Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

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@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-15

This Thursday we are hosting a vital conversation curated by What Will Be Different? about how even partial implementation of the #TravelBan will affect our communities here in #Brooklyn and around the country. This event focuses on the effects it could have on #YemeniAmericans: our friends, our neighbors, ourselves. Join the conversation.

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-14

Our Second Annual Fall Gala is TOMORROW! Do you have your tickets yet? There's still time to join us to celebrate, dance, and show your support for our renowned education programs! Learn more here:

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-13

BHS is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, The Packer Collegiate Institute: A Story of Education in Brooklyn, made possible by generous funding from the Leon Levy Foundation . The launch of the site marks the culmination of three years of work by the staff of BHS’s Othmer Library, who digitized, preserved, and catalogued, 283.6 cubic feet of archival materials that tell the remarkable story of Packer’s history. The first historians to benefit from the wealth of primary source material in the collection have been Brooklyn’s ambitious high school students. Now, with the launch of the website, these resources will be discoverable to casual researchers and advanced scholars alike! Follow the link to see this exciting new project!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-12

How does what you see on Facebook impact how you vote? Join us tomorrow for an eye-opening panel discussion featuring Adrienne Lever of Swing Left, David Nir of Daily Kos, and moderator Matthew McGregor of Precision Strategies. We'll explore how #technology, from Big #Data to personal #SocialMedia, has impacted #elections, and what might be in store.

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-11

In honor of the many #veterans who have served on behalf of #Brooklyn & the rest of the country, BHS would like to thank this community for their sacrifices and selflessness. This photo, taken around 1890, depicts veterans of the 14th Regiment of the New York State Militia, sometimes called Brooklyn's "Fighting Fourteenth," attending a dedication of a monument to them at #Gettysburg. It is a reminder that, throughout #history, many have served on behalf of our nation's values and in hopes of making it a better place. #VeteransDay

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-10

BHS is thrilled to announce that our Teen Innovators program, presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a winner of the 2017 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards, the nation’s highest honor for these programs! Chosen from a pool of 350 nominees and 50 finalists, the award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to generate a wide range of positive outcomes, such as increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment.

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-10

Dig in deep to the #history behind a promising new chapter coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard with this #PhotoOfTheWeek! #POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-09

Check this out! BHS Manager of Teaching and Learning Shirley Brown Alleyne and Teen Innovator student Emma pose after winning one of the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, the highest honor for after school programs in the country! Learn more about this award here:

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-09

Our 2nd Annual Fall #Gala is less than a week away! Come join us and show your support for our mission of activating #BrooklynHistory through education programs! Click through for tickets:

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-08

Have you ever been called a "nasty woman" when speaking your mind? Are you trying to take that term back as empowerment? Then join us for tonight's program, The "Nasty Woman" Stigma, part 3 of our series on Women's Suffrage! We'll explore this and other terms that have been used to vilify and stereotype women in politics throughout history, and look at what might be ahead to challenge these notions. This program starts soon!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-08

Our Teen Innovators love seeing all the fashion on display at Hip Hop Closet! Hip Hop Closet has also hosted an innovator as an intern! Learn more about the Teen Innovators program, which is a finalist for the 2017 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards, on their website: And check out more about Hip Hop Closet!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-07

Tomorrow we conclude our three part series marking the 100 year anniversary of #WomensSuffrage in NY state with a talk about "nasty women." Women taking stands are often smeared and silenced- too loud, too emotional, too bossy - something that stretches all the way back to the suffrage movement. We explore this vilification and stigmatization with panelists Joan Malin, former president of Planned Parenthood of NYC; women and gender historian Allison K. Lange; and Jamia Wilson of the Feminist Press. Moderated by our own Director of Public History Julie Golia. Don't miss it!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-06

Our Teen Innovators program combines history, career exploration, and the future of Brooklyn's industries in an immersive educational experience set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Our friends at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation always come to visit the Teen Innovators to share their personal career stories! Learn more on the Teen Innovators Tumblr site:

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-06

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of #WomensSuffrage in NY State! Were you in the audience for Part One of our series, Women's Suffrage Turns 100? BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia engaged with noted historian Deborah Gray White in a riveting discussion about #intersectionality, #politics, #sexism, #racism, and the lengths still left to go for #equality. Tonight, the conversation continues with former NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Political Director for Emerge America, A'Shanti Gholar. How are #women reshaping #politics? Find out tonight!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-05

Recall memories of #Brooklyn, and hear how one of our most celebrated #food writers got her start when Mimi Sheraton heads to the BHS stage on 11/9. She's in conversation with former editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine Dana Cowin about the sights & tastes of #BrooklynHistory.

