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It's been one year, and though Super Storm Sandy has largely receded from the headlines, Brooklynites still grapple with its devastating impact. This program seeks to preserve and document the unique experiences of those whose daily lives continue to be impacted in the aftermath of Sandy. Our panel will include a homeowner (Andrea Hodge, Canarsie), NYCHA resident (Rasheed Johnson, a teen living in the Red Hook Houses), business owner (Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe from The River Cafe in DUMBO), and one of Coney Island’s first responders, all of whom continue to work to help their communities return to a “new normal” post Sandy. Also participating is Rachel Falcone of Sandy Storyline, an organization that has gathered audio, video, photography, and text from residents and citizen journalists to document the storm and its aftermath, with the goal of advocating for a more just and sustainable future. Amy Starecheski, Associate Director of the Columbia University Oral History MA Program, will moderate.
This program is co-presented by the Brooklyn Community Foundation, whose Brooklyn Recovery Fund provided over $3 million in direct aid to individuals, businesses, and nonprofits in the borough's waterfront communities.
We welcome you to join us for an opening reception for BHS's new exhibition 'Documenting Sandy' following the program. Learn more about the innovative exhibition here.
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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.