Poppenhusen Institute

Poppenhusen Institute Founded in 1868 by benefactor Conrad Poppenhusen, the Poppenhusen Institute continues to offer life-enhancing cultural, educational, and recreational programs to the community.

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Daniel Rosenthal
05/01/2019

Daniel Rosenthal

Reminder- FREE Paper Shredding

Join us this Sunday, May 5, 11 AM - 2 PM at the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point to save time and money on your spring cleaning. John C. Liu and I are teaming up to provide this free and secure shredding event to rid you of all that unwanted paper.

Please, feel free to contact my office for more information at 718-969-1508

09/28/2018
Timeline Photos
09/14/2018

Timeline Photos

Our previously canceled bus trip to the Alexander Hamilton Grange has a new date! Please see the flyer for details and h...
09/14/2018

Our previously canceled bus trip to the Alexander Hamilton Grange has a new date! Please see the flyer for details and help us spread the word!

Our Friends at First Reformed Church of College Point have a wonderful lineup of Third Sunday programs this fall/winter ...
08/31/2018

Our Friends at First Reformed Church of College Point have a wonderful lineup of Third Sunday programs this fall/winter season! All programs are free and open to the public so come to learn and grow as a community!

Get out of the house and into our Fall Plein Air Painting with our Paint Night instructor Linda Rufo! Details can be fou...
08/31/2018

Get out of the house and into our Fall Plein Air Painting with our Paint Night instructor Linda Rufo! Details can be found in the flyer. We hope to see you there!

Join the NYPD 109th Precinct for their Build the Block meeting September 19th at 7:30, and let your neighbors know!
08/31/2018

Join the NYPD 109th Precinct for their Build the Block meeting September 19th at 7:30, and let your neighbors know!

Please spread the word! We are looking for singers and songwriters to perform at our Café Night on January 19th 2019. An...
08/24/2018

Please spread the word! We are looking for singers and songwriters to perform at our Café Night on January 19th 2019. Anyone who is interested please follow the directions on the flyer. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to give us a call during our business hours (which can be found on our website). We look forward to hearing from the talent New York has to offer!

Join us Sunday September 9th at 1 PM for our 9/11 Rememberance Concert at the Poppenhusen Institute!
08/24/2018

Join us Sunday September 9th at 1 PM for our 9/11 Rememberance Concert at the Poppenhusen Institute!

Please spread the word, we are looking for craft or other vendors for our annual Oktoberfest! If you are interested plea...
08/03/2018

Please spread the word, we are looking for craft or other vendors for our annual Oktoberfest! If you are interested please get in touch with us via our contact information on the flyer, and if you know someone who may be interested please share this flyer with them!

Summer is almost over and what better time than this to plan your fall at the Poppenhusen! Join us at any (or all!) of o...
08/01/2018

Summer is almost over and what better time than this to plan your fall at the Poppenhusen! Join us at any (or all!) of our upcoming events!

Please join us for our Summer Plein Air Painting Program with our paint night instructor Linda Rufo! Please note: paymen...
06/27/2018

Please join us for our Summer Plein Air Painting Program with our paint night instructor Linda Rufo! Please note: payments for this event must be pre-paid at the Poppenhusen Institute; no payments will be accepted at MacNeil Park. We Hope to see you there!

Hello All! The Throwback in Time photo posted below is a photo of Mayer’s Boat Yard. The photo of the serene sunrise was...
01/19/2018

Hello All! The Throwback in Time photo posted below is a photo of Mayer’s Boat Yard. The photo of the serene sunrise was taken on June 1976. The boatyard was located at 20-08 119th Street College Point. Boating had become a way of life and Flushing Bay was filled with an array of motorboats. In 1959, the Transco II docked at Mayer’s which completed a transcontinental crossing. The 19 foot Glasspar cruiser was powered by a twin installation of 35 hp Evinrude Larks visiting 80 ports, passing through 17 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Emil Mayer Sr. had been building boats from small d***s to large yachts for years forming Mayer Boat Works. His son’s passion for the sea led Emil Jr. to racing motor boats crafted by his father. Emil Jr. was a former career man in the Navy. The family’s passion for motor boat racing led Emil Jr. to compete in the Eastern regattas in a clinker boat built by his father. Emil was the local dealer in College Point for Evinrude. In 1934, he entered in the Trenton to Philadelphia Marathon with an Evinrude C finishing seventeenth place out of sixty boats in the race. The following year, he competed in a Johnson 32 in the Class C and it was at this race where he started to abandon his boat after finishing a race. Emil met his match for marriage when he married Ms. Dorothy Kuhn in 1941. Ms. Mayer was the only female to compete in motor boat racing in the Albany Marathon in 1941. Mayer and his wife raced alongside in the Fast Time Class F event in 1948. He finished in third place. Ms. Kuhn Mayer was one of the most active drivers on the racing circuit as early as 1925. She won five times against a seldom beaten racing champ, Don Whitfield in 1948.

