San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Have you ever seen a boxing match in Coney Island? A 10-acre farm in East New York? What about a herd of cattle strolling down Bedford Ave.?
No? BHS archivist John Zarrillo has been working on the records of Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel for the past year and has unearthed a number of documents which illustrate just how much Brooklyn has changed over since the 19th century. On Thursday, June 19th, we kick off our summer Tales from the Vault! series with a peek into Brooklyn's little-known and often quirky past, followed by our first beer garden of the summer!
Tales from the Vault! 19th Century Brooklyn: Snapshots of Change
Followed by BHS Beer Garden
Thursday, June 19th
6pm Tales from the Vault
7pm Beer Garden
FREE admission, $5 drink tickets, $2 food tickets
Beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.
Image credit: Seaside Athletic Club boxing programme, 1895, Brooklyn, N.Y., Department of Law, Corporation Counsel records, 2013.015; Brooklyn Historical Society
When & Where
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.