Fourteen local teens curated the exhibition Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places and Progress at the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). The exhibit traces the evolution of Brooklyn into the place we know today. From Native American roots and Dutch colonial influences to icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Dodgers, Inventing Brooklyn examines how various people, places, and historical events have shaped the development of the borough. Drawing on archival documents, photographs, prints, artifacts, and oral histories from the Brooklyn Historical Society collection, Inventing Brooklyn takes on 400 years of Brooklyn’s history. The exhibit includes items relating to the Battle of Brooklyn, Brooklyn’s first newspapers, and Brooklyn’s diverse immigrant populations in order to capture the complexity and dynamism of the process of Inventing Brooklyn.

WHO: Student curators from Brooklyn Technical High School, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Saint Ann’s School.

WHEN: See the exhibit and meet the student curators of Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places and Progress at the exhibit opening June 2, 2011 with a reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibition opening is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.) Brooklyn.

HIGHLIGHTS: The exhibit will include cannonballs from the Battle of Brooklyn, original copies of the Long Island Star from 1827, Civil War soldiers’ letters, and posters from Brooklyn movies such as It Happened in Brooklyn and Moonstruck.

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201