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OlmstedScreening and Discussion:
Olmsted and America's Urban Parks

Mon, Jul 24, 6:30 pm
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Join filmmaker Rebecca Messner for a screening and discussion of her documentary tribute to the visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted who, with Calvert Vaux, designed both Central and Prospect Parks. Offered in connection with BHS’ new exhibition celebrating Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary.

Brooklyn AnimationThe Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation
Tue, Jul 25, 6:30 pm
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Long before Pixar, The Simpsons, WB Looney Tunes, and Walt Disney became synonymous with cartoons, American animation was born and bred in Brooklyn. Join animators John Canemaker and Jennifer Oxley, collector Tommy Stathes, and archivist David Kay for a panel exploring the past, present, and future of Brooklyn animation, featuring clips from Winsor McCay (Gertie the Dinosaur), Fleischer Studios (Ko-ko the Clown, Betty Boop), 100 Chickens--formerly 9 Ate 7 Productions (PEG + CAT), and more.

Bill & Ted'sHollywood Does History... Poorly Part 1: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Mon, Jul 31, 6:30 pm
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From biopics to period dramas, Hollywood has always been fascinated with historical events, but that does not mean accuracy is the priority! In this series we look at films that play fast and loose with history, often to absurd effect. Join us as we kick things off with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a classic tale of 1980s slackers sent back in time by a futuristic George Carlin. Rafer Guzman, film critic at Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer of Slate introduce the film.


PocahontasHollywood Does History... Poorly Part 2: Pocahontas
Mon, Aug 7, 6:30 pm
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Our summer film series continues with this Disney classic that rewrites the harsh story of colonialism as a tale of love, and even casts the wrong Englishman along the way! Kristen Meinzer of Slate and Rafer Guzman, film critic at Newsday, provide the context and some real history.

The Original Celebrity Chef: The King of Curry
Thu, Aug 10, 7:00 pm
$10 / $5 for Members
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Long before NYC had Danny Meyer, the charismatic chef J. Ranji Smile took the city by storm. Arriving in NYC
in 1899, Smile introduced Indian cuisine to the well-to-do, ushering curry into America’s foodie lexicon. Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman and MIT’s Vivek Bald, scholar, filmmaker, and writer focusing on the South Asian subcontinent, discuss Smile’s sometimes scandalous rise to fame and his lasting impact on American cuisine.

Forrest GumpHollywood Does History... Poorly Part 3: Forrest Gump
Mon, Aug 14, 6:30 pm
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The final installment of our film series looks at the life of one of American history’s most iconic figures: Forrest Gump! While a work of fiction, Gump’s bizarre “right place, right time” journey through time would make him our most important historical lynchpin… if it were true, of course. Slate’s Kristen Meinzer introduces the film.

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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Bank of AmericaPublic Programs are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Bank of America. 

Additonal funding provided by The Agnes Varis Trust.