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Calendar of Programs

 AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
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Unless specified otherwise, all public programs take place at BHS Pierrepont
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

August

Book Talk: Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a ManBook Talk: Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man
Wed, Aug 15, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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Brooklyn writer Thomas Page McBee recounts his personal story as the first trans man to ever box in Madison Square Garden, and the struggle with gender stereotypes and violence he encountered along the way. In a conversation moderated by author and co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM Saeed Jones, McBee will bring to life this new book that explores the expanded definitions of masculinity we can derive from inside and outside the boxing ring.


Urban Bees: Mead, Rooftop Farms, and an Environmental CrucibleUrban Bees: Mead, Rooftop Farms, and an Environmental Crucible
Thu, Aug 23, 6:30 pm
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Explore the buzz around bees in NYC, from honey’s ascent on bar and restaurant menus, to the proliferation of urban apiaries and the unseen pesticide fallout impacting the city’s hives. Edible History queen bee Victoria Flexner moderates a conversation with meadmaker Raphael Lyon of Enlightenment Wines and Bushwick cocktail bar, Honey’s, Tim O’Neal of Borough Bees, and environmentalist Barbara Schacker.


September

New York State, Reproductive Justice, and the Midterm ElectionsNew York State, Reproductive Justice, and the Midterm Elections
Thu, Sep 6, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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What’s at stake for abortion access in New York State this November?  On the eve of September’s primary, and the Reproductive Health Act left unpassed in Albany, join Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of NYC, Inc.; NYS Senator Liz Krueger; Irin Carmon, author of The Notorious RBG and senior correspondent for New York Magazine; and Lynn Roberts of CUNY School of Public Health, for a discussion about the state of reproductive health, rights and justice locally and nationwide. The program is preceded by video segments from NO CHOICE, a series that, through personal stories, reminds us of pre-Roe v. Wade United States.  

Pictured clockwise from top: Laura McQuade, Liz Krueger, Irin Carmon, and Lynn Roberts
Presented in partnership with Planned Parenthood of NYC, Inc. and Public Square Media.  


Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11
Tue, Sep 11, 7:00 pm
Free

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Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, we reflect on how NYC and the world have changed through the eyes of three cultural creators: Tina Chang, Brooklyn’s first Poet Laureate who wrote movingly about the attack; Clifford Chanin, 9/11 Memorial & Museum EVP & Deputy Director of Museum Programs, who relays the complex process of developing the Museum’s narrative; and Pat Kiernan, a journalist whose work reporting NYC news spans our pre- and post-9/11 city.   

Pictured: A still frame from 2001, by Wolfgang Staehle, courtesy of National September 11 Memorial and Museum, © Wolfgang Staehle . Presented in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This program follows a day of free public viewing at BHS of artist Wolfgang Staehle’s video piece 2001 in which the attacks are captured.  


Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Reckoning, One Year LaterHurricane Maria: Puerto Rico's Reckoning, One Year Later
Thu, Sep 13, 6:30 pm
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What do the complex legacy of colonialism and the uncertain future of climate change mean for Puerto Rico today? Former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito sits down with Refinery29 news and politics reporter Andrea González-Ramírez to reflect on the impending one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s strike on Puerto Rico, the unjust federal response, and how the island’s historical connection with New York has served as a conduit for grassroots relief efforts and community healing.

Presented in partnership with Power For Puerto Rico and #OurPowerPRnyc, an initiative of the Climate Justice Alliance.


Book Talk: Never Ran, Never WillBook Talk: Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City
Mon, Sep 17, 6:30 pm
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Join BuzzFeed criminal justice reporter and author Albert Samaha for the uplifting story of the Mo Better Jaguars, a youth football team offering opportunity, community, and refuge to Brownsville’s young men. Against the backdrop of a Brooklyn community grappling with economic tensions and encroaching gentrification, the gridiron gives these young players the opportunity to forge friendships and their own visions for the future. The author is in conversation with culture writer for The AtlanticHannah Giorgis.


