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Calendar of Programs

 MARCH | APRIL
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Unless specified otherwise, all public programs take place at BHS Pierrepont
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

March

Digital Archiving 101: Your Personal WorkshopDigital Archiving 101: Your Personal Workshop
Wed, Mar 20, 6:30 pm
$15 / $5 for Members
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Interested in scanning your photos? Want to learn how to preserve and back up your digital memories? Join archivist Maggie Schreiner for a personal digital archiving workshop. Participants will learn the basics of digitizing and caring for their collections of documents, photos, and audiovisual materials. Come learn about file formats and storage, straightforward tools and techniques, and common risks and dangers (and how to avoid them!).


Bank of America presents History Makers: Chris Matthews discusses Robert F. KennedyBank of America Presents History Makers
Chris Matthews discussuses Robert F. Kennedy

Sat, Mar 23, 4 pm
$15 / $5 for Members
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In his best-selling biography, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging SpiritChris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball, pulls back the curtain on one of the great figures of 20th century America. Join him as he draws on extensive research and interviews for a look at the life and man.


The Feature is Female: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Introduced by Municipal Art Society President Elizabeth GoldsteinThe Feature is Female: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Introduced by Municipal Art Society President Elizabeth Goldstein
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30 pm
Free

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In the final documentary about inspiring women, retrace urban activist Jane Jacobs’s fight to save historic NYC during the redevelopment era of Robert Moses. Opening remarks by President of the Municipal Art Society’s Elizabeth Goldstein.



April

The Queer Creative Impulse: Artistic Expression and Gender IdentityThe Queer Creative Impulse: Artistic Expression and Gender Identity
Mon, Apr 1, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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Join us for a discussion on the intersection of LGBTQ identity and creativity. Hugh Ryan, curator of the exhibition On the (Queer) Waterfront, and author of the new book When Brooklyn Was Queer, is joined by historian and CUNY professor, Daniel Hurewitz, author of Bohemian Los Angeles whose work focuses on the development of gendered and sexual identities, and Sherill Tippins, author of the book February House about the salon/house described by the queer platform, them, as “the Queer Commune in WWII Brooklyn that became a cultural epicenter.” Moderated by the senior managing producer of the Slate Podcast Network, June Thomas, founder of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. How artists helped to inspire queer activism is just one of the many topics that will be explored.

Presented in conjunction with the new exhibition On The (Queer) Waterfront.
Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.


Taylor Branch on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Chris Matthews discusses Robert F. KennedyBank of America Presents History Makers
Taylor Branch on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wed, Apr 3, 6:30 pm
$15 / $5 for Members
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For thirty years, in three extraordinary volumes, a film, and an anthology, Taylor Branch has presented an unparalleled epic story of the Civil Rights Movement and our democratic experiment. Join him for this special and intimate evening as discusses his life’s work and the legacy of MLK.


Artists Resisting GentrificationArtists Resisting Gentrification
Mon, Apr 8, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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Artists are often deemed harbingers of gentrification or pawns in neighborhood rebranding. Yet they can also take charge of their communities’ future by bringing attention to economic pressures and pushing for protections for long-term residents. Join us for a conversation on artists taking action with Arts East NY Founder and Executive Director Catherine Green and artists William Powhida and Martha Rosler.


Heating up History: An Exploration of Spice, Hot Sauce, and Immigrant FoodsHeating up History: An Exploration of Spice, Hot Sauce, and Immigrant Foods
Thu, Apr 11, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for Members
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Join BHS as we tackle some burning questions about spicy food! How did spiciness find its way into America’s food lexicon? How are hot sauce makers looking to turn up the heat on adventurous eaters? Why do we do this to ourselves? Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, hot sauce creator Erica Diehl of Brooklyn’s own Queen Majesty Hot Sauce, and “Smokin’” Ed Currie, owner of Puckerbutt Farms and cultivator of the world’s hottest peppers, discuss in a conversation moderated by Steve Seabury of High River Sauces and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.

Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.


George Chauncey on Gay Male Culture in Post-War NYCGeorge Chauncey on Gay Male Culture in Post-War NYC
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for Members
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George Chauncey’s trailblazing book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, shattered the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet. In this presentation Chauncey, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, picks up where he left off, examining NYC’s post-war gay culture and politics.

Presented in conjunction with the new exhibition On The (Queer) Waterfront.
Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.


Finding New York’s Dutch Roots: A Field Guide led by Russell ShortoFinding New York’s Dutch Roots: A Field Guide led by Russell Shorto
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for Members
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In the 1600s, the Dutch colony of New Netherland ranged up and down the East Coast, and the Hudson River was its spine. The colony was the base from which the Dutch laid claim to the New World, and from which they battled with their arch-enemy, England. England won the power struggle, and New Netherland is history, but its legacy is hiding in plain sight. This talk will be a travelogue of New Netherland, from "Breuckelen" to Rensselaer. Identifying place names, old barns, bits of leftover language, street patterns, and Dutch customs. Come join Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World, as he (virtually) roams the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, bringing the Dutch period back to life.

This event is part of the 2019 Peter Gansevoort Ten Eyck Lecture Series, presented by the New Netherland Institute.


Chroniclers of the Climate ApolocalypseChroniclers of the Climate Apocalypse
Mon, Apr 22, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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The journalists who report on climate change, have stories of their own. Tasked with remaining objective as they make a daunting, politicized topic tangible, they embed in smoldering landscapes and inundated shores. Hear front-line stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT correspondent Sheri FinkThe Guardian environmental reporter Oliver Milman, and author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption Dahr Jamail. Moderated by National Geographic Society Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism Andrew Revkin.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront at BHS DUMBO.
Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.







Brooklyn Historical Society public programs are made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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The History Makers series is proudly presented by Bank of America

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Brooklyn Heights Tours

Big Onion Brooklyn Heights TourHistoric Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Explore New York City’s first Landmark District on a special tour co-sponsored by Big Onion and BHS! End your excursion at BHS, where you'll receive free admission and a behind-the-scenes look at our magnificent 1881 building. Check out the schedule of upcoming tours HERE and start planning your next Brooklyn adventure!Big Onion






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Brooklyn Historical Society requires 24 hours notice before the date of the event to refund a ticket. No refunds are provided after that point. This means no refunds are provided on the day of the event and all subsequent days.