In the month after Superstorm Sandy, BHS featured photos of the storm collected through social media as its Photos of the Week. We used a Storify page to collect the photographs, which came in from staff members and friends of the institution. In the few days following the storm, the number of submissions and the scenes of storm damage were startling. They served and will continue to serve as important documentation of a pivotal event in Brooklyn’s history.
A few months ago, we made an additional call for photographs; this time to be displayed in an exhibition. Sincere thank yous go out to all the photographers who submitted their amazing photographs for Documenting Sandy, which opened last week, and awaits your visit.
On Wednesday, October 30, BHS will commemorate the anniversary of the storm and celebrate the opening of this innovative exhibit. Come listen to and share your Sandy experiences at the 6:30 pm event One Year Later: Superstorm Sandy. After the discussion, we will toast the photographers who documented New York City following Superstorm Sandy with a wine and cheese reception in our landmark library and 3rd floor gallery.
Our call for submissions for Superstorm Sandy materials remains active. We are not only collecting photographs, but artifacts, ephemera, and other documentation of this storm and its effect on the residents of Brooklyn. You can email our Collection Staff to discuss further.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our new website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.