse service as a lighthouse keeper. He was given the position as the Keeper of the Fayerweather Lighthouse.