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Hidden Brooklyn: Convent of Mercy

Brooklyn Historical Society

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Hidden Brooklyn: Convent of Mercy

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The Sisters of Mercy came to Brooklyn from Ireland in 1855 and were known as "the walking nuns" because they did good works in the community rather than remaining cloistered.  They moved to Clinton Hill in 1862, creating a religious community that eventually housed 35 sisters who operated an orphanage, which at its peak served 100 children at any given time and 600 annually.  Although the last of the orphans were moved to group homes 25 years ago, and the sisters now live in community settings, their former home remains remarkably intact.  Behind the convent's imposing walls lies a welcoming oasis of beauty, grace, greenery, and 150 years of Brooklyn history.  Sr. Caroline Tweedy, the Director of Development for Mercy Home, which now operates group homes for developmentally disabled adults, will lead this very special tour.

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Hidden Brooklyn: Convent of Mercy
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30pm
$15/$10 for BHS Members

Unless otherwise noted, there are no refunds once program tickets are purchased. 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 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.

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