Out of the multitude of boat yards and marinas that once occupied our shoreline we believe that the only ones still operating are the College Point and Williamsburg Yacht Club. Today, much comradery is shared among the old waters of Mayer’s as boat owners dock at Arrow Yacht Club located at 22-04 119th Street. Life around the bay is celebrated at Arrow from a summer beach party, birthday, Tiki party, and even Halloween, a treasure of College Point!

Written by D.F.P, the Poppenhusen Institute’s Archivist.
Source:
Popular Boating, January 1960, Vol. 7, No.1, 90.
Motor Boating Magazine, September 1950, Vol. 86, No. 3, 58, 60.

Throwback in Time with this serene photo! Can you tell us where this is? Let us know in the Comments.
11/22/2017

Throwback in Time with this serene photo! Can you tell us where this is? Let us know in the Comments.

Good Day All. The answer to Tuesday’s Throwback in Time on 11/7/17 is the location of the Poppenhusen Institute’s outdoo...
11/14/2017

Good Day All. The answer to Tuesday’s Throwback in Time on 11/7/17 is the location of the Poppenhusen Institute’s outdoor garden. Hope you found some familiar faces!

The photo was taken by photographer Tony Scatena on June 1968 at the Institute’s traditional annual clam bake. A reminiscence of the clam bakes of the late 1800s when beer gardens, park lands, and summer clam bakes captured a crowd of a thousand and more! A whistle stop to Joseph Witzel’s Point View Island and Donnelly’s Grove. People were attracted to the summer activities College Point offered swimming, fishing and clamming. Clam Bakes were held at the Institute from 1960s to early 1970s keeping the long Island tradition of bake outings and friendly gatherings. The Institute continues to bring summer concerts and an Oktoberfest in the garden to College Point through our generous supporters Welsbach Electric, Pepsi Cola Canada Dry, Con Edison and NY Community Bank. Featured below is a photo of one of the German dancers from Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant & Catering at this year’s Oktoberfest held at the Institute’s outdoor garden on September 23, 2017.

A special thank you to Councilman Paul Vallone and State Senator Tony Avella, who continue to support the mission of Conrad Poppenhusen, “offering the people life enhancing, cultural, recreational, and educational programs either for free or at a nominal fee.”

Written by D.F.P, the Poppenhusen Institute’s Archivist

In giving Thanks to our Veterans, the Poppenhusen Institute would like to share the mission of the American Legion Posts...
11/11/2017

In giving Thanks to our Veterans, the Poppenhusen Institute would like to share the mission of the American Legion Posts of Queens County: To implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace, and blessings for our country, friends, and families by preserving the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars through upholding and defending the constitution of the United States of America.

Oscar Ammann, Post 853 located in College Point was incorporated in December 1937 and is part of the American Legion. The Legion was formed by officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. Service men of College Point wanted a place to share their experiences and support the welfare of the town residents who helped them through Red Cross and Liberty Loan Drives. When more than 400 service men gathered at the Poppenhusen Institute on June 9, 1919 to elect a temporary chairman and secretary, the formation of the College Point Veterans of the World War began. The organization sought to affiliate itself on a national level. In obtaining a charter to qualify as a post, the national organization required that all the names of the service men should be typed written and placed beside the charter. It was decided by a unanimous vote that the name of the post should be in honor of the first man killed in action from College Point and therefore, the post was named Oscar Ammann. The Private was born on August 17, 1899 and served in the 165th Infantry, Co. F and was killed in action on March 7, 1918 at the Battlefield of France.

The Queens County American Legion family consists of 28 posts throughout Queens and has over 3,000 members. The Queens Legion supports St. Albans Veteran’s Hospital, the New York State Nursing Veterans Home and active service members in combat and officers recovering at Walter Reed Hospital. Educational programs are promoted on Flag awareness and Americanism which are geared to school aged children.

