Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote a really interesting piece in this week’s New Yorker about tracing his family genealogy using oral histories, sometimes the only source of family history for Americans of African descent since civic records, such as the Federal Census, often didn’t include African-Americans until after the Civil War. Now, developments in DNA testing are challenging the verity of some family stories which leads to interesting questions about which holds more truth: what generations pass on or what science demonstrates?
A Voice from the Past
Preserved in Brooklyn Historical Society’s collections is a wax audio cylinder with a big story to tell.
An End of Summer Tribute: Coney Island and the Wonder Wheel
With summer coming to a close, BHS intern Faith Layer shares her thoughts on the art and history of Coney Island.
Digitization work completed on the Library & Archives project Portal to the Past!