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Field-trip! K-12 Museum Education Programs at Brooklyn Historical Society and BLDG 92

BHS is excited to continue our school programs partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Bring your class to BHS, BLDG 92, or both!

Brooklyn Historical Society programs support the Common Core Learning Standards and New York City Social Studies Scope and Sequence and are easily integrated into ELA, art, science, and math curricula. Our emphasis on document analysis, critical thinking, and evidence-based reasoning with original primary-source texts helps to build transferrable skills that benefit students across disciplines.

We are proud to offer a limited number of FREE school-group tours for qualifying NYC public schools:

  •          Tours at BHS’s landmark building are free for the first 100 NYC public schools. Subsequent NYC public schools have a reduced rate of $75.
  •          Tours at BLDG 92 are free for all NYC public schools.
  •          The fee for all other groups is $150/tour. Financial assistance is available.
  •          All tours must be reserved in advance and accommodate up to 34 students and 3 teachers/chaperones.
  • *Due to overwhelming demand, we no longer have free tour slots available at Brooklyn Historical Society. Please contact us via phone or e-mail if you need assistance—we will do our best to accommodate all groups who wish to visit the historical society.*

    For more information, please e-mail education@brooklynhistory.org. Otherwise, use the “Book Now” button to book a trip for your class!”

    Programs at Brooklyn Historical Society

    The Civil War: Brooklyn Speaks
    Grades: 5-12, recommended for 5th & 7th
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Site: BHS

    View the Civil War through the eyes of the Brooklynites who left to fight and were left behind using letters, broadsides, and wartime illustrations. Be sure to check out the free, downloadable curriculum, “The Civil War: Voices from Brooklyn” available on our website to prepare, supplement & enrich your visit. 

    Brooklyn’s Communities
    Great for ESL/ELL/bi-lingual classes of all ages!
    Grades: 2-12, recommended for 2nd
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Site: BHS

    What makes a community? Students investigate images, artifacts and maps and discuss the similarities and differences between historic and contemporary communities.

    Colonial Brooklyn
    Grades: 2-12, recommended for 4th, 5th 
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Site: BHS

    Students use primary sources to discover the communities that co-existed in Colonial Brooklyn, from the original Lenape inhabitants to the Dutch, English and Africans.

    In Pursuit of Freedom: Brooklyn Abolitionists
    Grades: 5-12
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Site: BHS

    Students learn the stories of everyday African Americans in 19th century Brooklyn and their allies who fought for social justice and civil rights before, during, and after the abolition of slavery. Be sure to check out the interactive website with curriculum materials to prepare, extend & enrich your experience: 
    www.pursuitoffreedom.org.

    Maps! 
    Grades: 2-12
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Site: BHS

    In this tour, students will hone their geography and map reading skills using historical and contemporary maps of Brooklyn. This tour is differentiated depending on the age & level of the students participating; for younger students, the focus is on reading map features. For older students, the focus is on identifying different types of information found on maps.


    Programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

    STEM PROGRAM: Seeing Green: Sustainable Building & Design
    Grades: 3-12 
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Site: BLDG 92

    Using BLDG 92 as a case study of sustainable building and design, students are introduced to the challenges facing urban designers and get a chance to visit some of the solutions – including a green roof!

    Ingenious Inventions 
    Grades: 2-6, recommended for self-contained and ICT classes
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Site: BLDG 92

    Explore centuries of technological innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, this tour includes a visit to one of the Yard's historic dry docks. Be sure to check out our free, online curriculum at BLDG 92” available 
    on our website for pre- and post- visit activities. 

    Women, Work & World War II
    Grades: 5-12 
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Site: BLDG 92

    Students examine oral histories, photographs and objects from the Brooklyn Navy Yard during its two busiest times – the WWII-era and today. They will explore the ways individual experiences contribute to larger threads in U.S. history and answer the question: “Who makes history?”

    Lesson Plans, Curricula, and More

    In-depth lesson plans, primary-source-rich and standards-aligned, these free curricula are all available to download from our Digital Curricula Library.

    Dutch Breukelen: Where Brooklyn Began (Grades 2–8)

    Voices of Mixed Heritage: Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (Grades 6–12+)

    The Civil War: Voices from Brooklyn (Grades 4–12+)

    In Pursuit of Freedom (Grades 4–12+)

    Bats, Balls, Nets, and Hoops: Stories of Sports in Brooklyn (Grades 4–12) 

    Exploring Pre-Revolutionary New York: The Ratzer Map (Grades 2–12+)

    Ingenious Inventions: Pre- and Post-Exhibit Visit Materials (Grades 2–12)

    College Level and Adult Tours

    Plan Your Visit

    Visiting Brooklyn Historical Society: 
    At the corner of Pierrepont Street and Clinton Street in historic Brooklyn Heights.

    By School Bus:  Drop-off at 128 Pierrepont Street at the corner of Clinton Street.
    By Subway: R to Court Street; 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall; A/C/F to Jay Street/MetroTech
    For hours and additional information, see our 
    visitor information page, or email our Education Department directly at education@brooklynhistory.org.

    Visiting The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92: 
    BLDG 92 is located at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Carlton Avenue.

    By School Bus: Enter the Navy Yard at the Clinton Avenue gate located at Clinton Avenue and Flushing Avenue. Traveling by school bus is recommended and bus parking is available.
    By Subway: F to York Street or G to Clinton/Washington Avenues. Be prepared for a 20-minute walk to BLDG 92.

    For more information go to www.bldg92.org or email education@brooklynhistory.org.


    Thank You to our Funders

    Education programs at Brooklyn Historical Society are generously supported by Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; Brooklyn School of Inquiry; Con Edison; The Consulate General of the Netherlands; The Ferriday Fund; Hearst Foundations; Green-Wood Historic Fund; Investors Foundation; National Grid Foundation; The Nissan Foundation; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; New York State Education Department; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Michael Tuch Foundation; The Packer Collegiate Institute; and The Pine Tree Foundation of New York. 

    Additional funding provided by New York State Assembly Members James Brennan, Karim Camara, Joseph Lentol, Joan Millman (Assembly Member 1997-2014), Annette Robinson, and Jo Ann Simon; and New York City Council Members Laurie Cumbo, David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Alan Maisel, and Darlene Mealy.

    Programs made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council

    BLDG 92 education programs are made possible through generous support from Con Edison, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the Verizon Foundation.