The Bronx County Historical Society
The Bronx County Historical Society, founded in 1955, is a private, non-profit, educational and cultural institution chartered by the NYS Board of Regents. The Society, the historical agency for The Bronx, a county of New York State and a borough of the city of New York, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, documentation and interpretation of the history of The Bronx from its earliest historical references in the 17th century through the present. The Society disseminates information to the general public, students, historians, urban planners and staff of other museums and libraries on the historical, social and economic development of The Bronx. It utilizes its collections in exhibitions, both in-house and traveling, historical research, production of publications, educational and cultural programming, and in the operation of a research library, The Bronx County Archives and two historic houses as museums, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage and the Valentine-Varian House/Museum of Bronx History.