Category Archives: Brooklyn Past & Present

Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Historical Society’s building

The photo of the week depicts Brooklyn Historical Society (formerly the Long Island Historical Society) around 1925. The land was purchased in 1868, but the Depression of 1873 stalled building plans until 1878 when enough money was amassed for construction. … Continue reading

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Ginger Adams Otis and The Vulcan Society

On Tuesday, July 7, Brooklyn Historical Society hosted a book talk with Ginger Adams Otis, author of Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest, a book about the traditions and infrastructure that shape the FDNY and the impressive … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Cabinet Cards

The photo of the week is a cabinet card of Josie E. Burton and dog (possibly her pet), taken sometime around 1885. Cabinet cards are photographic prints mounted on a commercially printed cardstock, usually displaying the photographer or studio name. … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Daisies

The photo of the week depicts children as daisies from sewing school class around 1910. The Emmanuel House, located at 131 Steuben Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn was a civic center and place of outreach run by … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Sheep in Prospect Park

Can you imagine witnessing this idyllic scene in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow? In the early years of the park, New Hampshire and black-faced Southdown sheep could be seen grazing in the Long Meadow with lambs in tow. Olmstead and Vaux, … Continue reading

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