Monthly Archives: September 2018

Flatbush + Main Episode 29: Cholera in Brooklyn

In Episode 29 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, host Zaheer Ali and guest-host Erin Wuebker, fellow BHS historian, discuss the impact of cholera on Brooklyn, which led to the illness and death of thousands of residents in the 19th century. Zaheer and Erin consider how epidemics of cholera were both symptoms of the city’s tremendous growth and change in this era, and catalysts for Brooklyn to develop basic infrastructure we associate with a modern city.

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BHS Map Collection Update

Brooklyn Historical Society’s Library & Archives team has an exciting project update to share! In 2017, BHS received a generous grant from National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support Portal to the Past: Creating Brooklyn Historical Society’s Digital Map … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Typewriting Class

The photo of the week depicts a typewriting class in the Secretarial School at the Central Branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Brooklyn in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, around 1930. A note handwritten on the back … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: William Koch Glass Plate Negatives

One strength of Brooklyn Historical Society’s collections is the 19th century photographs. There are hundreds of photographs from this period that glimpse at Brooklyn’s pastoral past. The photo of the week by William Koch is one of my favorites from … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Packer Collegiate Institute

New York City Schools are back in session this week! Are you ready for another school year? The photo of the week depicts a chemistry classroom at Packer Collegiate Institute in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn taken in 1891. … Continue reading

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