Calendar of Events
All events are held at Brooklyn Historical Society unless otherwise noted.
Winter/Spring 2013 Program Series
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
EVENT LOCATION: Green-Wood Cemetery!
Life and Death Along Sportsmen’s Row: Brooklyn’s Eighth Avenue and Green-Wood
In the 1890s, a swath of Eighth Avenue was grandly deemed Sportsmen’s Row for the many residents in horseracing as owners, trainers, and jockeys. Meanwhile, they lived among men of prominence and success in politics, business, law, and the arts. Lucas Rubin has explored their intertwined lives in his 2012 book, Brooklyn’s Sportsmen’s Row: Politics, Society, and the Sporting Life on Northern Eighth Avenue. And in fact, much of Rubin’s research was done in Green-Wood’s fruitful archives. Now, Rubin offers something of a final chapter, a “where are they now?” of these early Brooklyn residents. Just as their lives came together in fascinating ways, death brought many together again – right here in Green-Wood. This talk will take a closer look at some of the book’s more peripheral characters – and some of Eighth Avenue’s most renowned denizens. After the talk, hop on the trolley for a tour of related Green-Wood sites.
This event has two parts, with separate tickets for each part:
1.The free book talk/presentation in the historic Green-Wood chapel, ending with a book signing.
2.A guided trolley tour immediately following the talk. Tickets are $10 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and $15 for non-members
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Mixed Heritage Storytime!
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
“Baby brother or sister, will you look like me?”
Join three acclaimed children’s book authors for lively readings from their books that celebrate mixed and international heritage and the rich diversity within our families and communities.
Featuring Sylviane Diouf, author of Bintou’s Braids, about a little girl growing up in a West African village; Toyomi Igus, author of Two Mrs. Gibsons, a story about her bicultural, biracial family; and Selina Alko, author and illustrator of B is for Brooklyn and I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother, a lyrical tale about a big-brother-to-be wondering what his new little sibling will look like.
This event is presented in collaboration with Kids at Greenlight, a regular story hour for kids ages 3 – 8 and their families.
Free for ALL ages
**Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis
Saturday, June 1, 2013
1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
FREE Family Diorama Workshop
Brooklyn Historical Society (Othmer Library)
Taught by educator Angela Kramer Murphy, from www.proteusgowanus.org
In this family workshop, participants will reflect on the relationship between Brooklyn past and present by making their own three-dimensional accordion books, or dioramas, using copies of old and modern maps, photographs, and other images. We will be working in the Othmer Library at the Brooklyn Historical Society, which holds the original versions of many of the documents we will be using in our artworks.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
FREE Book Launch and Author Talk: Philip F. Napoli
Bringing It All Back Home
An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans
Brooklyn Historical Society, Othmer Library
Join us for a discussion from the author and a remarkable group of veterans who will share some of the heartrending oral histories that topple assumptions about the people who served in Vietnam. Philip F. Napoli’s Bringing It All Back Home strips away the myths and reveals the complex individuals who served in Southeast Asia. Napoli was one of the chief researchers for Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation, and in the spirit of that enterprise, his oral histories recast our understanding of a war and its legacy.
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