Saturday, November 29, 2008
Blackwell door dedication
On Monday December 1, 2008 at 7 PM a very historic event will take place within our community at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Opening that night is a new exhibit, "The Revolutionary War in Queens" featuring the original door from the Jacob Blackwell House.
The British confiscated the Blackwell House (formerly at the foot of 37th Avenue at the East River) during the Revolution. To signify its confiscation, the door was branded with an arrow that is still evident. The home was razed in 1901 and the door left our community for parts unknown. Since the 1950's, it has been stored in the Brooklyn Museum who earlier this year transferred it back to the our community.
Attending that evening will be descendant David Blackwell who will officially turn the key over the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The evening will also be the annual holiday party with special guest Natalia Paruz, the Sawlady.
The Greater Astoria Historical Society is located at 35-20 Broadway in Long Island City on the 4th floor. For additional information please contact 718-278-0700 or visit www.astorialic.org.