The Coney Island History Project, founded in 2004, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that aims to increase awareness of Coney Island's legendary and colorful past and to encourage appreciation of the Coney Island neighborhood of today.
For information about programs and activities, or to become a member or volunteer email [email protected]
In 2011, the History Project moved to a new exhibition center on W 12th Street in the heart of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park. Since the Coney Island History Project's inception in 2004 with a portable recording booth on the Boardwalk, followed by the opening of the Coney Island Hall of Fame in 2005 and the inaugural season of our exhibition center under the Cyclone in 2007, we have proudly offered "Free Admission for One and All!" at our exhibits and events.
We are grateful to the Vourderis family for inviting us to set up history exhibits in locations around their park, and to the Albert family for their ongoing support as the History Project continues its mission of recording oral histories with people who lived, worked, and played in Coney Island. Come visit us at the Wonder Wheel in 2011!
Open from 1pm-7pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, and by appointment, the center presents a series of exhibits, events and performances, and displays historic artifacts from Coney Island's colorful past.
The Coney Island History Project's award-winning website features a free downloadable audio tour of Coney Island, an Oral History Audio Archive and a searchable online archive containing more than 1,000 images and items from our collection.
Visitors to our blog "Ask Mr. Coney Island" can ask questions about the area's past, present, and future. If you would like to receive a monthly e-newsletter "What's New in Coney?" featuring news and upcoming events in Coney Island please sign up on our website http://www.coneyislandhistory.org
Emphasizing community involvement, the Coney Island History Project teaches young people the techniques of oral history and develops programs in conjunction with local schools, museums, and other organizations.
The History Project’s executive director Charles Denson is a Coney Island native, a noted historian, and the author of the award-winning Coney Island: Lost and Found & Wild Ride: A Coney Island Roller Coaster Family.
Coney Island History Project, 3059 West 12 St near Boardwalk, Brooklyn NY 11224