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April Monday

2018 Library Dinner

Honoring Grace Lyu-Volckhausen


Thank you for joining us for our fourteenth annual Library Dinner.

Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library is a research library comprising special collections, archives and manuscripts, images, and oral history collections. The library possesses a unique collection of Brooklyn and Long Island materials that provide important insights into our nation’s history and heritage. The annual Library Dinner raises vital funds in support of BHS’s efforts to preserve, digitize, and make the collections increasingly available to the public.

On April 30, 2018, BHS celebrated its fourteenth annual Library Dinner. Over 150 friends and supporters came together to honor Board Trustee Grace Lyu-Volckhausen for her long-time service to BHS and Brooklyn. Khalil Gibran Muhammad was the distinguished speaker for the evening. The event raised over $360,000 toward BHS’s Library & Archives.


Monday, April 30, 2018

6:30 pm

Tables, Tickets & Journal Ads

  • Chairman's Circle $50,000
  • President's Circle $25,000
  • Pierrepont Circle $10,000
  • Benefactor Committee $3,000
  • Individual Ticket $1,500
  • Premium Full Page Ad $5,000
  • Full Page Ad $2,000
  • Half Page Ad $1,000

Library Dinner Committee

Michael Adams-Liebman
Constance L. Christensen
Lisa Melmed Cohen
Lauren Glant
Eugena Oh
Robin Ottaway
James E. Rossman
Samuel W. Seymour
Joanne Witty

Grace Lyu-Volckhausen

Grace Lyu-Volckhausen


Grace Lyu-Volckhausen is president emeritus of the Tiger Baron Foundation and has been a member of the board of Brooklyn Historical Society since 2006.

She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Citizens Union Foundation, the YWCA of Queens, the Asian American Federation of New York, Prospect Park Alliance, New York City College of Technology Foundation, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Public Theater, and WNET/Channel 13, and a member of the education committees of Lincoln Center Theater and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Grace is a founding member of the Korean American League for Civic Action, the Coalition of Korean American Voters, and the Black–Korean American Mediation Project in 1990. She was the chairperson of the Asian American Office and Advisory Committee for Governor Mario Cuomo and a member of the Ethnic Advisory Committee for Mayor Edward I. Koch. She retired as director of community development for the State of New York Mortgage and Housing Finance agencies in January 2000.

Grace taught at the New School for Social Research (1976–80) and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (1980–85). She received an M.S. in human relations from New York University in 1962 and a B.A. from Yonsei University in Korea in 1960.

Grace is the widow of William A. Volckhausen, the mother of Alex and Sharon, and the proud grandmother of Anna, 14, and Emma, 12.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Distinguished Speaker

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is a professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Khalil was an associate professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Khalil’s scholarship and teaching examine the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequality, and criminal justice in modern U.S. history. He is the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” (Harvard University Press), which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Prize for best book in American studies.

His work has been featured in a number of national print and broadcast media outlets, including the “New York Times,” the “New Yorker,” the “Washington Post,” National Public Radio, “Moyers & Company,” MSNBC, and C-Span. He holds two honorary doctorates and is on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice, the Museum of Modern Art, the Barnes Foundation, and “The Nation” magazine, and the advisory boards of Cure Violence and The HistoryMakers.

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in economics in 1993, and then joined Deloitte & Touche as a staff accountant until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. history from Rutgers University.

Event Support

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