On Memorial Day, 136 crosses are placed at McNeil Park in honor of our servicemen. The town has organized a memorial service each year to pay homage to those who greatly served.

From past to present, Thank you for serving our community and keeping our Flag strong.

Written By D.F.P. the Poppenhusen Institute’s Archivist
Source:
https://www.thebalance.com/the-american-legion-and-the-veterans-of-foreign-wars-3357026
http://www.queenscountynyamericanlegion.org/

Post Oscar Ammann; Memorial Service World War Veterans Program, 1920.

Perfect Time for a Good Read. Available to purchase on Saturday, Nov. 11th.
11/11/2017

Perfect Time for a Good Read. Available to purchase on Saturday, Nov. 11th.

Hello All. Throwback in Time with a keepsake of Conrad and the Poppenhusen Institute. Fall is here and it is a perfect time to indulge in a book written by College Point’s authors James E. Haas and Robert A. Hecht. Let James Haas take you through the history of the emerging German American Catholic Church during the late 19th and early 20th Century America, featured in St. Fidelis Parish. Hear the stories of our servicemen from College Point who served in the Civil War in This Gunner at His Piece. Flashback into the life of Conrad Poppenhusen and the History of College Point.

Every Friday, souvenirs can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Books are priced at $20.00 and the Institute’s mug and t-shirt can be purchased at $10.00 each. Kindly contact the office at 718-358-0067 prior to your visit. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying your piece of history!

D.F.P., the Poppenhusen Institute

Hello All. For Throwback in Time, Can you name the location of this event? Any familiar faces? Let us know in the Commen...
11/07/2017

Hello All. For Throwback in Time, Can you name the location of this event? Any familiar faces? Let us know in the Comments

Hello All. Happy Halloween! The Throwback in Time photo posted on 10/24/17 was the mansion of Captain John Graham. It wa...
10/31/2017

Hello All. Happy Halloween! The Throwback in Time photo posted on 10/24/17 was the mansion of Captain John Graham. It was located on 26th Avenue between 121st Street and College Point Boulevard. Today, it is where the College Point nursing homes are present. All the way from England, the Captain settled in the coastal town of College Point. It was noted, when in town the Captain always wore gloves and as to why it was unknown. He was quite wealthy. Graham owned several transportation steamboats. He built the mansion in 1861 on top of a sprawling 14 acres that extended into Flushing Bay. The cost was $50,000 which was considerably expensive at the time. The mansion was not far from the residence of the Strattons. Prior to the mansion being built Captain Graham married Miss Platt Stratton, daughter of Mary and Eliphaniet Stratton. Captain Graham resided at the mansion for twenty years until his death on March 30, 1882. After, the mansion was occupied by Manhattan banker, Bernard J. Burk and then occupied by Dr. Paul Kyle. The doctor established his institute at the residence. Later the mansion became a private sanitarium, Knickerbocker Hall. On December 24, 1908, a Manhattan and Philadelphia realty syndicate purchased the property for $100,000. In the early 1930s the residence was razed.

Inside the fireplace located in the basement of the mansion was a trap to a manhole leading to a network of tunnels into the bay. An unusual spot; however, tunnels were a common area for food preservation and wine vaults. Another surprisingly discovery, Indian artifacts were uncovered on the former residence when a civil works employee named Andrew Calder discovered a human skull while excavating the road near the residence. Discrediting rumors, studies performed later by archeologists, Carlisle Smith and Ralph Solecki concluded the skull was the remains of a prehistoric Indian supporting College Point’s lineage to Native American ancestry. In addition, the mansion was built on top of an ancient Indian village or burial ground.

Bring a Friend and Meet more friends at the Poppenhusen Institute and join us on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. for PAINT NIGHT with Instructor Linda Rufo! Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 and includes supplies, wine, cheese, crackers and Fun . Looking forward to seeing you!

Written by D.F.P, the Poppenhusen Institute’s Archivist
Sources:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 11, 1893.
Daily Star, December 24, 1908.

Hello All. For Throwback in Time, Guess the location of this spooky house. Let us know in the comments.
10/25/2017

Hello All. For Throwback in Time, Guess the location of this spooky house. Let us know in the comments.

