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Pamela Newkirk

Book Talk: Pamela Newkirk,
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga
Thu, Jun 4, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS & G-W Members

Award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk shares the shocking story of Ota Benga, an African man who was used as a zoo exhibit in NYC in 1906, and explores the evolution of science and race relations in the early 20th century.

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Free Weekend Tours: This is Brooklyn
This is Brooklyn
Join us to learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York's great landmark buildings! On select Sundays at 1pm, enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn's history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite who could use a quick history refresher!

Our May-June schedule includes:                                         
Sunday, May 31         Sunday, June 21                
Sunday, June 7          Sunday, June 28
Sunday, June 14                        

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week_May 27Memorial Day is the official kick off of summer with beaches and barbecues, but it is also a time to honor those who served in the country’s armed forces. A Brooklyn Daily Eagle article from May of 1896 describes “Memorial Celebrations” as “sacred in the calendar of patriotism, which was first called decoration day, but which now, more appropriately and poetically, is named after the memories of those heroes, ‘who died that this nation might live.’”

The photo of the week, taken by E. Van Altena, is a view of the military band marching along Bedford Avenue at Heyward Street, in the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade in 1895. This parade, also known  as the Kings County Memorial Day Parade, is over 148 years old, with the first taking place in 1867! Learn more about the history of this parade on the BHS Blog...

E. Van Altena, Military band marching in the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, 1895; V1972.1.1109 , Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection , ARC.201, Brooklyn Historical Society.

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BHS Gift Shop
Our beautiful new Gift Shop has the perfect gift for nearly any occasion! Whether you're looking for an authentic Brooklyn-made souvenir, a housewarming present for a new Brooklynite, or a Brooklyn-themed onesie for the newest member of the family, the BHS Gift Shop has got you covered!

Stop in any day between noon and 5pm for a truly "Brooklyn" shopping experience. 

Visiting BHS

Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 at the corner of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Public transportation is recommended due to limited parking.
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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday & major holidays

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Regular hours for Library Research are Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5pm


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$10 adults; $6 teachers and seniors;
free to members, students with valid school IDs, and children 12 years and under.

Special Projects

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Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations


Green-Wood partnerBHS is proud to be 2015 strategic partners with Green-Wood, one of Brooklyn's great historic sites. Learn about their events and tours at

BLDG92 partnerBrooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG92 and BHS are education partners offering free programs for k-12 students and teachers in the NYC public school system. Find out more about their public programs and events at

Downtown Brooklyn Arts AllianceBHS is proud to be a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance (DBAA). DBAA is a coalition of more than 30 cultural groups organized to connect and serve Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations, to communicate their impact on Downtown Brooklyn and to actively mobilize in the best interests of artist communities. Learn more about DBAA here.

Big Onion Walking ToursBHS regularly welcomes groups from Big Onion Walking Tours to our building. Big Onion Walking Tours has offered innovative and exciting walks in NYC's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods since 1991. All guides hold advanced degrees in American History, Art History, or a related field, and they are often researching and writing theses on topics relevant to their tours. More information and a calendar of public tours can be found on their website: