Coney Island History Project breathes life into Coney’s past

Calling all history buffs!

If you’re crazy about Coney Island history, look no further than the Coney Island History Project, a not-for-profit organization that has been sharing and archiving artifacts, interviews and exhibits that pertain to America’s playground.

Located at 3059 West 12th Street, the organization prides itself in offering an array of programs, including paid walking tours, which allow guests entry to the History Project’s exhibition center, where they can view artifacts such as an original Steeplechase horse from the ride that gave Steeplechase Park its name.

In 2005, the History Project opened its Coney Island Hall of Fame, which serves to celebrate the pioneers and visionaries that have made Coney Island what it is today. A variety of contributors, including inventors, performers and community leaders, are honored with colorful banners and illustrated text panels that shine a spotlight on their lives. Among those honored are activist songwriter Woody Guthrie, Luna Park founder Fred Thompson and hot dog inventor Charles Feltman.

For more information on the Coney Island History Project, including purchasing walking tour tickets, visit or call 347-702-8553.

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