Author Archives: Julie May

About Julie May

I am the Managing Director of Library & Archives at Brooklyn Historical Society.

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) Launches website, The Packer Collegiate Institute: A Story of Education in Brooklyn

In 1845, a group of Brooklynites formed a committee to establish a school for “Female Education.” This group established a board of trustees, raised money to build the school and it opened as The Brooklyn Female Academy on Joralemon Street … Continue reading

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Love Letters from David C. Hurd, a Jamaican immigrant in Brooklyn

This post was written by Yingwen Huang, Processing Intern “I only wish I could send you some of this nice cool weather along with some rain and hail that we are having just now; for it would do Kingston a world … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Bitterly Cold

It’s cold out there, Brooklyn.  I think this photograph illustrates the minimal amount of snow we have but how small and cold one can feel facing the windchill today.  This photograph was taken by Adrian Vanderveer Martense, an amateur photographer … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Merry Christmas

It’s a festive time of year all over Brooklyn and the above photograph is just one of many in our collections illustrating just how celebratory our very own Williamsburgh Savings Bank became while it functioned as a bank.  Extremely large … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Festival of Lights

This week’s photo is to acknowledge the Festival of Lights, Chanukkah.  The festival began on Tuesday at sundown and continues all the way to Christmas Eve!  Enjoy the chocolates, dreidl spinning, and fried food.  If you find yourself unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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