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Map Cataloger Lisa Miller traces 20th century Brooklyn through maps, showing Brooklyn's urban experience as a borough of New York City. From continued urbanization and expansion of industry into the outer reaches of Brooklyn through the post-war period, to the plans for renewal that unmade so many of its neighborhoods, and finally to the recognition of Brooklyn's architecture and history that is now the foundation of Brooklyn pride, BHS' maps trace each chapter of this story.
After seeing some of our unique 20th century treasures, continue talking maps at our Beer Garden!
Tales from the Vault! Boom, Bust, and Back: Maps of 20th Century Brooklyn
Thursday, July 10th
6pm Tales from the Vault!
6:30pm Beer Garden
FREE admisison, $5 drink tickets, $2 food tickets
Beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery
Event co-sponsored by ExploreBK.
Image credit: How to get to the New York World's Fair, and The heart of Brooklyn, 1939. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.
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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.