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Upcoming Programs

Hegeman and Lefferts RecordsDutch Colonial Brooklyn: An Intimate Glimpse
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS Members

BHS and the Brooklyn Museum join forces to explore the lives of Brooklyn’s founding families. Kevin Stayton, the Brooklyn Museum’s Chief Curator, will discuss several rare items from the Brooklyn Museum Library’s Special Collections, including an 1812 diary written by Jane Schenck, an 1891 travel diary by William Edward Schenck, and a recent acquisition of an 1872 genealogy documenting the Schenck Family in Europe and America. BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia will reveal how the collections of one Brooklyn family, the Lefferts, can teach us important lessons about Brooklyn’s agrarian past. 

[List of various Hegeman and Lefferts family births, marriages, and deaths], circa 1700s-1800s; Lefferts family papers, ARC.145, box 4, folder 19; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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This is BrooklynFree Weekend Tours: This is Brooklyn
Join us to learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York's great landmark buildings. Every other Sunday at 1pm, enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn's history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first-time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite who could use a quick history refresher!

Our spring schedule includes:                                         
Sunday, April 5              Sunday, April 19 

                                                 Family Programs at BHS

Learn more on our Public Programs Calendar.

Photo of the Week

POTW - Hurricane SandyHurricane Sandy

Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit? The 2012 superstorm devastated homes, businesses, public transportation, and lives all throughout the region. This week's "Photo of the Week" is by teacher and photographer Michael Claro, who documented some of Sandy's effects through his lens.

Read more on the BHS Blog.

[Woman in front of a damaged home caused by Hurricane Sandy]; 2012, 2014.010.8;
Michael Claro Hurricane Sandy photograph collection, 2014.010; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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BHS Gift Shop
Our beautiful new Gift Shop has the perfect gift for nearly any occasion! Whether you're looking for an authentic Brooklyn-made souvenir, a housewarming present for a new Brooklynite, or a Brooklyn-themed onesie for the newest member of the family, the BHS Gift Shop has got you covered!

Stop in any day between noon and 5pm for a truly "Brooklyn" shopping experience. 

Visiting BHS

Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 at the corner of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Public transportation is recommended due to limited parking.
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Museum Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday & major holidays

Gift Shop Hours

Monday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Library Hours

Regular hours for Library Research are Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5pm


Suggested contribution:
$10 adults; $6 teachers and seniors;
free to members, students with valid school IDs, and children 12 years and under.

Special Projects

Brooklyn Bridge Park signageBrooklyn Waterfront History
In partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), BHS has created a series of historical markers throughout the park with an accompanying website to tell the rich history of the park as a site of bustling commerce, a refuge for immigrants, and much more. Explore the site here.

CBBGCrossing Borders, Bridging Generations

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) is an oral history project and public programming series which builds upon BHS's extensive oral history collections, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn. Explore CBBG's website to learn more about the project, read articles about mixed heritage, listen to already recorded oral histories, and join the community!

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Green-Wood partnerBHS is proud to be 2015 programming partners with Green-Wood, one of Brooklyn's great historic sites. Learn about their events and tours at

Downtown Brooklyn Arts AllianceBHS is proud to be a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance (DBAA). DBAA is a coalition of more than 30 cultural groups organized to connect and serve Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations, to communicate their impact on Downtown Brooklyn and to actively mobilize in the best interests of artist communities. Learn more about DBAA here.

Big Onion Walking ToursBHS regularly welcomes groups from Big Onion Walking Tours to our building. Big Onion Walking Tours has offered innovative and exciting walks in NYC's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods since 1991. All guides hold advanced degrees in American History, Art History, or a related field, and they are often researching and writing theses on topics relevant to their tours. More information and a calendar of public tours can be found on their website: