Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

This Tuesday evening, June 6 at 6:30 (all programs begin at 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted) the Brooklyn Historical Society will present, from its “Tales from the Vault” series, “Adopting Brooklyn as a Home,” featuring accounts by Puerto Rican, West Indian, European, and African immigrants to Brooklyn. “BHS archivist Brett Dion brings Brooklyn history to life through these immigrant stories, some even going back as far as a century.” Admission is $5, or free for BHS members. There’s more information and you may buy or reserve tickets here.

On Wednesday evening, June 7, there will be a panel discussion, “KEEP OUT: Immigration, Discrimination, and National Security.” Panelists will include Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union; Libby Garland, historian and author of After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965; and moderted by Lizzy Ratner, senior editor of The Nation. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members. There’s more information and you may buy tickets here.

“From the 1800s until post-WWII’s industrial decline, Brooklyn’s waterfront was a refuge for working class queer people.” On Thursday evening, June 7, Hugh Ryan, founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, will tell a history extending from the docks below Brooklyn Heights, through the factories of the Red Hook and Sunset Park, “to the transgender presence at Coney Island freak shows.” Admission is $5, or free for BHS members. There’s more information and you may buy or reserve tickets here.

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