Hello All. Throwback in Time with a keepsake of Conrad and the Poppenhusen Institute. Fall is here and it is a perfect t...
10/20/2017

Hello All. Throwback in Time with a keepsake of Conrad and the Poppenhusen Institute. Fall is here and it is a perfect time to indulge in a book written by College Point’s authors James E. Haas and Robert A. Hecht. Let James Haas take you through the history of the emerging German American Catholic Church during the late 19th and early 20th Century America, featured in St. Fidelis Parish. Hear the stories of our servicemen from College Point who served in the Civil War in This Gunner at His Piece. Flashback into the life of Conrad Poppenhusen and the History of College Point.

Every Friday, souvenirs can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Books are priced at $20.00 and the Institute’s mug and t-shirt can be purchased at $10.00 each. Kindly contact the office at 718-358-0067 prior to your visit. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying your piece of history!

D.F.P., the Poppenhusen Institute

10/17/2017

Hello All. The Throwback in Time photo posted on 10/10/17 is Freygang’s College Point Hotel, Park and Pavilion located then on 14th Road, just east of The Poppenhusen Institute, known as old 2nd Avenue between 6th and 7th Street. Later the pavilion was called Bay View Park capturing its location on the water. The modest hotel was established in 1874 by Charles Julius Freygang and in 1878 was rebuilt to be the coolest place in College Point, offering all to its guests! The institute posted a historic sign at the location where Freygang’s once stood which included the history of the hotel. Numerous similar signs have been mounted all throughout College Point; therefore, giving residents the opportunity to learn more about their community. Six new signs will be mounted shortly, including one that shows Teddy Roosevelt leading a parade on Old 4th Avenue, today 18th Avenue.

Freygang’s was a colorful memory known for its masquerade balls catering to the local societies who hosted the galas. A strung of colorful lanterns were hung along the street illuminating to the pavilion and continuing into the halls. Freygang’s grand (60x75) feet dance pavilion well accommodated the masquerades. Its dining area could hold an impressive seating capacity of 400. As a first class restaurant, meals could be requested at any hour as catering to its guest was its specialty. A max of forty assistants could be attending to a full house. Ten years later, Mrs. Freygang assumed control of the hotel in 1888. The three-story hotel offered guests seventeen rooms for stay and provided social and entertainment including a parlor, pool room, bowling alley and a summer park for recreation.

The Institute will be featuring a Taste of College Point on Saturday, December 2nd and come experience what College Point is All About!

Written by D.F.P, The Poppenhusen Institute’s Archivist, from the archives of the Poppenhusen Institute

Hello All, Can you identify this location of College Point's Biergarten. Prost!Let us know in the Comments. See Our Past...
10/10/2017

Hello All, Can you identify this location of College Point's Biergarten. Prost!
Let us know in the Comments. See Our Past Posts for Our Biergarten History.

Taking You Back in Time at Poppenhusen
10/10/2017

Taking You Back in Time at Poppenhusen

Hello All. The Throwback in Time photo posted on 10/3/17 is Witzel’s Hotel, which was located on 119th Street and 14th R...
10/07/2017

Hello All. The Throwback in Time photo posted on 10/3/17 is Witzel’s Hotel, which was located on 119th Street and 14th Road (old 2nd Ave. and 10th St.). It was built in 1872 by Joseph Witzel, a name very familiar to the old residents of College Point and its history. The hotel remained in use but operated as a restaurant, Flessel’s until the late 1990s. The Motz family were the last owners of Flessel’s.

In 1892, Joseph Witzel acquired the lease on Point View Island, famously known as Tallman’s Island and built a picnic park, Witzel’s Grove, then called Garvey’s Island. The site today is occupied by the municipal sewage treatment plant near 127th Street. The lease was previously under Donnelly but expired due to facilities being underdeveloped. In fact, in the Institute’s memoir “ Voices of College Point”, many residents interviewed recollect the fond memories of two popular summer resorts, Donnelly’s and Witzel’s. Both resorts won political popularity as frequent guests included Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Mayor Gaynor of NY who marked their names in the guest book. The main building was lavished with three bars, including one that was 75 feet long. Thousands of picnickers gathered for the clam bake and cooked eel, all enjoying the sun and bathing pavilion. College Point certainly was a summer attraction. At least 25 cooks served the kitchen who prepared 50 hams and 300 dozen eggs on a typical weekend outing. What a roast it was with meat supplied from Koch and Sons butcher shop! It was recorded, over 16,000 attendees were served at a clam bake back in 1903 and what a sweet summer day it was on September 4th. Perhaps it was Witzel’s special secret sauce that drew the crowd which has never been recovered. Summer days back then in College Point were as big as today’s rush to the Hamptons. Besides food and beer there were lots of recreational grounds. The 25 acres consisted of ball fields, a bicycle trail, dancing pavilion, bowling alleys, and a shooting gallery; quite similar to Donnelly’s Hotel.

