Tomorrow evening (Thursday, April 14), from 7:00 to 8:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) will present a talk by Bob McGee, author of The Greatest Ballpark Ever: Ebbets Field and the Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.
In this lively story of sports, politics, and the talented, hilarious, and charming characters associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Bob McGee chronicles the ballpark’s vibrant history from the drawing board to the wrecking ball, beginning with Charley Ebbets and the heralded opening in 1913, on through the storied eras that followed.
On Saturday, April 16, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., BHS will host “What’s the Story? Diverse Storytelling Practices in Brooklyn,” the opening program in the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn: Traditional Tales and Their Tellers.
Storytellers and folklore scholars gather to discuss the relevance of storytelling in the diverse communities of Brooklyn. In the age of memoir, Facebook, and other means for promoting personal stories, we explore the important cultural practice of telling traditional stories—folktales, ghost stories, hero legends and myths—and the role of storytellers as community artists.
Also on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., J. McLaughlin, 218 Hicks Street (between Montague and Remsen) will hold a “Sip and Shop” event for the benefit of BHS. Refreshments will be served, and fifteen per cent of sales receipts will be donated to the Society.