Public Programs

Brooklyn Historical Society offers a wide array of public programming that celebrates the diversity of Brooklyn's past and present and takes a close look at where the borough is headed. With panel discussions with Brooklyn luminaries, screenings of classic and groundbreaking films, thought-provoking talks on Brooklyn's history from new perspectives, family art and dance activities, and more, BHS has something for everyone.

Recently at BHS
Historian Greg Grandin in conversation with BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia

BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia sat down with historian Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, to unravel the captivating story of a slave ship uprising off the coast of Chile. Click here to watch the entire fascinating conversation.

For more BHS public programs you can watch from home, browse our Vimeo page.

Calendar of Programs

AUGUST  | FAMILY PROGRAMS

August

Mixed Movie Monday Screening and Discussion: Imitation of Life

Mon, Aug 4, 6:30pm
Free
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The first of three screenings and discussions in our series on mixed identity in film, this 1959 Lana Turner classic tells the story of an African-American woman and her light-skinned, mixed-race daughter who passes for white. Post-screening discussion led by author and CUNY sociology professor, Erica Chito-Childs.

Co-sponsored by MixedRaceStudies.org.

Book Talk: Elizabeth Gaffney, When the World Was Young

When the World Was YoungTue, Aug 5, 7pm
Free
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Hear from acclaimed author Elizabeth Gaffney about her new novel on the day of its release. Set in post-World War II Brooklyn, this powerful story follows misfit Wally Baker as she comes to terms with the personal and national tragedies wrought by the war and learns to navigate the new world left in its wake.








Hidden Brooklyn: Convent of Mercy

Hidden Brooklyn Mercy HomeWed, Aug 6, 6:30pm
$15/$10 for BHS Members
**SOLD OUT**
Sr. Caroline Tweedy leads us behind the walls of this remarkably intact 1862 former convent and orphanage. Immerse yourself in its grace, greenery, and 150 years of Brooklyn history.




Mixed Movie Monday Screening and Discussion: My Beautiful Laundrette

Mon, Aug 11, 6:30pm
Free
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The second in our 3-part series, this Oscar-nominated film explores races, sexuality, belonging and love against the backdrop of Pakistani immigrant life in 1980s London. Post-screening discussion by author and CUNY sociology professor Erica Chito-Childs.

Co-sponsored by MixedRaceStudies.org.

Tales from the Vault! Volunteers & Vamping Horns: Fighting Fires in the Old Eastern District

Followed by BHS Beer Garden

Tales from the Vault AugustThu, Aug 14, 6pm
Free
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BHS's Brooklyn Firefighting Collection is your ticket to the pugnacious, territorial world of fire-fighting in the pre-Civil War era when budgets were low, equipment slapdash, and firefighters not only fought fires but each other. Join Andy McCarthy, Reference Librarian, for an inside look at this fascinating collction, then throw back some Brooklyn brews at our final beer garden of the summer!

Mixed Movie Monday Screening and Discussion: Preview of Toasted Marshmallows

Mon, Aug 18, 6:30pm
Free
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View the first public U.S. screening of the documentary Toasted Marshmallows. This personal narratives delves into the experiences of mixed-race identified women and explores the themes of color, passing, privilege and belonging. Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Marcelitte Failla and Anoushka Ratnarajah, led by CUNY sociology professor Erica Chito-Childs.
 
Co-sponsored by MixedRaceStudies.org. 

Brooklyn Historical Society Family ProgramsSATURDAY FAMILY PROGRAMS

Sing Back, Brooklyn! With Lloyd H. Miller

1st Sat of the month, 11am-12pm 
Ages 5-10, Free, BHS Great Hall

A monthly sing-a-long event for the whole family featuring songs, stories, skits, movies, and more. Join Lloyd H. Miller in singing and dancing about Brooklyn's fun and sometimes quirky history!

Sing Back, Brooklyn! is on haitus for the summer, but will return in the fall!

Handmade History!

2nd Sat of the month, 3-4 pm
Ages 5-10, Free, BHS Classroom

A Saturday art-making program for families.

Handmade History is taking a break for the summer. See you in the fall!