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Monday, April 28, 2014


Historical Society of the New York Courts & Albany Law School present: Illustrious Alumni - Bronson, Brewer, Mathews & Jackson

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Albany Law School
Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom
80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Reception to Follow

2 NYE CLE Credits will be offered (Cost: $50)

Robert H. Jackson, United States Supreme Court Justice
by Professor John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law, St. John's University & Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow,
The Robert H. Jackson Center
David Josiah Brewer, United States Supreme Court Justice
by Dean Alicia Ouellette, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Intellectual Life & Professor of Law, 
Albany Law School
James Campbell Matthews, First African-American judge in New York by Hon. Randolph F. Treece, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York
Greene Bronson, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
by Professor Vincent M. Bonventre, Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Conversation with Presenters
Moderated by Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, President, The Historical Society of the New York Courts

The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York was founded in 2002 by the New York State
 Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote the legal history of New York.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Footsy Magoos and the Knox-Mead Building

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is presenting a Hidden History tour on Tuesday, April 29th at 4:30 pm of Footsy Magoos and the Knox-Mead Building located at 13 and 17 First Street in Troy.
RCHS staff will offer a public tour of the buildings, located along a stretch of First Street known historically as Troy’s Banker’s Row because of the proliferation of banks that were once in residence on the street.
Footsy Magoos, a bar that is one of Troy’s best kept secrets, is located at 17 First Street in Troy. Built c.1811, 17 First Street housed the Bank of Troy and later, the United National Bank of Troy, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The tour will begin at 4:30pm at the corner of First and State Street. Admission for the tour is $15 per person, $12 for RCHS members.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. For more information call 518-272-7232 or visit

Saturday, April 26, 2014


How the Other Half Lives

Monday, April 286:30 PM
 Jacob Riis may have died 100 years ago, but his legacy has not been forgotten, especially in light of the current conversation about income equality. We'll host a conversation about poverty past and present, and ways this country has responded to it. New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante will moderate a panel with journalists Sasha Abramsky and Ted Gup, and historian Ethan G. Sribnick from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness.

This event is free and seats are first-come, first-serve; however, you can reserve two seats with the purchas of a featured book: The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky or The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City by Ralph da Costa Nunez and Ethan G. Sribnick. To purchase a book contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.0233 ext 259.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion
Tue, Apr 29, 6:30pm

$5/FREE for BHS Members
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You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but what happens when you want to make a repair or change? A Landmarks Preservation Commission representative, architect Tom van den Bout, building managers, and others give guidance.
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BHS is home to a full weekend of Zines, self-published magazines from Brooklyn and beyond. Hundreds of vendors fill the building exhibiting and selling their inventive work. Panel discussions on Saturday and Sunday dive into questions of identity, collecting, and anonymity in zine culture. Called "the best reassurance that print will survive" by the Village Voice, this is a weekend festival not to miss!

Wallabout Walking Tour
Sat, Apr 26, 11am
$25/$15 for BHS Members
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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! ** Wooden House Project (
's Chelcey Berryhill and Elizabeth Finkelstein shine a light on the fascinating early roots.

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Jan 7
The ship Liverpool Packet arrives in New York, having survived a serious storm soon after departing England.
Jan 23
Lawyer, historian and politician Gabriel Fuhrman is born in Brooklyn, to Judge William Fuhrman and his wife.

Mar 15
Actor James Henry Hackett is born in New York, to Dutch immigrant Thomas G. Hackett and his wife.

Jul 19
Joseph Corrrie, former French cook to an English officer, opens his Mount Vernon Garden restaurant in lower Manhattan at the northwest corner of Leonard Street.

The temperature does not fall below 36 degrees all month.

New York City
The population of the region is approximately 60,000.    **    Anne Greenleaf, widow of the Argus newspaper publisher Thomas Greenelaf, who died during the 1797 yellow fever epidemic, sells the newspaper to  Jame Cheetham.    **    Members of the local Masonic Order begin meeting in the former City Hall at Broadway, near Trinity Church; will continue to meet there through 1803.    **    The drain that runs through the future Canal Street is currently covered by a stone bridge, which will soon be removed when the drain is covered.   

House of the Holy Comforter hospital is founded on the Grand Concourse at number 2751.

Kings County (Brooklyn) has 5,740 inhabitants, chiefly of Dutch extraction. Nearly 60% of households have at least one slave, the highest percentage in the North.    **    Farmer Hendrick I. Lott moves the house his family built in Marine Park in 1719 to 1940 East 36th Street, joining it to a larger existing house.    **   The Brooklyn Post Office, with a staff of six, serves 36,000 residents.    **    The approximate date Johannes Van Nuyse begins building a home - the VanNuyse-Magaw House - on Flatlands property owned by his farming father Joost Van Nuyse. 

Former innkeeper Benjamin Lowerre builds a house and general store in the Alley Pond section of eastern Queens (today's Flushing).    **    The population is 6,642, up 7.8% over that of 1790.    **    U.S. Representative John Watson (W.) Lawrence is born in Flushing.

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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


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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

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