Special Events

Library Dinner

Thank you for your support of the
11th Annual Library Dinner!

Library Dinner

BHS was delighted to honor Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin at our annual Library Dinner on April 14, 2015. Long time Brooklyn philanthropists, Joanne is best known in Brooklyn for leading the community planning process that created the Master Plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park and for seeing it through to completion as a Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.  Gene, who is a Trustee of Maimonides Medical Center, was Executive Director and Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation and Chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to honor these generous members of our community.
This year’s distinguished speaker was Linda Gordon. Linda is University Professor of Humanities and History at New York University and has published three prize-winning books in a row: The Moral Property of Women, the history of birth-control politics; Heroes of Their Own Lives, about family violence; and Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare.  The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, about a vigilante action against Mexican-Americans, won the Bancroft prize for best book in US history. Her biography of photographer Dorothea Lange also won that prize, making her one of three authors ever to win it twice. Her most recent book is the co-authored Feminism Unfinished.
This year's dinner was a huge success, and the proceeds will support the work and growth of Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library. If you were unable to attend or if you want to look back on this fantastic evening, click HERE to browse photos.

A pdf of the 2015 program is available here.

Above photos © 2015 Scott Rudd. Right photo, from L to R: Brooklyn Historical Society Trustee Susan Rifkin, Dr. Linda Gordon, Honoree Joanne Witty, Honoree Eugene Keilin, Board of Trustees Chair Jim Rossman and Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz

Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Series

Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable is a quarterly luncheon series dedicated to examining, analyzing, reviewing and predicting the critical issues in Brooklyn real estate.

Networking cocktail reception in the BHS Tile Lobby begins at 12:00 p.m. The luncheon program commences at 12:45 p.m.

Purchase of a series includes admission to all four luncheons.

Past Events

Thank you to everyone who attended
"An Evening with Ken Burns"

and helped to support BHS' education programs!

Ken Burns

On March 10th, we were honored to host a special fundraising event with Academy Award-nominated producer and director Ken Burns, creator of the acclaimed documentaries “The Civil War,” “Baseball” and, most recently, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” In addition to other projects, Burns is currently at work on a film about the life of Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson. This very special evening helped to support BHS' education programs

Thanks to our sponsor

Left Photo by Cable Risdon, Right Photo by Elizabeth Alex

Brooklyn Bounty was a big success!
Thank you for your support of our annual
tasting benefit, held on October 22, 2014.

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to see photos from the event.

Thank you for joining us at our annual fall fundraiser to benefit Brooklyn Historical Society! At this year's Brooklyn Bounty, which was held at the stunning 26 Bridge, we tried delectable provisions from an impressive variety of Brooklyn chefs offering everything from tacos, to ice cream, to historic cocktails!

Our program also includeed the 4th Annual Brooklyn Food & Heritage Awards honoring the movers and shakers in the delicious world of Brooklyn cuisine