Heights History: Meet 1912 Brooklyn Historical Society Staffer Mary Ingalls

Pleased to meet you, Miss Mary E. Ingalls, an attendant at the Gallery Desk of what was known in 1912 as the Long Island Historical Society, which is, now, of course, the Brooklyn Historical Society on Pierrepont Street at Clinton. While the dress code of the BHS—founded in 1863—may be more casual today, the oak-laden Othmer Library within the National Historic Landmarked building has changed little since Ingalls walked the stacks 100 years ago, where BHS offers the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn-related materials in existence.

Recently, your BHB scribe was allowed to take pictures inside the majestic Othmer Library. Photos are below. If you’ve never seen it for yourself, this is truly a site to behold. BHS hours are as follows: Wednesday-Friday 12-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.; closed Monday/Tuesday. The library is open Wednesday through Friday 1-5 p.m.

BHS members free, adults $6, seniors 62 & over $4, teachers and students 12 & over $4, children -12 are free.

(Photos: Chuck Taylor/Ingalls pic courtesy of the BHS Blog)

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  • AEB

    Why do I feel she’s still there, book open, on guard….?

  • stuart

    I hope she rode around in a bicycle looking to take small dogs away from children.

  • Jazz

    Would make a great gastropub.