Center for Brooklyn History Exhibit & Library Tour
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Explore the exhibit “Brooklyn Is…” and gain access to the Othmer Library on a tour of the recently renovated Center for Brooklyn History with Marcia Ely, Director of Programs and Dominique Jean-Louis, Chief Historian!
- Step inside the gorgeous Othmer Library reading room on the second floor, a rare NYC interior landmark
- View the terra cotta busts of famous figures on the facade of the 1881 building, along with artist Meredith Bergmann’s response to the history they do – and don’t – tell
- Learn about the inaugural exhibition, “Brooklyn is…” and add your photos to the show!
- Examine highlights from CBH’s map collection that are part of “Brooklyn is…”
About the event:
Discover the Center for Brooklyn History! Housed in an 1881 landmark building designed by architect George W. Post, CBH is a research library, community hub, and a center for education, culture and public programming. Formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society, CBH became part of Brooklyn Public Library in 2020. The tour includes architectural highlights and a look at the current exhibition, “Brooklyn Is…”.
About the Tour Leaders:
Marcia Ely is the Director of Programs at the Center for Brooklyn History at the Brooklyn Public Library. Working with BPL’s Arts and Culture team, she oversees the wide range of public programming at CBH, ranging from author talks, to collaborations with historians and cultural organizations, to panel discussions on the critical issues of our times. She is a key contributor to the Center’s exhibitions.
Dominique Jean-Louis is the chief historian at the Center for Brooklyn History at Brooklyn Public Library. A writer and scholar who specializes in Black America and New York City history, Jean-Louis oversees the creation of exhibitions and programs at CBH along with the collection and preservation of the stories of Brooklyn’s diverse and dynamic communities.
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