College Point & The General Slocum Disaster

On Saturday June 8th the Poppenhusen Institute hosted a presentation by Eugene Boesch, on “The General Slocum” disaster, which took place on June 15th, 1904. The General Slocum was a side wheeler that was taking parishioners from St. Marks Evangelical Church, of the Lower East Side, on an outing to the North Shore of Long Island. Almost immediately after its departure a fire broke out- and disaster struck. When all was said and done of the 1,358 mostly women and children on board, only 321 survived. There are several links between the General Slocum disaster and College Point. The first being Kleinerts Rubber Company’s whistle which normally announced the noontime hour. However, it also served the purpose of alerting the community to emergency situations. When the General Slocum caught on fire and was sinking the whistle blew calling boat owners of all sizes to assist with the rescue. Many responded to that call. Another link between College Point and the General Slocum tragedy is the fact that some of the children who lost their parents during that disaster, would come to live at the Bethlehem Orphanage, one of the two that were located  in this community.

The following article from “The Sun”, newspaper is an article about the orphanage which was down here by the Institute. It eventually would become Bryancully’s (sic) coat factory.

Sunday, June 2nd Event at MacNeil Park


In case of rain on June 2nd (this Sunday), 3-5 pm activities will be held at Poppenhusen Institute. 114-04 14th Road College Point.

A message will be posted, here, at 1 pm Sunday and will also be on our voicemail system. 719-358-0067.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page under the name Conrad Poppenhusen for more information the day of.

Let’s pray for sunshine and a fantastic time.

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Seeking Volunteer(s)

Hello Everyone,

We are seeking a volunteer to come into the Institute on Friday June 1st, for about 2 hours (anytime between 10-5pm), to assist in ironing tablecloths for our 150th Anniversary Celebration. We very, very much appreciate the interest and time of all of our volunteers.

Additionally, if you are available and interested in volunteering to be a “helping hand” at the Event on June 2nd, we would love to have your help.

Please feel free to call us here at 718-358-0067 or email us at- [email protected]

Looking forward to talking with you!

Best Regards,

The Team at Poppenhusen

Published on Monday 05/07/2018

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You are invited! We hope you can join us in celebrating this historical event!

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