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Roses: Tracing the American Beauty’s Roots in NYC with Stephen Scanniello
Tue, Apr 28, 6:30pm

$10 General Admission/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
The earliest gardens and conservatories of old New York from Harlem to Brooklyn Heights overflowed with roses. As a result of the efforts of rose preservationists, these same roses are once again filling our neighborhoods with intoxicating fragrances. Learn all about the little-known lore and deep-rooted history of these American beauties from Stephen Scanniello, Curator for the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and the President of the Heritage Rose Foundation.

Part of the “Nature in Our Midst” program series with Green-Wood Cemetery.

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Free Weekend Tours: This is Brooklyn
This is Brooklyn
Join us to learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York's great landmark buildings! On select Sundays 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 winter schedule includes:                                         
Sunday, May 3                 Sunday, May 17
Sunday, May 10               Sunday, May 24

Family Programs at BHS

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week_Apr 22
The photo of the week is a carte de visite of President Abraham Lincoln reading with his son Tad. While cartes de visite in BHS’s collections often feature everyday Brooklynites who distributed their portraits to loved ones, many people also collected widely-distributed cares de visite of famous people. Collecting these seemingly personal images of national leaders crystallized a collective sense of nationalism among Americans. This photograph is particularly unique because while it is posed, it feels like a candid, private moment. How did images like this shape the wartime experience on the battlefront and the home front during the Civil War? Find out on the BHS Blog and then view more Civil War-era carte de visites in our new exhibition Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn!

[Lincoln and son], circa 1864; John B. Woodward papers, ARC.275; 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

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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

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Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations


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: