Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Historical Society Pierrepont

[Long Island Historical Society, Pierrepont Street and Clinton Street], 1961, V1974.031.30; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Long Island Historical Society, Pierrepont Street and Clinton Street], 1961, V1974.031.30; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Visitors to the Brooklyn Historical Society Pierrepont location sometimes ask if the building served another purpose before it was the historical society. The answer is—it was always the historical society! Built in 1881, the Queen Anne-style building was designed by architect George Browne Post. The Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society) held a design competition from December 1877 to 1878 as a basis for the construction of the new historical society building. Post won the competition, and his vision, attention to detail, and innovative design can be seen every day by visiting our landmarked building. You can check out 73 architectural drawings (including Post’s) submitted for the building design competition here.

The photo of the week depicts the front entrance to Long Island Historical Society  in 1961. This photograph is from the Long Island Historical Society photographs collection comprised of photographs from 1925 to 1980 that relate to the historic building and activities of the Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society). To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Don’t forget that Brooklyn Historical Society now has two locations. In addition to the Pierrepont location, BHS has opened a second location in DUMBO. All summer long, BHS DUMBO offers free summer Friday hours (6-9pm). We hope you will visit us at both locations!

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 Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

 

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Photo of the Week: 19th Century Photographs

[Women and little girl in garden], circa 1900, v1985.4.38; William Koch glass plate negatives, v1985.4; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Women and little girl in garden], circa 1900, v1985.4.38; William Koch glass plate negatives, v1985.4; Brooklyn Historical Society.

One strength of Brooklyn Historical Society’s vast collections is the 19th Century Brooklyn photographs. The photo of the week is from one of those collections–the William Koch glass plate negatives collection– and depicts a woman and little girl in a garden in Brooklyn, around the late 1890s. Glass plate negatives were a popular photography format during this time and required a light-sensitive emulsion thinly layered on a piece of glass. Because of their fragility, glass plate negatives are vulnerable to scratching and flaking, which you can see on the left side of this frame.

The William Koch glass plate negatives collection is comprised of 66 photographs from 1890 to 1925 that document homes, farms, street scenes, and informal portraits throughout Brooklyn. To see more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery. Additional 19th century photography collections include Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, Emmanuel house lantern slide collection, and Ralph Irving Lloyd lantern slides.

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 Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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Photo of the Week: Prospect Park

[Tennis on the Long Meadow], circa 1915, v1973.5.3422; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Tennis on the Long Meadow], circa 1915, v1973.5.3422; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The photo of the week depicts lawn tennis on the Long Meadow in Prospect Park, around 1915. To celebrate the park’s 150th anniversary, Brooklyn Historical Society has partnered with Prospect Park Alliance to present a new exhibition titled The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The exhibition highlights the social history of the park and features over one hundred artifacts and documents. We hope you will join us in celebrating Prospect Park’s rich history at the opening tomorrow, July 13, at BHS Pierrepont.

This photographs comes from the Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection comprised of roughly 7000 items dating from 1900 to 1950. The collection provides a comprehensive documentation of the borough of Brooklyn with images of neighborhoods, homes, buildings, and infrastructure. To see more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

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 Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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Photo of the Week: Happy Fourth of July!

Sunset, Coney Island, 1965, V1988.12.112;Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides,v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Sunset, Coney Island, 1965, V1988.12.112;Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides,v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society.

We hope you had a festive and relaxing holiday weekend! Watching the annual fireworks is one of my favorite Fourth of July traditions. With that in mind, the photo of the week depicts a fireworks display at Coney Island in 1965.

This photograph comes from the Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides collection comprised of 157 color slides taken by Dreschmeyer in Brooklyn from 1965 to 1968. Dreschmeyer was a lifelong resident of the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. Some highlights of the collection include the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day parade and beach scenes from Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island. To see more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

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 Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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Flatbush + Main Episode 15: Welcome to BHS DUMBO

In Episode 15 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia dive into the history of Empire Stores, the historic 19th-century waterfront warehouse that is now the home of BHS’s new satellite museum, BHS DUMBO.

Index

02:57 – Histories and Ideas
20:13 – Into the Archives
35:30 – Voices of Brooklyn

For complete show notes, go to www.brooklynhistory.org/flatbush-main

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Learn more about BHS DUMBO – including how to visit – at brooklynhistory.org/dumbo.

Segment 1: Histories and Ideas

BHS’s new satellite museum is situated in a historic 19th-century building – the details of which reveal important clues about the Brooklyn waterfront’s working history. Julie and Zaheer analyze the architectural components of the building – from its arched windows and schist walls to the original warehouse machinery BHS features in the new gallery space.

We hope local listeners will visit soon! In the meantime, here are some images of the building.

The winch and original beams shown here were restored thanks to the generosity of American Express.

Segment 2: Into the Archives

In the process of planning and opening the new gallery space, BHS historians pieced together a detailed history of the building and the site on which it sits. In this segment, Julie and Zaheer explore the maps and newspaper articles that chronicled the history of Empire Stores.

Here are images of the documents we looked at during this episode:

Taylor, "A new and accurate plan of the city of New York," 1797, New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7b28-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Taylor, “A new and accurate plan of the city of New York,” 1797, New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7b28-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Dripps, “Map of the City of Brooklyn Long Island," 1850, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Dripps, “Map of the City of Brooklyn Long Island,” 1850, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Perris, "Insurance maps of the Warehouses," 1861 New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64b486c0-128f-c1eb-e040-e00a18063e84

Perris, “Insurance maps of the Warehouses,” 1861 New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64b486c0-128f-c1eb-e040-e00a18063e84

Segment 3: Voices of Brooklyn

In this segment of “Voices of Brooklyn,” we listened to Angela Fontanez, who was born in the Bronx in 1943, and grew up in DUMBO. Her oral history interview, recorded January 29, 1989, is part of the Hispanic Communities Documentary Project. You can learn more about her and listen to her complete interview on BHS’s Oral History Portal here.

Segment 4: Endorsements

Julie endorsed “Gone Fishin’: Brooklyn’s Favorite, Forgotten Pastime. On Thursday, July 6, Jarrett Murphy, Executive Publisher of City Limits, leads a discussion with Sean Dixon, environmental law advocate at Hudson Riverkeeper and professor, and Michael Louie, fisherman and representative of the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association, about the realities of today’s urban fishing landscape. Event starts at 6:30pm. Reserve tickets, ($5/free for members) here.

Zaheer endorsed “The New Crown Heights? A Neighborhood and Its Future.” On Tuesday, July 18, MSNBC host and author Joy-Ann Reid moderates a panel of people living and working in Crown Heights and their varied views on neighborhood change and transformation.Event starts at 6:30pm and is free. Reserve tickets here.

Special thanks to those whose support make Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and our upcoming “Waterfront” exhibition possible:

National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of the Mayor of New York City, New York City Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Empire State Development, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, American Express, Bank of America, FHL Bank San Francisco, Midtown Equities, and M&T Bank. BHS programs are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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