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A History of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn Historical Society

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

A History of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal

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**We have sold capacity tickets for this event. Event attendance regularly drops off, so we invite you to come the evening of the event where tickets for unclaimed seats will be sold at the door.**

Joseph Alexiou brings his enormously popular Brooklyn Brainery lecture to BHS!

The smells, the pollution, the local mafia lore... he will give you the history behind the truths and the myths. As New York's most infamous toxic waste site becomes a hip neighborhood with great restaurants and art galleries, who doesn't want to know the truth behind the canal legends? And did you know that much of the building materials that made Brownstone Brooklyn came through the canal's waters, or that it used to be home to delicious foot-long oysters?

After this course, you'll never stroll across Carroll Street Bridge the same way again!

A History of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal
Wednesday, March 19th, 7pm
$8/$5 for BHS Members

Photo by Eymund Diegel

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Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Brooklyn Historical Society

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) functions as a library, museum, and urban education center dedicated to the people of Brooklyn, providing opportunities for civic dialogue and thoughtful engagement. Each year, 70,000 students and teachers use our innovative programs and resources to learn about American History and scholars conduct important academic research in our Library and Archives. Through partnerships with government and community groups, BHS reaches communities throughout New York City, serving as a hub for information and ideas about Brooklyn and its complex history.

Housed in a magnificent Landmark Building in Brooklyn Heights, designed by George Post in 1878, BHS maintains an important collection of historical manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, paintings, objects, and ephemera dating back to the 17th century. BHS is a long-standing yet modern institution in both outlook and action. We are Brooklyn’s preeminent history center, responsible for preserving and presenting Brooklyn’s history; our collection continues to grow through the acquisition of contemporary and historical works of art, photographs, documents, books, and oral histories.

Phone: 718.222.4111





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