Growing Up Evangelical: A Woman's First-Hand AccountGrowing Up Evangelical: A Woman's First-Hand Account
Thu, Sep 20, 6:30 pm
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In Pure, an insider’s account of the culture of purity imposed on young women raised in the evangelical Christian faith, author Linda Kay Kleinunmasks the traumatic fear-mongering that she endured as an adolescent. Writing Pure led her to congregations across the nation. She discusses her journey, bridging the church’s sexual shaming with wider societal subjugations of women, in this conversation with former New York Times “On Religion” columnist Samuel Freedman.


Book Talk: Upending the Ivory TowerBook Talk: Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League
Tue, Sep 25, 6:30 pm
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Go inside the story of the pioneering black students, staff, and faculty members that reshaped the hallowed halls of Ivy League institutions of higher learning. Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Stefan Bradley, shares the history of how the Black Power movement took hold in university halls, forever changing curricula, narratives, and opportunities for black empowerment through education. 


Screening and Discussion of Bobbito Garcia's Rock Rubber 45sScreening and Discussion of Bobbito Garcia's Rock Rubber 45s
Thu, Sep 27, 7:00 pm
Free
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Street basketball, sneakers, and Hip-Hop collide in this singular documentary from the mind of Bobbito Garcia. Featuring interviews with Chuck D, Patti Labelle, Questlove, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more, experience this exploration into the global intersection of pop culture phenomena through the lens of Bobbito’s career as a streetball player, sneakerhead, and fixture in NYC’s hip-hop radio scene. Featuring a talkback with Bobbito and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival founder Wes Jackson.



October

New York’s Gargoyles: The Immigrants Who Made Them and the Hunters Who Saved Them New York’s Gargoyles: The Immigrants Who Made Them and the Hunters Who Saved Them
Tue, Oct 2, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for Members

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Members receive early access to this event! Click on “Tickets” and enter your Member ID on the following page after clicking on “Enter Promotional Code.” To learn about membership at BHS, click here. General Admission tickets go on sale on Monday, August 27.

From the 19th-century European artisans who incised their imaginations into NYC’s ever-taller edifices, to the obsessive gargoyle hunters who rescued this distinctive American art form from ruin in the postwar period, John Freeman Gill tells a sweeping story of the creation, near demise, and ultimate salvation of some of the city’s most extraordinary visages. Join Gill, author of The Gargoyle Hunters: A Novel, for an illustrated talk about this quintessential New York adventure story. Moderated by journalist and documentary filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro.


Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender JusticeImmigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice
Wed, Oct 10, 6:30 pm
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How can immigrant women workers achieve safe and just work environments free from sexual harassment and violence? Join us as Bernice Yeung, ProPublica reporter and author of In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, shares the harrowing experiences she chronicles in her book. She is joined by Rachel Isreeli of the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program in Sunset Park, which organizes cooperatives in the traditionally exploitative domestic work industry. Joanna Morales, a home care worker, will share her perspective as a worker-owner of Golden Steps Elder Care Cooperative

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Foundation and The New Press.


Bank of America presents History Makers: Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. GrantBank of America presents History Makers
Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant

Thu, Oct 11, 6:30 pm
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Ron Chernow, award-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton (the biographical inspiration behind the musical phenomenon), applies his peerless approach to the complicated figure of Ulysses S. Grant in this exploration of the story behind the larger-than-life general and president.


The Not-So-Sweet History of SugarThe Not-So-Sweet History of Sugar
Tue, Oct 16, 6:30 pm
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Join social historian, York College professor, and author of Sugar: The World Corrupted, From Slavery to Obesity, James Walvin, as he uncovers the fraught history of one of our most prevalent ingredients: sugar. From its role in catalyzing colonialism and slave trading, to its current contributions to health crises, Walvin delivers this history without any sugar coating.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront.


Book Talk: Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global BoroughBook Talk: Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough
Wed, Oct 17, 6:30 pm
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Tracing Brooklyn’s ascent from blighted outer borough to worldwide brand, authors Mark Noonan and Benjamin Shepard uncover the local consequences of globalization through the literature, social activism, and changing tides of capital as it crashes onto the shores of this ever-transforming borough.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront.


