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Busy With the Bees

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Busy With the Bees

Bronck Museum
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tours begin at 1pm & 3pm

Native Americans called them “English flies”. The Europeans knew them as honey bees. Wherever “English flies” appeared the Indians knew that European settlers were nearby. No member of the honey bee species is native to North America. In early 1622 an English ship arrived at Jamestown carrying a cargo that included several hives of honey bees. European honey bees proved to be remarkably adaptable and soon swarmed from the European hives and took up residence throughout in the American wilderness. The English settlers brought their honey bees for the sole purpose of providing honey. The importance of bees to the pollination of crops was not understood until the 1800s. As luck would have it the European honeybee was a vigorous unfussy pollinator. Despite the fact that the colonists had no idea about pollination honey bees were absolutely critical to the success of the fruit trees and most of the other European food crops the colonists brought to America. Without honeybees there would have been no Johnny Appleseed!


On Sunday, September 13th the Bronck Museum near Coxsackie is pleased to welcome local beekeeper Richard Muggeo to present the final Bronck Family at Home program of the season, “Busy With the Bees”. Mr. Muggeo will use the museum’s newly installed observation bee hive as a starting point for the program which will include a small exhibit of traditional beekeeping equipment and honey based refreshments. This program will be offered at 1pm and again at 3pm. Adult admission to this program is $7, GCHS members and children $3.50. Seating for these popular programs is limited, so early arrival is suggested as seating is on a first come first served basis.


The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385 and 81 near Coxsackie, NY. For more information about this or any special event program at the museum visit or find us on Facebook@ Greene County Historical Society. This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the GC Cultural Fund administered by the GCCA.