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Boos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical Halloween

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Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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BHS opens its doors for an evening of Halloween hijinks! Join us for tales of Brooklyn’s ghosts featuring Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes, an exploration of funerary traditions with funeral director Amy Cunningham, and more celebrations of all things macabre. Come in costume and participate in a contest for the title of Best Dressed Ghoul in Brooklyn!

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6:00pm:

Doors open!

6:30pm - 7:15pm:

An Affectionate History of Winding Sheets and Burial Garments, Illustrated Lecture by Amy Cunningham

The rule of simplicity which works so well in life also works great after death also. As more families seize greater control over the cost and aesthetics of the American funeral, the casket may slowly fade from importance as the burial shroud rises to prominence. In this illustrated lecture by Brooklyn funeral director Amy Cunningham, we'll study the employment of shrouds and garments in Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. We'll gaze at the best shrouds in religious and art history, and see burial fabrics fit for emperors (Charlemagne's shroud was indeed a knock-out). Our lecture will conclude with a discussion of present-day, eco-friendly, shroud making. You'll learn why the burial shroud is the rock star of today's greener burial movement. We'll also study the work of several clever designers who hope we'll start taking our final outfits as seriously we select what we don every day.

Presented in conjunction with Reimagine End of Life as part of the weeklong event exploring big questions about life and death, Reimagine NYC.

7:45pm - 8:30pm:

Something Strange in Our Neighborhoods: The Ghosts of Brooklyn by Andrea Janes

With centuries of history to draw from, it's no surprise that may be plenty of spirits wandering alongside you in the streets of Brooklyn. Join Boroughs of the Death founder and owner Andrea Janes for an overview of some of Brooklyn's favorite haunts, and what these stories can tell us about fear, the passage of time, and the way we think of the afterlife. There may even be a tale or two from the halls of the historic BHS building on Pierrepont Street.

More to come!

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Boos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical Halloween
Wednesday, October 31
Doors: 5:30 pm
Event: 6:00 pm
Free

Your registration helps us to gauge attendance for this program, but please note that it does not guarantee seating. Space at this program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors open at 5:30pm and the program begins at 6:00pm.

Brooklyn Historical Society public programs are made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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