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Announcing the new Center for Brooklyn History

Brooklyn Historical Society is excited to announce it is now the Center for Brooklyn History at Brooklyn Public Library.

By combining these institutions, the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) becomes the most expansive collection of Brooklyn history in the world.

As part of the Brooklyn Public Library, the resources of CBH will be available to the entire borough, allowing this institution to continue its longstanding commitment to expanding and diversifying representations of the history of Brooklyn. Through the unification of our resources, Brooklynites will have free and open access to the collections and magnificent building at 128 Pierrepont Street, where the Brooklyn Historical Society has been located for 140 years, and online through myriad digital resources and exhibitions. The collection will be featured in exhibitions and programs throughout BPL’s neighborhood branches, so that people in every neighborhood will be exposed to its breadth and complexity.

The Center for Brooklyn History will offer expanded virtual public programs, education programs and resources, while launching new digital offerings and continuing to provide access to the combined collections of both institutions, including oral histories, documents, and artifacts related to Brooklynites’ experiences during COVID. The programs will include the continuation of some of our award-winning programming while also adding additional offerings derived from the combined resources of Brooklyn Public Library.

During the next months, since the Center is closed for in-person visits due to COVID, we will begin moving BPL’s Brooklyn Collection to the Pierrepont building, preparing to reopen in 2021 to scholars, researchers, students, and the public, all free of charge, with the combined collections united and services including in-person programming, exhibits, and access to the archives. In addition, the building itself will become more publicly accessible, with areas for reading and studying, and expanded hours of operation.