“Strange History” Lectures at BHS, Starting Wednesday Evening

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierepont Street (corner of Clinton), in conjunction with the Brooklyn Brainery, is offering a series of three lectures by historian Benjamin Feldman, each on an unusual topic in Brooklyn or New York City history. You may attend all three, or choose à la carte. The lectures will be at BHS the next three Wednesdays, July 27, August 3, and August 10, starting at 7;00 p.m.

Our first session on July 27 focuses on the 1870 diary of a Fort Greene resident, Henry Knight Dyer, who went on to lead Dennison Paper, the precursor to Avery-Dennison, which of course makes every mailing label on earth nowadays. “Sauce for the Goose” on August 3 tells the story of a sensational 1835 lawsuit about jilted lovers that captured the city’s attention all summer. Finally, on August 10, we’ll cover the 1857 murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell, another weird and stunning scandal in New York’s history.

The fee for each lecture is $10, or $8 for BHS members. For the August 3 and 10 lectures, the fee includes one beer.

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