It’s been called “Lavender Lake”, it’s still a Superfund site, but its banks are now also a development site, as they were in the 19th century. At Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday evening, October 13, at 7:00 Joseph Alexiou will discuss his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. This event is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Brainery. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members. Purchase tickets here.
On Thursday evening, October 15, John Cummings, founder of the Whitney Plantation, America’s first slavery museum, will engage in conversation moderated by Jelani Cobb, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and The New York Times and including Dr. Ibrahima Seck, the Whitney Plantation’s Director of Research. The Whitney Plantation is located in Louisiana, but if you think Brooklyn’s connection to slavery is limited to Henry Ward Beecher’s abolitionism and the Underground Railroad, realize that, as Robert Furman points out in his Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb (review by your correspondent coming here soon), Brooklyn once had as many slaves per capita as did Charleston, South Carolina. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members. Purchase tickets here.
The Brooklyn Historical Society says “Party like it’s 1950″ with free museum admission this Friday, October 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on the third Friday of every month.