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Sunday, July 5, 2015


In 1919, Wesley Williams became the third black male to join the ranks of New York’s Bravest. Despite severe discrimination he rose to Battalion Chief. Almost a century later, the FDNY remains predominately white. NY Daily News reporter Ginger Adams Otis is joined by members of the Vulcan Society, an organization of black firefighters, to talk about the ongoing struggle to diversify the FDNY.

Book Talk: Ginger Adams Otis, Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest
Tuesday, July 7th $5/Free for BHS and G-W MembersDoors open at 6pm. Event begins at 6:30pm.Please note that seating is first come, first served.

REFUND POLICYBrooklyn Historical Society requires 24 hours notice before the date of the event to refund a ticket. No refunds are provided after that point. This means no refunds are provided on the day of the event and all subsequent days.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


This is Brooklyn!
Sun, Jun 21, 1pm
FREE with Museum Admission

Learn the history of Brooklyn through the lens of our building in this hour-long tour. Longtime Brooklyn residents and first-time visitors alike will enjoy fascinating details about this special building and extraordinary borough.

Offered every Sunday at 1pm!

Monday, April 27, 2015


Remains of the Day

The magic of stepping inside 97 Orchard Street is not only seeing the recreated apartments but also seeing the ruins, which are apartments that have been left as we found them in 1988. Experiencing these ruins helps us understand the passage of time. For the April 29 Tenement Talk, please join us in an appreciation of ruined spaces with Andrew Dolkart, Director of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation department, Katherine Malone-France of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and photographers Christopher Payne and Marisa Scheinfeld. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Update:  Save Our Seaport will postpone our meeting of April 8 in order to avoid any schedule conflicts with Borough President Gale Brewer’s celebration of 50 Years of NYC Landmarks.  We’ll look forward to seeing each other at the U.S. Custom House that night!
Save Our Seaport will be meeting Thursday, April 16, at 6:30pm in the St. Margaret’s House Library, 49 Fulton Street. (Map)
The meeting will begin with a guest presentation from Mike Weiss, Waterfront Foreman of theSouth Street Seaport Museum, discussing the Museum’s presence, plans, and opportunities for participation in the South Street Seaport Historic District.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NEW YORK CITY: 1804-1808


Aaron Burr departs from Manhattan, travels to Albany. He will soon move on to Amboy, New Jersey, and then further south.

Jul 12
Alexander Hamilton, mortally wounded yesterday in his duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey, is brought to Manhattan where he dies at the home of his banker friend Robert Bayard near today's Greenwich Village.

Oct 18
Future lawyer Eugene Kateltas is born to a wealthy and respected family in Manhattan.

New York City
Wealthy merchant Jonas Wood builds a house at 314 Washington Street.    **    John Jacob Astor purchases a plot of land at 133 LaGrange Terrace (Colonade Row).    **    Young ship's mate Dennison Wood, working on a vessel bringing sugar to the city, marries 17-year-old Lydia McKildo.    **    The approximate date Connecticut shoemaker Benjamin de Forest comes to Manhattan and opens a shop - Benjamin de Forest and Company - in the harbor area at 31 Peck Slip.


New York City
Construction begins on the Commandant's House at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the East River, in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. It will be completed next year.


New York City
Population: 60,000.


Apr 3
A New York City act is issued under the title Remarks of the Commissioners for Laying Out Street and Roads in the City of New York.

New York City
The Orphan Asylum Society of New-York is founded by Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (wife of Alexander), the city's first private orphanage, at West End Avenue and 73rd and 74th streets.    


Apr 25
Brooklyn municipal official and U.S. Representative James Samuel Thomas (S.T.) Stranahan is born in Peterboro, New York, to Samuel Stranahan and his wife Lynda Josselyn Stranahan.    

May 28
Minstrel show producer Thomas Dartmouth "Daddy" Rice is born in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Aug 8
Merchant and real estate operator Henry Evelyn "E." Pierrepont is born in Brooklyn to Hezekiah B. Pierrepont and his wife Anna M. Constable Pierrepont.

New York City
Grace Church is organized at Broadway and Rector Street.    **    Visiting free Ethiopian seamen and African-American parishioners, protesting racially restricted seating, leave the First Baptist Church at Broadway and West 79th Street. Next year they will found the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the third oldest Baptist Church in America.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015



The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns
speaks about the story of the Great Migration. Isablel Wilkerson
devoted 15 years to the research and writing of this book and
interviewed more than 1,200 to tell the story of this watershed
moment in American history.  The Warmth of Other Suns was
named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists and won the
National Book Critics Circle Award.

To learn more about the Great Migration join the Brooklyn
Historical Society tomorrow night (14th) at 6:30 PM.
for a screening of an episode of The African-Americans: 
Many Rivers to Cross about the Jim Crow Era and the
Great Migration.

$20/ $15 for Society members

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NYC / E NYS - 1803


Feb 26
Guilderland is formed from the Albany County town of Watervvliet.
Utica stage line operator Jason Parker petitions the State legislature  for exclusive rights to the Utica to Canandaigua line for ten years. Next year they will grant him and partner Levi Stephens a seven-year monopoly for transporting passengers over the route at least twice a week.

Sep 13
U.S. naval Commodore John Barry, 58, dies of asthma in Philadelphia. He will be buried at the graveyard of Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia's Center City.     
Sep 26
The foundation stone for New York City's third (and current) City Hall is laid.
Oct 12
New York City dry goods merchant Alexander Tunney (A.T.) Stewart is born in Lisburn, Ireland, to Scottish Protestant parents.

New York City
De Witt Clinton resigns from the U. S. Senate, to become Mayor of New York City. He will be reappointed annually through 1815, except for 1807 and 1810.    **    The three-story (including attic) Federal-stye, red brick, Flemish-bond house on Stuyvesant Street (later # 21 Stuyvesant) built by Petrus Stuyvesant, great-grandson of Peter, for his son-in-law Nicholas Fish - A Revolutionary War officer - and his new wife Elizabeth Stuyvesant, is completed.    **    Mayor Edward Livingston pledges his fortune to cover the theft of house bonds by a subordinate.    **    Merchant John Jacob Astor begins buying Manhattan real estate with his China trade profits. He purchases a diagonal piece of land in today's midtown area - known as the Eden Farm, from a little-known Englishman Medcef Eden - for today's equivalent of $25,000. He also buys a plot further south that later will compromise Astor Place and much of Lafayette Street.
New York State
The First Presbyterian Society of Utica is formed, lead by Rev. Mr. Dodd.    
**    Martin Van Buren is named to the New York State Bar. ** Land agent Appleton Foote first settles the Franklin County town of Moira.

Construction begins on the State House, jointly financed by the city, the county and the state.    **    The Albany Presbyterian Synod is established with congregations at Albany, Mohawk and Troy.

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