Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CIHP Commemorates the Dreamland Fire Centennial

Allow us to re-introduce the Coney Island History Project, a not-for-profit whose mission statement is "to increase awareness of Coney Island's legendary and colorful past and to encourage appreciation of the Coney Island neighborhood of today."

In keeping with its mission, the Public Exhibition Center, an extension of the CIHP located near the Wonder Wheel, opens for the season on May 28th with a large focus on the catastrophic fire that destroyed Dreamland on May 27th, 1911. It will include historic photos of Dreamland, as well as a number of interesting artifacts and films.

In addition, the Coney Island History Project is announcing a series of walking tours of the historic landmarks and current attractions of the amusement area. These tours will be led weekends and holidays through Labor Day.

To specifically commemorate the Dreamland Fire Centennial this weekend, there will be special walking tours led by Coney Island historian Charles Denson, who is noted for his publication Coney Island: Lost and Found.

To make walking tour reservations and to learn more about CIHP's mission, visit the Coney Island History Project's website.