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April Thursday

2020 Library Dinner

Honoring Earl D. Weiner and his late wife Gina Ingoglia Weiner


Join us for our sixteenth annual Library Dinner.

Brooklyn Historical Society’s Library Dinner is an annual event that benefits the institution’s Library and Archives, which hold the most comprehensive collection of materials about the history of Brooklyn in the world. Comprised of special collections, archives and manuscripts, images, and oral histories, this unique collection provides indispensable materials to scholars, researchers, and the general public. The 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, 2020, BHS will honor Earl D. Weiner and his late wife Gina Ingoglia Weiner for their long-time service to BHS and Brooklyn.

Library Dinner Host Committee
Michael Adams-Liebman
Constance L. Christensen
Joel M. Cohen
Lauren Glant
Rhonda Greene
Lisa Melmed Cohen
Robin Ottaway
James E. Rossman
Sharon Volckhausen


Thursday, April 30, 2020

6:00 pm - 10:00 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
Reserve Tickets
Earl D. Weiner and Gina Ingoglia Weiner

Earl D. Weiner and Gina Ingoglia Weiner


Earl D. Weiner and his late wife Gina Ingoglia Weiner moved to Brooklyn over 50 years ago. They met in their freshman year at Dickinson College while acting as the villains in a comedy, and theater has been part of their lives ever since.

Gina was a writer and artist and had a practice in landscape and garden design. She wrote more than 80 books of fiction and non-fiction for children. Her last, The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups, which she both wrote and illustrated, won the Garden Writers Association Gold Award for illustration. She was a co-founder and Vice President of the Florilegium Society for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and was the garden adviser to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden. She also served on the board of Prospect Park Alliance and chaired its education committee. Gina passed away in 2015, but her legacy continues.

Earl is on the board of Green-Wood Cemetery and of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he is Chairman Emeritus. He now chairs the boards of both The Acting Company and Theatre Development Fund.

Rounding out their cultural portfolio, the couple also has played a leading role for historical and educational institutions. Gina served on the boards of the Brooklyn Historical Society for 25 years, where she was a Vice Chair for 20. She also served on the board of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and on the Directors’ Council of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Earl is a past president of the Brooklyn Heights Association, a board member and pro bono General Counsel of the Municipal Art Society, and trustee of Brooklyn Hospital. At Dickinson College, Gina served on the board of advisors and Earl, the board of trustees.

The sheer number of Gina’s and Earl’s activities, and the unwavering energy they have devoted to them, truly leave the rest of us breathless.

Pierrepont Circle

Marj & Bill Coleman
The Green-Wood Cemetery
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Jessie McClintock Kelly
Eliza & Jim Rossman
Tiger Baron Foundation
Rudolph Wynter, National Grid
Dick Yancey

Benefactor Committee

Joel M. Cohen
Gail Erickson & Christa Rice
Linda S. Ferber & Joel B. Berson
Fiduciary Trust International
Judith & Alan Fishman
Paula Ingram & Robert Hebron
Helena Lee & Richard Klapper
Pamela Maffei McCarthy & Joseph M. McCarthy
Lisa Melmed & Steve Cohen
Audra & Robin Ottaway
Nancy & Otis Pearsall
Elaine Reiss & Anthony Manheim
Sandra & Peter Schubert

Event Supporters

Ron Chernow
J. Barclay Collins
Benjamin Crane
Donald R. Crawshaw & Matthew D. Hoffman
Charles J. Hamm
Sharon Myrie

Special Thanks to

Event Support