Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
“Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn’s diverse cultures past and present. BHS provides access to its unparalleled collection through extensive educational programs, exhibits, neighborhood history guides, community outreach and its distinctive Brooklyn Walks and Talks series. BHS’s board and staff are dedicated to creating programming that helps Brooklynites young and old develop pride in their own cultural traditions while fostering an appreciation for their neighbors’ differences and similarities.”
The Library at the Brooklyn Historical Society has a vast colleciton of research materials on the history of Brooklyn which includes 155,000 bound volumes, 100,000 graphic images, 33,000 images, 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and over 2,000 maps and atlases. The library also holds genealogies, rare books, newspapers, periodicals, serials, journals, personal papers, institutional records, and oral histories that document Brooklyn’s many different ethnic groups and neighborhoods
Its Museum houses some 9,000 treasured objects spanning a period of over 300 years. Also at the Museum are are collections of Native American tools, drawings, Colonial furnishings, oil paintings, memorabilia and a world-renowned collection of 3,000 Brooklyn-related prints. Through their exhibitions one can get a taste of Brooklyn History.