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Harlan County USA

Movie Mondays: Making Waves in Film, Then and Now with Harlan County USA
Mon, May 4, 6:30pm

This screening and discussion connects Brooklyn filmmakers today with innovators of the past. With a focus on depictions of activism in film, we will screen documentary shorts created by members of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective followed by the Academy Award-winning feature documentary Harlan County USA. This landmark 1976 film by Barbara Kopple provides a compelling and unflinching look at a 1974 coal miners’ strike in Kentucky. Documentary filmmaker Alice Elliott (The Collector of Bedford Street, Body and Soul: Diana and Kathy) moderates.

Image and film courtesy of Cabin Creek Films.

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Free Weekend Tours: This is Brooklyn
This is Brooklyn
Join us to learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York's great landmark buildings! On select Sundays at 1pm, enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn's history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite who could use a quick history refresher!

Our May schedule includes:                                         
Sunday, May 3                 Sunday, May 17
Sunday, May 10               Sunday, May 24

Family Programs at BHS

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week_Apr 29After a long winter, it is a welcome sight to see blooms popping up all over Brooklyn. With that in mind, the photo of the week is a view of the Cherry Esplanade in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, taken by photographer and Brooklynite Donald L. Nowlan in 1975. Cherry blossoms are just one part of what makes Brooklyn so beautiful in the springtime, and there are plenty to be seen and enjoyed! Where and when can you see them this spring? Find out on the BHS Blog!

[Blossoms], 1975 ca; Donald L. Nowlan Brooklyn collection, ARC.120, v1990.2.214; Brooklyn Historical Society.


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Our beautiful new Gift Shop has the perfect gift for nearly any occasion! Whether you're looking for an authentic Brooklyn-made souvenir, a housewarming present for a new Brooklynite, or a Brooklyn-themed onesie for the newest member of the family, the BHS Gift Shop has got you covered!

Stop in any day between noon and 5pm for a truly "Brooklyn" shopping experience. 

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Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 at the corner of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.

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free to members, students with valid school IDs, and children 12 years and under.

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Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations


Green-Wood partnerBHS is proud to be 2015 programming partners with Green-Wood, one of Brooklyn's great historic sites. Learn about their events and tours at

Downtown Brooklyn Arts AllianceBHS is proud to be a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance (DBAA). DBAA is a coalition of more than 30 cultural groups organized to connect and serve Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations, to communicate their impact on Downtown Brooklyn and to actively mobilize in the best interests of artist communities. Learn more about DBAA here.

Big Onion Walking ToursBHS regularly welcomes groups from Big Onion Walking Tours to our building. Big Onion Walking Tours has offered innovative and exciting walks in NYC's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods since 1991. All guides hold advanced degrees in American History, Art History, or a related field, and they are often researching and writing theses on topics relevant to their tours. More information and a calendar of public tours can be found on their website: