128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY11201
Founded in 1863 when Brooklyn was its own city (not one of the boroughs), the Brooklyn Historical Society covers 400 years of Brooklyn's development through photographs, paintings, memorabilia and interactive exhibitions. Tucked away on a shaded residential street in Brooklyn Heights, the landmark building was designed by George Post, who also designed the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, by the late 20th century the structure had deteriorated. In 1999, the society underwent a four-year renovation, which included cleaning and restoring its red terra-cotta exterior as well as adding a new gallery space, glass doors, high wooden ceilings and special track lighting. Most of the society's permanent collection can be viewed on the main floor. Its extensive library holds a collection of rare books, periodicals, institutional records (including an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation), manuscripts and atlases on various ethnic groups living in Brooklyn. The society also has a searchable database of more than 35,000 photographs of Brooklyn. — Joy Armstrong … More.
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Say Cheese! Portraits to Pics
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Say Cheese! Portraits to Pics explores more than 150 years of family portraiture, from the earliest daguerreotypes to digital photography today. Drawing on BHS’s rich photography collections, the exhibit examines the ways in which changing technology has impacted the many ways people have documented their everyday moments, family milestones, and special events over time. Say Cheese! Portraits to Pics includes a wide range of photographic styles and mediums: processes such as ambrotypes and tintypes, prints from early twentieth-century Kodak cameras, and recently-acquired born-digital portraits.