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For more than a decade the Tottenville Historical Society has been organizing and presenting public exhibitions, programs, walking tours and informal discussion groups. 

All programs at the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee St., unless noted. 

Ongoing exhibits: 

Time in a Bottle
A rare collection of antique Staten Island bottles. Compare the different sizes, shapes, and colors, and learn some key facts about determining their age, use, and, of course, their history.  

Howat Ceramics: A Timeless Legacy
A collection of fine porcelain figurines and home decor itemss created in Tottenville, 1930s-1960s. 

Alice's Garden
Reopening of Alice's Garden (terra cotta sculpture garden) with new ornamental sculpture (side lawn). Open during regular Park hours, dawn to dusk.

Upcoming exhibits: 

Fun in the Sun!
A retrospective exhibit highlighting the history of Conference House Park’s vibrant shoreline in the 20th century. Location: Lenape Gallery, Visitor Center, 298 Satterlee St. Mid-July through mid-August.

We are pleased to sponsor the following events arranged and led by Patricia Salmon, Staten Island author, educator and historian.
Place: H.H. Biddle House, 70 Satterlee St. Time: 2pm. Registration by email to Cost: $8/pp in support of the Tottenville Historical Society. PAYMENT BY CHECK OR CREDIT CARD ONLY.

Sun., July 7, 2pm           Beach Life: From South Beach to Tottenville! 

A history of the beach communities that flourished on Staten Island. Take a trip back in time to the summers of fun that were experienced at South and Midland Beaches, Cedar Grove, Tottenville, Prince’s Bay and other shoreline havens. Historic hotels, amusements, beer gardens, and more will be highlighted.

Sun., Aug. 11, 2pm         Abandoned Staten Island

Our borough was the location for many facilities, factories, estates, and institutions from the early 1800's through the 1980's, that are now abandoned. We will look at the former Seaman’s Retreat (recently Bayley Seton Hospital), the Farm Colony and Sea View Hospital property, the old S.R. Smith Infirmary/Staten Island Hospital, several forgotten cemeteries, and the desolate locations left behind by the former New York State Quarantine Department. Facts about these sites, their history, and their demise will be discussed.

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Chronology report

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