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History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park and the Coney Island History Project

Aug 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Celebrate historic Coney Island at the 6th Annual History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island’s oldest amusement park, and the Coney Island History Project. The free event will be held from 1-6 PM on Sunday, August 7.

2:00 PM – Coney Island Hall of Fame Ceremony, West 12th Street at the Boardwalk. The honorees include the Coney Island Boardwalk, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Gargiulo’s Restaurant and “The Wizards of 8th Street”

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: West 12 Street from the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park to the Boardwalk:
-Display of banners and kiosks celebrating Coney Island history and past Hall of Fame honorees
-David Head will sign copies of his book on African-American inventor Granville T. Woods (1856-1910), who was inducted into the Coney Island Hall of Fame in 2008
-Amanda Deutch, poet and founder of Parachute Literary Arts, will have a Poetry Making Station featuring vintage typewriters Letterpress posters with Walt Whitman and Muriel Rukeyser’s Coney Island poems will be for sale
-Commendatore Aldo Mancusi, founder of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America, will play his hand-cranked Hofbauer street organ from the museum. Crank a tune and receive a certificate commemorating History Day!
-DJ Dan Kingman will play retro tunes and lead singalongs throughout the day
-Keep an eye out for our stiltwalker for free balloons and salt water taffy while supplies last

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: At Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park and the Coney Island History Project:
-Dress in 1920s garb and get one Free Ride on the Wonder Wheel! The Wheel opens at 12:00 PM
-Walk inside the iconic 1960s Astroland Rocket
-Special display of historic figures and signage from the park’s classic 1955 Spook-A-Rama dark ride
-Share and preserve your Coney Island memories by recording an interview for The Coney Island History Project Oral History Archive. -View historic artifacts, photographs, maps, ephemera and film, and the special exhibit “The 50th Anniversary of Fred Trump’s Demolition of the Steeplechase Pavilion”
-Take free souvenir photos with old-timey cutouts at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park and with the Coney Island History Project’s “Skully” from Coney’s Spookhouse and an original Steeplechase horse from the legendary ride that gave Steeplechase Park its name


Aug 7, 2016
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Coney Island History Project


Coney Island History Project
3059 West 12 Street
Brooklyn, 11224 United States
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