Jeffrey A. Kroessler, author of The Greater New York Sports Chronology, will speak at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 2, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.
Jeffrey A. Kroessler’s comprehensive and entertaining time line stretches from the pastoral entertainments of the Dutch to the corporate captivity of professional sports. He chronicles events ranging from the truly heroic to the heartbreaking, from moments of municipal greatness to inescapable social change. Through it all he plants the world of sport at the very center of New York’s story.
In other BHS news, by popular demand the exhibit Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival, which had been scheduled to close February 27, has been extended until August 15.
Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival tells the stories of diverse individuals who have immigrated to Brooklyn. The people featured in the exhibition share their personal narratives that highlight the process of creating a new home in a new land and how they’ve incorporated their cultural traditions into their New York lives. Their stories speak of hope and despair, embrace and discrimination. For more information, please visit our exhibitions page.
On this Thursday evening, March 3, beginning at 6:00 p.m., BHS will present “Haitian Music from Vodou to Gospel, Rara to Hip Hop,” a lecture by researcher and scholar Dr. Elizabeth McAlister, of Wesleyan University.
McAlister earned her Ph.D. from Yale in American Studies, with expertise in Afro-Caribbean religions. Her first book is Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora. Her talk will consider these questions: What sets Haitian music apart from other Caribbean music? How has Haiti’s fierce politics of independence shaped its musical traditions? How is music a part of Afro-Creole religious tradition, Christian worship and Carnival parades? Why did so many Haitian earthquake survivors react to the disaster by singing? The presentation will include sound samples to allow listeners to hear and consider the genius and meanings of a variety of Haitian musical styles. Suggested donation $5.
This will be the first in a series of lectures at BHS titled The Sounds of Immigrant New York, presented in conjunction with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. we will keep you updated on future lectures in this series.