Although Prohibition ceased the operation of the beer garden, Witzel’s Grove remained and was inherited by Joseph’s son Emil Witzel. He later sold the park to Herman Mutschler in 1924. Unfortunately, two years later on June 6, 1926, Witzel’s Grove was sold by realtor, Joseph P. Day and was converted into building lots.

From Germany to College Point success, success, success of entrepreneurship sprung from German immigrants. Joseph Witzel, a German shoe maker by trade stepped into College Point in 1859 operating his shoe store on the grounds of where later will be built by Conrad, the Poppenhusen Institute. From then on, Witzel was blessed with entrepreneurship. It seems like the soil on the ground of the Institute was rich with entrepreneurship as much success prospered from the Institute and continues to do so. 149 years of triumph and yes, we are still counting!

Come join us at our events that continue to serve College Point. Mark your calendar for our upcoming Honor walk and Musical and Dance tribute to Our Veterans at the Institute on Sunday, November 11th. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Written by D.F.P, The Poppenhusen Institute’s Archivist, from the archives of the Poppenhusen Institute
Source: J. Ernest Brierly

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114-04 14th Rd
College Point, NY
11356

Take the Q65 (Heading North) (110th St. and 14th Rd.) from Jamaica or Flushing. Bus stop is across the street from the institute. From Flushing- approximately a 15 minute ride, From Jamaica approximately a 1 hour ride.

