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Since 1863

Brooklyn Historical Society makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, meaningful, and relevant today. While our sites are closed, we invite you to take advantage of our many virtual offerings. See some below.

Closed for now

  • BHS DUMBO Closed
  • BHS Pierrepont Closed
  • BHS Pierrepont Gift Shop Closed
  • Othmer Library Closed

We are collecting material related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Even as we cope with these difficult times, Brooklyn Historical Society is focused on our responsibility to document and preserve the borough’s history. We are actively collecting material related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is impacting daily life on an unprecedented scale. Our goal is to document and preserve the collective experiences of our community during the crisis, including the health, economic, social, political, and religious impacts of COVID-19 on our borough.

We invite and encourage you to share your thoughts, stories, and the material you have collected or created related to COVID-19 in Brooklyn. With your help, BHS will build a collection that reflects the many ways Brooklynites were impacted by, and responded to, this crisis.

Learn how to add to the COVID-19 collection