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April Thursday

Postponed: 2020 Library Dinner

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


The sixteenth annual Library Dinner, originally scheduled for April 30, 2020, has been postponed.

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.

This event, honoring Earl D. Weiner and his late wife Gina Ingoglia Weiner for their long-time service to BHS and Brooklyn, has been postponed. Plans to celebrate Earl and Gina’s achievements are underway for this fall. Please check back for more information.

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
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.

David Blight

David Blight

Distinguished Speaker

David W. Blight is a teacher, scholar, and public historian. At Yale University he is the Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. In October of 2018, Simon and Schuster published his new biography of Frederick Douglass, entitled, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, which garnered nine book awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Blight works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards of museums and historical societies, and as a member of a small team of advisers to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum team of curators. For that institution he wrote the recently published essay, “Will It Rise: September 11 in American Memory.” In 2012, Blight was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and delivered an induction address, “The Pleasure and Pain of History.”

Blight has edited and authored an incredible list of award winning books including annotated editions, with an introductory essay of Frederick Douglass’ second autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom (Yale Univ. Press, 2013), Robert Penn Warren’s Who Speaks for the Negro (Yale Univ. Press, 2014), and the monograph, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (Harvard Univ. Press, 2011). Blight is the author of A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including their Narratives of Emancipation (Harcourt, 2007), and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Harvard Univ. Press, 2001).

Blight is also a frequent book reviewer for the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe,, and other newspapers, and has written many articles on abolitionism, American historical memory, and African American intellectual and cultural history.

Blight has been a consultant to many documentary films, including, “Death and the Civil War” (2012), the 1998 PBS series “Africans in America,” and “The Reconstruction Era” (2004) among others. Blight has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. He has also taught at Harvard University, at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and for seven years was a public high school teacher in his hometown, Flint, Michigan.

President's Circle

Diane & Joseph Steinberg

Pierrepont Circle

Marj & Bill Coleman
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
The Green-Wood Cemetery
Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Jessie McClintock Kelly
Eliza & Jim Rossman
Karen Patton Seymour & Samuel W. Seymour
Tiger Baron Foundation
Rudolph Wynter, National Grid
Dick Yancey

Benefactor Committee

Lucy Baumrind & Ryan Johnson
Gwendolyn & Thomas Chittenden
Constance Christensen
Joel M. Cohen
Jennifer & Steven Eisenstadt
Gail Erickson & Christa Rice
Linda S. Ferber & Joel B. Berson
Fiduciary Trust International
Judith & Alan Fishman
Lizanne Fontaine & Bob Buckholz
Lauren Glant & Michael Gillespie
Jessica & Cas Holloway
Paula Ingram & Robert Hebron
Jodi & John Kim
Helena Lee & Richard Klapper
Sylvia & Byron Lewis
John Lipsky
Pamela Maffei McCarthy & Joseph M. McCarthy
Lisa Melmed & Steve Cohen
Barbara & Richard Moore
Eliot Nolan & Tim Bradley
Audra & Robin Ottaway
Nancy & Otis Pearsall
Elaine Reiss & Anthony Manheim
Susan & Bill Rifkin
Judith Schneider & Norbert Weissberg
Sandra & Peter Schubert
Aliana & David Spungen
Gail Stone & Matt Fishbein
Donna & Robert Whiteford

Event Supporters

Francesca & Bradley Anderson
Ron Chernow
J. Barclay Collins
Benjamin Crane
Donald R. Crawshaw & Matthew D. Hoffman
MaryAnn Fribourg
Jane Garnett & David Booth
Charles J. Hamm
Ellen & Scott Hand
Joan M. Leiman
Sharon Myrie
Marina & David Ottaway
Dino Veronese

Special Thanks to

Event Support