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Through Hidden Brooklyn, friends of BHS get access to unique sites that are normally closed to the general public. We launch this series with a visit to Lenny Shiller's collection of antique vehicles, housed in a huge Gowanus warehouse that was the former oven for the California Pie Company. His 60-plus cars, trucks, and motorcycles span 60 years of automotive history. Highlights include a 1929 Durant rumble-seat coupe, 1953 Packard convertible, and a 1947 International soda truck, replete with original seltzer bottles (see image above). Mr. Shiller, president of the Antique Auto Association of Brooklyn, is an incredibly engaging story teller and an old-school Brooklyn mensch. His collection and his tales of collecting are not to be missed.
Hidden Brooklyn: Antique Car Collection
Thursday, June 5th, 6:30pm
$15/$10 for BHS Members
Event takes place at Lenny Shiller's warehouse in Gowanus. The exact address of the warehouse will be provided in your confirmation email after registering.
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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.