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-04

Mimi Sheraton changed the face of food writing and been a celebrated restaurant critic and writer for many publications. Before all that, though, she was just a kid from #Brooklyn. She revisits her Brooklyn days and talks #food, #memories, and more with former editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, Dana Cowin, on 11/9. Join in!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-03

Our education programs serve thousands of students representing every public school district in the city. Help us continue our commitment to enriching lives through activating #BrooklynHistory at our 2nd Annual Fall Gala on November 15!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-02

Looks like the team formerly-known-as the Brooklyn #Dodgers will have to "wait till next year" once again. Revisit the team's last days of #Brooklyn #baseball with this #PhotoOfTheWeek! #POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-11-02

Tonight join us at BHS as we look at art, traditions, and rituals that commemorate death. From "memento mori" to #DayOfTheDead / #DiaDeLosMuertos, cultures from around the world look for beauty in the afterlife. Morbid Anatomy Museum co-founder Joanna Ebenstein shares this in Death: A Graveside Companion

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-10-31

Tomorrow night we kick off our 3-part series looking at the #history of the #WomensSuffrage movement in New York state, as well as the divisions it highlighted in the struggle for an #intersectional movement for #equality. Getting the vote was only the beginning! Join BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia and renowned historian Deborah Gray White as we tackle the topic.

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-10-27

WE WON'T BACK DOWN: 7 Days of Citywide Public Forums With Communities Targeted By the Travel Ban Presented by Unbound Philanthropy + The Tate Group Curated by Brian Tate A program of What Will Be Different?: Conversations on a Changing America DAY 6: What Will Be Different for Yemeni Americans? Presented by the Brooklyn Historical Society Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has approved partial implementation of the travel ban, and the evolving policy is the subject of fierce litigation and debate, what are the consequences for those Americans who are among its targets? What does it mean to be American when your ethnic identity has been co-branded with terrorism? On Day 6, join us at the Brooklyn Historical Society for a discussion with Rabyaah Althaibani, Community Activist, Rooj Alwazir, Filmmaker/Photographer, Somia El-Rowmeim, Program Manager of Women’s Advocacy, Arab American Association of NY, Zaid Nagi, VP, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and moderator Dr. Debbie Almontaser, President, Muslim Community Network, to explore what the travel ban - and the narratives at its core - mean for the targeted communities and for all of us. WE WON’T BACK DOWN - Full Schedule: Nov 11 - DAY 1: What Will Be Different for Iranian Americans?Judson Memorial Church Nov 12 - DAY 2: What Will Be Different for Libyan Americans?Museum of the Moving Image Nov 13 - DAY 3: What Will Be Different for Somali Americans?Performance Project at University Settlement Nov 14 - DAY 4: What Will Be Different for Syrian Americans? (PLG) Greenlight Bookstore-PLG Nov 15 - DAY 5: What Will Be Different for Sudanese Americans?Weeksville Heritage Center Nov 16 - DAY 6: What Will Be Different for Yemeni Americans? Brooklyn Historical Society Nov 17 - What Will Be Different for Iraqi Americans: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-10-27

The changes caused by NYC's gradual growth in freelance work have the potential to reshape the city's economy as we know it! Learn more about what freelancers bring to the table with this talk featuring Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz and business, economics, and technology writer at The New Yorker, Adam Davidson, on 10/30!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-10-26

It's close to midnight, and something evil's lurking from the dark... Check out this #Thriller of a #PhotoOfTheWeek, just in time for a creepy #Halloween!

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-10-25

Tomorrow night, join us as we trace the history of "The Second Coming of the KKK." NYU historian Linda Gordon presents her latest work in conversation with writer Rick Perlstein that examines the rise of the Klan in the early 1900s and its ramifications today.

@Brooklyn Historical Society 2017-10-23

BHS is excited to announce that our Teen Innovators program at BLDG 92 is in consideration for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards! Selected from all over the country, twelve after school and out-of-school programs receive this award that “recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement.” See what our Teen innovators have been up to on the program website, and wish them luck as we await the final decision in the coming weeks!

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Visit the Brooklyn Historical Society for museum exhibits and public programs that bring issues of Brooklyn's history to life. Research your family, home or scholarly interest in the gorgeous Othmer library.We're open to the public.


Othmer Library Hours: Wednesday-Saturday from 1-5PM
Museum Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from noon-5PM

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