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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


When: Friday April 25, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Huxley Theater

Cultural Education Center (State Museum building)
222 Madison Avenue, Albany NY 12230
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

It is no accident that the new book, Harlems Rattlers and the Great War by Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow, Jr., virtually begins and ends with its most famous combat hero Henry Johnson--a man most closely identified with Albany, New York.

Sammons and Morrow believe that their book sheds new and revealing light on Henry Johnson and his cautionary tale. Join us for this presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Sammons.

Signed copies of the Harlems Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality will be available for purchase after Dr. Sammons' presentation.

The presentation by Jeffrey Sammons, sponsored by the New York State Library and the Friends of the State Library, will feature a display of several items from the New York State Archives on New York's 369th Regiment and Albany's hero, Henry Johnson.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


World Book Night is April 23rd!
Help us give away this year's books

St. Mark's Bookshop invites you to come to the store Monday
evening, April 21 at 7 PM to hear about the national

literacy campaign known as World Book Night, and,
if desired, to receive a box of 20 free paperbacks to take
somewhere appropriate on April 23.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give a
half million free, specially printed paperbacks to light
or non-readers across America on one day. The 25,000
volunteer book lovers will go into 6,000 communities to
seek out those without the means or access to printed
books. The volunteers go to such diverse locations as
hospitals, underfunded schools, food pantries, nursing
homes, community centers, and more.

World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 - 
Shakespeare's birthday - and is in its third year in
the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011. As part of World
Book Night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries serve as
community organizers for the book distribution to the
volunteer givers. WBN's reach includes all 50 states, 
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and military bases
in Germany, Guam, and Afghanistan.

The WBN picks are written by a wide array of award-winning
and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics,
books in Spanish, and books in Large Print.This year will
see an original free WBN proprietary e-book with pieces by
authors, booksellers and librarians who were givers. The
assortment of WBN titles is based on diversity in subject
matter, age level, gender, ethnicity, and geography.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


After They Closed the Gates

Monday, April 216:30 PM

 Despite quotas set in the 1920s meant to sharply reduce the influx of immigrants into the country, immigrants continued to come. Historian Libby Garland tells the untold stories of the Jewish migrants and smugglers involved in that underworld. Garland also helps us understand how Jews were linked to, and then unlinked from, the specter of illegal immigration. Tenement actors will dramatize some of the cases highlighted in the book.

This event is free and seats are first-come, first-serve; however, you can reserve two seats by purchasing a copy of After They Closed the Gates. Contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.0233, ext. 259 to purchase the book.

Events take place at 103 Orchard Street at Delancey Street in Manhattan.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Zines from the Borderlands:
Storytelling about Mixed Heritage
Thursday, April 24th, 7pm


Reserve tickets>>
Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender, sexuality, and media with Nia KingDaniela Capistrano, and Jenna Freedman, moderated by Ann Hayes of Sleeping Creatures and Storyscape. This event is part of BHS's weekend of zine activities, all in connection with Brooklyn Zine Fest at BHS on April 26th and 27th.

This is a program of Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG), a Brooklyn Historical Society oral history project and public programming series that examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Handmade History!
Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
Sat, Apr 12, 3-4pm
It's baseball season! Celebrate with the family with a visit to BHS to learn
about our extensive Dodgers paraphernalia collection and then silk screen
your own jerseys.

               IMPORTANT NOTE: Bring your own black or white t-shirts to
                                                  silk screen and some paper bags.

This is Brooklyn
Sun Apr 18, 1pm
FREE with museum admission
Learn the history of Brooklyn through the lens of our building in tho
 hour-long tour.
Longtime Brooklyn residents and first-time visitors alike will enjoy
fascinating details about this special building and extraordinary borough.

Wallabout Walking Tour
Sat, Apr 26, 11am
$25/$15 for BHS Members

The Wallabout Historic District, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard,
contains one of the largest concentrations of intact pre-Civil War
wood-frame rowhouses in the entire city! Chelcey Berryhill and
Elizabeth Finkelstein shine a light on the fascinating early roots.

