Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

Wednesday is Veterans Day, so this week BHS focuses on war and veterans. On Monday evening, November 9 at 6:30, actor and veteran Stephan Wolfert will present a one man performance of his Cry Havoc, which draws on classical and Shakespearean sources to bring the audience face-to-face with the horrors of war and the difficulties of the veteran re-entering civilian life. Admission is $20, or $15 for BHS or Green-Wood members; reserve tickets here.

On Wednesday evening, November 11 at 6:30 there will be a screening of Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, a film about the nation’s only veterans’ suicide hotline and winner of the 2015 Best Documentary Academy Award. After the screening there will be a discussion with the film’s director, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, joined by Bryan Doerries of Theater of War, Iraq veteran Phoebe Gavin, and others. Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

On Thursday evening, November 11, at 6:30 BHS archivist John Zarrillo will present “Tales from the Vault: War Correspondence”, a program that examines Brooklyn’s role in wars, from the American Revolution until now, through the medium of correspondence between soldiers and their families and objects in the collections of BHS. The event is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

There’s more information here.

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  • Willow Street Watch

    I along with, I’m sure, many patriotic Heights residents are grateful for this blog’s recognition of Veteran’s day and the sacrifice of our Veterans!

    The events listed, especially the hotline, are good ones.

    The first critical event of the day is the annual Veteran’s day parade. America’s Parade steps off at Madison Square 11:15 AM and proceeds under a deserved sea of Flags and Banners up 5th Avenue to 53rd
    Street. Everyone can remember the mid sixties to early 70’s when public support shrunk to the point that there were serious calls to end the parade! Major media hostility towards vets sure didn’t help. Today the parade has rebounded to the point that it is unquestionably the nation’s largest and most richly adorned Veteran’s day commemorative event.

    Many patriotic Americans including Heights residents always ALSO make a visit to a Veterans cemetery either in the days before the 11th or before the parade. You can too folks. Pine Lawn isn’t the end of the earth, its less than 60 min out and a brief walk from the station.