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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.

Open House

Celebrating our first anniversary at the H.H. Biddle House with a reception and opening of new exhibit: Time in a Bottle. 

Beginning in March, SATURDAYS, 10-3pm, or by appointment:

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. 

To make an appointment, please call 718-887-9125 or email 

SATURDAYS, dawn to dusk
Alice's Garden
Reopening of Alice's Garden (terra cotta sculpture garden) with new ornamental sculpture (side lawn)

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1-4pm
Strike Up the Band, Mr. D!
A nostalgic exhibit of P.S. 1 Colonial Marching Band memorabilia with band founder and director Frank DeJulio.

Biddle House Mid-19th Century Kitchen Garden
A collaborative project and exhibit of period farm tools and kitchen enamelware.

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.

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., Feb. 10           Staten Island Calamities (with Pat Salmon)

Catastrophes that have occurred in and around Staten Island: the sinking of the Mohawk yacht in 1876; the Westfield ferry explosion in 1871; the New Street building collapse in New Brighton; the mid-air plane collision of 1960 over New Dorp; the LNG tank explosion; the crash of the Sea Witch and Esso Brussels; and others.

Sun., March 10      The Irish of Staten Island! (with Pat Salmon)

Fascinating facts on the Irish and Irish-American residents of Staten Island.  Discussion will include scholars, rebels, educators, politicians and the legacies they left, as well as important events in Irish- American history that relate to Staten Island.

Sun., April 28          Famous People of Staten Island (with Pat Salmon)

A look at the influential people who have inspired, guided and changed the borough and beyond. Frederick Law Olmsted, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Antonio Meucci, Dorothy Day, Paul Castellano, David Johansen, Pete Davidson and others will be highlighted.

Sun., May 19      Historic Movie Houses & Movies Made on Staten Island (with Pat Salmon)

A discussion, slide show and film clips focusing on movie palaces of the past and movies made on Staten Island. The Godfather I and II, Working Girl, Goodfellas, Two Family House, School of Rock and others will be discussed, as will such historic treasures as the Saint George, Ritz, Paramount, Palace, Stadium, Capital, Liberty, and Empire theatres. Don’t forget the Drive-In!

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