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Today at 3p.m.: Our special 'Seeger Centennial/Woodstock 50' edition of our Great '60s Folk-Rock Festival show at the Poppenhusen Institute! Bring a lawn chair down to the shady courtyard for this show!
The Institute fills us with wonderful historical information, has interesting tours and trips, entertaining summer concerts. It is an excellent source of good things.
Thank you for hosting a great Oktoberfest celebration!
In 1901 the need for a full-time director of the Poppenhusen Institute became a priority. Professor William Harper, well respected among educators of the time, was appointed general superintendent with sole charge of its library used by the general population. Harper had led school districts in Maine and Massachusetts and two cities in Georgia, Dalton and Americus. He was a prolific writer and had authored a physics textbook that was long-used in schools across the country. An ordained Methodist-Episcopal minister, Harper taught in the Sunday school of the Reformed Church. Under his guidance the Carnegie Library was built on land gifted to the village by Hugo Funke. The Institute's 4,000 books were donated to the Poppenhusen Public Library branch when it was opened in 1904. He was a strong advocate for manual training and before his death on February 11, 1907 had added algebra, geometry and physics to the school curriculum. Of him it was said, “His whole life was a benediction,” and the village truly mourned his passing. He was buried in Flushing Cemetery. Shortly after moving to College Point, renowned sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil became very active in the Institute whose director William Harper was his neighbor. In the fall of 1906 the administrator seized the moment asking MacNeil if he would join the school’s Board of Control, which he did the following January 1st. Especially needed was his expertise to improve the Institute’s drawing curriculum, freehand, from copy, mechanical and architectural. Unexpectedly a few short weeks later Harper died. Straightaway the same board he had just become a part of charged MacNeil with the task of securing a new leader. Within six months, John Gyger Embree was hired and served until his death in 1921.
In 1901 the need for a full-time director of the Poppenhusen Institute became a priority. Professor William Harper, well respected among educators of the time, was appointed general superintendent with sole charge of its library used by the general population. Harper had led school districts in Maine and Massachusetts and two cities in Georgia, Dalton and Americus. He was a prolific writer and had authored a physics textbook that was long-used in schools across the country. An ordained Methodist-Episcopal minister, Harper taught in the Sunday school of the Reformed Church. Under his guidance the Carnegie Library was built, and the Institute's 4,000 books donated to the Poppenhusen branch when it opened in 1904. He was a strong advocate for manual training and before his death on February 11, 1907 had added algebra, geometry and physics to the school curriculum. Of him it was said, “His whole life was a benediction,” and the village truly mourned his passing. He was buried in Flushing Cemetery. Shortly after moving to College Point, renowned sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil became very active in the Institute whose director, William Harper, was his neighbor. In the fall of 1906 the administrator asked MacNeil if he would join the school’s Board of Control, which he did the following January 1st. Especially needed was his expertise to improve the Institute’s drawing curriculum, freehand, mechanical and architectural. Unexpectedly a few short weeks later Harper died. Straightaway the same board he had just become a part of charged MacNeil with the task of securing a new leader. Within six months, John Gyger Embree was hired and served until his death in 1921.
A short newspaper article dated February 24, 1915 ran a headline that read, “Picture of Capim Ball.” It was followed by. “A large flashlight picture taken at the recent Red Cross Ball of the Capim Social Club and well executed is on exhibition at Klein’s drug store window on Thirteenth Street. George Metz, the secretary, has copies at his disposal for the members, and those who were at the affair. Students of the Poppenhusen Institute started the Capim Social Club around 1910. Just about every year that followed they held dances each having a special theme. One year it was Halloween, another, Japanese still another it was designed around a marine theme maybe because College Point is almost surrounded by water. The club sponsored bowling nights and also got involved in issues under discussion one among them the double tracking of the trolley line on the Causeway to improve safety. Members took part in the huge 1913 College Point Day parade and celebration at Donnelly’s Grove… and it was huge. The club fades out of existence after 1915 perhaps because students moved on, married, joined the military or were drafted into the army. The origins of the club’s name are unknown, but if Conrad’s middle name was Adolph, the name of his first-born son, then it could have been derived from the first letters of Conrad A. Poppenhusen Institute Member.
Two interesting bits of information have recently come to light. One concerned the last voyage Conrad Poppenhusen took with the aforementioned Captain Schwensen. Both men had nearly lost their lives in November 1878 when the SS Hammonia sank in the English Channel. A new vessel bearing the same name was launched in early 1883 with Schwensen once again placed at the helm. When the ship docked on November 22nd following an eastbound voyage during which the ship sailed through a cyclone, passenger Poppenhusen said his final goodbye to his long-time friend. He died a month later. The second came known through articles that appeared in January and March 1884. The first published on January 31st said the site of a proposed memorial had been chosen, and a committee appointed to get designs and cost estimates for a statue. Subsequently, an article in March said the committee considered three designs, two busts and the statue. Over $1,200 had been collected in the two months following Conrad's passing. At first glance that doesn’t sound like a large amount, however that figure at current value translates into $30,000 give or take. The figures provided, $1,600 each for the busts, and $2,800 for the statue would today be valued at about $41,000 per bust, and $72,000 for the standing figure. One can only wonder what a statue might have looked like.
One of the most joyful, yet decidedly poignant events ever celebrated at the Institute took place on Tuesday, April 8, 1879. The previous November, Conrad Poppenhusen was en route to Germany aboard the S. S. Pommerania, Captain H. F. Schwensen at the helm. Poppenhusen had sailed before with Schwensen. He was one of the Hamburg-America line's most experienced shipmasters. They had become friends. Before reaching its destination, the two-funneled steamship collided with another vessel in the English Channel, and sank within fifteen minutes. While Poppenhusen and the ship’s captain were thrown into frigid channel waters, they were rescued and survived. About fifty lives were lost. Both arrived back in America, and following festivities in Manhattan the two men repaired to College Point where they were heartily welcomed by a very large and happy assembly. This is just one of many articles describing the celebration, and another peek into Poppenhusen Institute history.
Reminder! Scholarship Application for College Point Students -- Deadline is April 16th at 5:00pm:
Long before Conrad Poppenhusen opened the India Rubber Comb Company in College Point or even dreamed of the Institute celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, his fledgling business had its official start with partner Henry A (Adolph) Meyer on January 1, 1843 operating out of a factory in Jersey City. Five years later, a New York Tribune classified ad shows his intention to sell “a brick building suitable for manufacturing purposes” and five lots. The notice seems to indicate he had probably already moved both his growing family and business to the Williamsburg site. Not long after the relocation, the Meyer name was no longer on the company letterhead, and by 1853 Conrad had set his sites on College Point. The rest, as they say, is history, so in the days and weeks to come I’ll be sharing brief items of historical interest that I hope all Poppenhusen Institute site members will enjoy reading.
Paint Night!
Hello everyone! I just wanted to make sure you were aware of the scholarship opportunity for students College Point (up to $2500/year). Applications due April 16: