Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Miss Mary E. Ingalls

Miss Mary E. Ingalls, L.I.H.S. Museum attendant, ca.1912, v1972.1.1057; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The woman pictured in this early twentieth-century photograph is staffing the museum gallery desk of what was then called the Long Island Historical Society. Much has changed since Miss Ingalls’s day: the Long Island Historical Society is now Brooklyn Historical Society, the building’s museum space looks very different, and the popular style of dress has relaxed a bit. Yet Brooklyn Historical Society still maintains a legacy of creative and engaging public exhibitions. Today, BHS visitors can explore such exhibits like Context\Contrast, which examines new architecture in New York’s historic districts, and Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places, Progress, a student-curated exhibit that traces the evolution of Brooklyn into the place we know today. Ms. Ingalls, no doubt, would approve.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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2 Responses to Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Miss Mary E. Ingalls

  1. Sally says:

    I don’t know, it doesn’t look like Ms. Ingalls approves of much of anything.

  2. Now THAT is what I call a librarian stereotype!

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