Monthly Archives: December 2017

Photo of the Week: Fernan Luna Photographs

We recently digitized ten photographs by Fernan Luna that document the Puerto Rican neighborhoods of Brooklyn, particularly Williamsburg, during the mid-1970s. The photographs are primarily documentary-style and feature protests, religious ceremonies, and candid portraits of Puerto Rican residents of Williamsburg. … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Theatre Fire

The Brooklyn Theatre Fire—one of the deadliest theatre fires in history—occurred 141 years ago, on December 5, 1876. The tragic event occurred during the final act of the play “The Two Orphans.” The fire started when a gaslight ignited part … Continue reading

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Flatbush + Main Episode 20: Memories of Old Williamsburgh

In Episode 20 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia use one seemingly inconsequential manuscript collection to explore themes of memory and history-making over many generations. In 1915, Brooklynite Francis Morrell wrote a small tract called “Recollections of Old Williamsburgh.” This self-published work of genealogy reminds us that historical writing tells us just as much about the time that it was written as about the time period it purports to study.

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