The Path to a Post-Rikers NYCThe Path to a Post-Rikers NYC
Wed, Oct 24, 6:30 pm
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Hope for breaking the brutal violence of Rikers Island with a 10-year plan to close the complex brings with it new questions on accountability, bail reform, borough-based jails, inmate release, and the persistent inability to operate a humane criminal justice system, regardless of location. New York Times reporter Ashley Southall leads a conversation tackling these tough questions with criminal justice experts including CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance Executive Director Michael Jacobson, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Dana Kaplan, and Vera Institute Program Director Insha Rahman.


Incivility: Violence in Congress on the Path to the Civil WarIncivility: Violence in Congress on the Path to the Civil War
Thu, Oct 25, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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If you despair of today’s political environment, and can’t imagine a more unruly and uncivil time, look no further than Joanne Freeman’s latest book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. The Yale historian documents the collapse of civil dialogue amongst members of congress in the years preceding the Civil War, from vitriolic diatribes to the infamous attack on Charles Sumner on the Capitol floor. She is joined in conversation by fellow historian and author, Alexis Coe.


Boos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical HalloweenBoos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical Halloween
Wed, Oct 31, 6:00-9:00 pm
Free
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BHS opens its doors for an evening of Halloween hijinks! Join us for tales of Brooklyn’s ghosts featuring Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes, an exploration of funerary traditions with death educator Amy Cunningham, and more celebrations of all things macabre. Come in costume and participate in a contest for the title of Best Dressed Ghoul in Brooklyn!



November

About Them Apples: Inside Brooklyn’s Cider BoomAbout Them Apples: Inside Brooklyn’s Cider Boom
Wed, Nov 14, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for Members

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A refined, hyper-local potpourri of apple-based libations is taking root in Brooklyn, with makers inspired by everything from from Green-Wood Cemetery trees to medieval Basque traditions. Condé Nast Traveler food and drink writer Craig Cavallo moderates a conversation with Susan Yi of Brooklyn Cider House, Jahil Maplestone of Descendant Cider Company, and Joy Hammond of Proper Cider as they share stories of navigating production in the inner city, shifting forces in regional agriculture, and the secret to crisp apple sips.

Presented in connection with the exhibition The Business of Brooklyn.


Bank of America Presents History Makers: Frederick Douglass and Fugitive Slaves: David Blight in Conversation with Andrew DelbancoBank of America presents History Makers
Frederick Douglass and Fugitive Slaves: David Blight in Conversation with Andrew Delbanco

Mon, Nov 26, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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Yale historian and author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, David Blight, sits down with Columbia University’s Andrew Delbanco, author of The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. Join these celebrated thinkers for a conversation about abolition and a pivotal era in American history.



December

Stripping Stigma: HIV/AIDS in NYC NowStripping Stigma: HIV/AIDS in NYC Now
Mon, Dec 10, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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Members receive early access to this event! Click on “Tickets” and enter your Member ID on the following page after clicking on “Enter Promotional Code.” To learn about membership at BHS, click here. General Admission tickets go on sale on Monday, August 27.

Author and historian Sarah Schulman, Columbia University Associate Dean of Community and Minority Affairs Dr. Robert Fullilove, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Director of HIV Prevention Anthony Albanese explore the footprint of the crisis of decades past, continued inequity in education and treatment across racial and socioeconomic communities, and marked efforts for opening the conversation surrounding HIV/AIDS in the post-PrEP era

Presented in partnership with The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.



Brooklyn Historical Society's Spring/Summer 2018 season of public programs are made possible, in part, through the generosity of TD Bank.
TD Bank


Brooklyn Historical Society public programs are made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

NYSCA      NYC DCA

The History Makers series is proudly presented by Bank of America

Bank of America






Brooklyn Heights Tours

Big Onion Brooklyn Heights TourHistoric Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Explore New York City’s first Landmark District on a special tour co-sponsored by Big Onion and BHS! End your excursion at BHS, where you'll receive free admission and a behind-the-scenes look at our magnificent 1881 building. Check out the schedule of upcoming tours HERE and start planning your next Brooklyn adventure!Big Onion






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Brooklyn Historical Society requires 24 hours notice before the date of the event to refund a ticket. No refunds are provided after that point. This means no refunds are provided on the day of the event and all subsequent days.