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Preserving Your PapersPreserving Your Personal Papers

Thu, Dec 1, 6:30 pm
$20/$15 for BHS and G-W Members
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What are the tools needed to preserve your family’s history for future generations? Join archivist John Zarrillo to learn how to properly store and handle your family’s papers, photographs, and memorabilia.

Presented in partnership with The New York Preservation Archive Project.

Al CaponeBook Talk: Deirdre Bair on Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend

Mon, Dec 5, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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On January 17, 1899, a legend was born in Brooklyn. More than 100 years later, Al Capone's less-than-virtuous legacy continues to captivate our imaginations. With exclusive access to his descendants, National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair reveals the man behind the notorious gangster.

December Free Friday

Sarah LohmanHow Immigrant Cooks Shape American Food

Tue, Dec 13, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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In celebration of the release of her new book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, in which historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman looks at the lesser-known stories of immigrant recipes that have profoundly affected American cuisine, Lohman talks to Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu and Mario Carbone of Carbone about immigrant influence and first generation American food in NYC.

Stop and FriskStop and Frisk: An In-Depth Look at a Contentious Policing Tactic

Wed, Dec 14, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Criminologist and criminal justice expert Michael White delves into his and Henry Fradella's new book, Stop and Frisk: The Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic, the first authoritative history and analysis of one of the most controversial policing tactics in modern history.

The Other SlaveryBook Talk: Andrés Reséndez on The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Thu, Dec 15, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Historian Andrés Reséndez shares the myth-shattering story of the mass enslavement of American Indians by European colonists, which he argues was a major factor in the decimation of indigenous populations across North America.

Ric BurnsBrooklyn Documentaries Screening: "Brooklyn, New York: The Way of the World"

Wed, Dec 21, 6:30 pm
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The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival presents a special 10th-year-anniversary screening of Brooklyn documentaries. The main film feature will be an excerpted portion of Ric Burns' magnificent documentary opus New York, A Documentary Film, followed by a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker Ric Burns. Additional Brooklyn documentaries will be presented.

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.