Bannerman Castle: The Medieval Ruins of Hudson Valley
Sat, Apr 12, 1pm
Talk: free
Tour: $20/$15 for GW and BHS Members

Programming partner Green-Wood Cemetery presents the unique
opportunity to discover the history behind this mysterious
castle-like structure often viewed by Metro North riders on their 
ride up the Hudson River. Site tour guides detail the history of 
this remarkable site, then board the trolley for a short 
Green-Wood tour, including a stop at the Bannerman family plot.

Thinking about becoming a BHS Member?
Membership packages begin at $50, all with great perks like
discounted tickets to public programs and 10% off every day
at our Museum Store.

Our mailing address is:
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Suggested contribution: 
$10 adults; $6 teachers and seniors; free to members, students
with valid school IDs, and children 12 years and under. 

Phone: 718-222-4111

Copyright © 2014 Brooklyn Historical Society, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

54th New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that we will take part in the 54th Annual NEW YORK ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR at the Park Avenue Armory.
You can click here to view our online catalogue.
We hope you will visit us at Booth C1.


Donald Heald

  54th New York Antiquarian Book Fair
  Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Ave (67th Street)
  New York, NY 10065

  Friday April 4 (noon - 8pm)
  Saturday April 5 (noon - 7pm)
  Sunday April 6 (noon- 5pm

   Contact Information during the Fair
 email: (mobile: 917.453.9124)
   email: (mobile: 917.623.8962)

email: (mobile:201-400-5728)
124 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021 | T: 212 744 3505 |

Sunday, March 23, 2014



Apr 2
The Manhattan Company is formed.

Jacob Housman, a future developer of Florida's Indian Key, future county seat of Dade County, is born in Staten Island.

Sep 22
Irish immigrant James Jackson dies in Manhattan at the age of 28. He will be buried at the potter's field, located at the future site of Washington Square Park. A backhoe working on the site in October of 2009 uncovers his gravestone. His body will not be found.

Dec 22
Twenty-one-year-old Gulielma "Elma" Sands leaves her home in the Lispenard Meadows area of the future Greenwich Village.

Dec 24
The body of Elma Sands is found at true bottom of a well near her home. Boyfriend Levi Weeks, a carpenter, is taken into custody and indicted for murder, although the evidence is circumstantial. He will be exonerated when Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr defend him, and will soon move to Natchez, Mississippi, and become a major architect.

New York City
When Colonel William Stephens Smith, son-in-law of John Adams, runs into financial problems he sells the unfinished Manhattan home he began last year on what will become East 61st Street to wealthy merchant William T. Robinson.    **    The summer home of Scottish-born shipping merchant Archibald Gracie is completed, on the eastern side of Manhattan.    **    Wholesale merchant  Joshua Isaacs build a clapboard home at the future Bedford Street - the first house in the future Greenwich Village.    **    The thrice-weekly Gazette Francaise newspaper, begun in 1796 by the Claude Parisot and Company, ceases publication.    **    The Manhattan Company, formed as a water company that will serve 2,000 homes through 25 miles of piping. At this year's end the company - now serving mainly as a bank -  has cash resources totaling $447,029.    **    Yellow fever strikes the city.    **    A house claimed to be dating back to this year is built in Jamaica, Queens, for the Reverend Abraham Ketelas.    **    A carriage house - the future 1826 Mount Vernon Hotel - is built at the future East 61st Street.

Staten Island
The New York State legislature passes an act appointing commissioners to select sites on Staten Island, appraise the lands for their value, appropriate them from their owners, and erect quarantine stations on them. A Marine Hospital/Quarantine Station is erected in the St. George neighborhood, largely due to fears over Yellow Fever.    **    The 8-acre Fountain Cemetery on Staten Island opens on the site of a Revolutionary War skirmish and an Indian burial ground. The first burial will take place in 1802.

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