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Each week, we share an interesting or curious image from the BHS Archives on the
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The photo of the week depicts Louis Ramus dressed for the annual Masquerade Ball at Brooklyn Turn Verein Hall on March 5, 1917, in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. Turn Verein halls originated in Germany, and expanded to the United States in communities with large German populations. In Brooklyn, Turn Verein halls were community, education, and cultural centers seeking to preserve and celebrate German traditions and celebrations. There were at least five Turn Verein chapters in Brooklyn, with nearly every one hosting an annual Masquarade Ball. Learn more about these extravagant balls on the
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Louis Ramus [at the Masquerade Ball], 1917, V1978.174.30, Ramus family papers and photographs, 1978.174; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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