Tour 1: Brooklyn Historical Society: Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Heath

Friday, January 3, 2020: 10:15 AM-1:15 PM
Rhinelander Gallery North (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

Tour leader: Julie Golia, Brooklyn Historical Society

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has been a leader in spearheading public history initiatives that engage diverse audiences with cutting-edge and relevant historical narratives about life in the borough and beyond. BHS’s long-term exhibitions challenge audiences to think about how complex historical concepts such as race and slavery, labor and class, deindustrialization and gentrification have shaped their lives and the Brooklyn they see today.

This tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look into how public history is created at BHS through one of the institution’s acclaimed exhibitions. Taking Care of Brooklyn at BHS Pierrepont explores how centuries of Brooklynites have understood their own health and that of those around them. The exhibition reveals that while sickness is about germs and biology, it is also about housing conditions, access to nutritional food and clean water, inequities and stereotypes, and much more.

Please note: The group will travel by subway (fare card provided); the museum is a short walk from the Court Street station. The Court Street station is accessible only by stairs; alternate transportation is available on request. The museum is ADA compliant.

Limit 20 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

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