as brooklyn continues to change (cough-gentrify-cough), i’ve found myself obsessing over institutions that have been pillars of our little borough. i’m always yapping about bam and the brooklyn museum, but the brooklyn historical society completes my holy brooklyn trinity. they always have amazing programming and this summer will probably be their best yet.
bhs is currently in the middle of a long term exhibition, “brooklyn exhibitions: in pursuit of freedom” which is a pretty epic archive about the abolitionist movement in brooklyn. i highly suggest you guys check it out.
see below some other must dos this summer at the brooklyn historical society!
05.28 – book talk
judith wellman, “brooklyn’s promised land: the free black community of weeksville, new york”
we all know and love the weeksville heritage center in crown heights. now learn the history of the community that pre-dated it.
06.04 – book talk
pamela newkirk, “spectacle: the astonishing life of ota benga”
sarah baartman is well known in our history as the south african woman forced into a life as a sideshow character, but little is known about ota benga who suffered a similar fate.
06.08 – film screening
“little white lie”
i watched this film on pbs about a month ago and i still can’t get over it. you really oughta get a ticket for this screening. your jaw will be on the floor the entire time.
07.06 – film screening
“grey gardens” is one of my fave docs. mainly because i’m sure this is what my mom and i have to look forward to. it’s a cult classic, so if you haven’t seen it…well..then…you’re kinda lame.
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