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A Letter from the President                                              January—April 2010
Dear Friends,
Let me begin the holiday season with some great news. BHS
was recently awarded two significant federal grants for In Pur-
suit of Freedom, a program that memorializes the history of abo-
litionism and the Underground Railroad in Brooklyn. The grants
from the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad
Educational and Cultural (URR) Program and the National En-
dowment for the Humanities provide the means to make this one
of the largest public history projects ever created in Brook-
lyn. We are particularly pleased to create In Pursuit of Freedom
                                                                     A painting produced at November’s
in collaboration with our partner institutions, the Weeksville       Studio in a School arts Workshop
Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. The first year of
this initiative will largely focus on research and planning, and it Calendar Highlights
will be my great pleasure to keep our members and friends
posted on our progress as this project unfolds.
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In addition, BHS has recently been awarded a $440,000 grant         Ways of Listening
from the Council on Library and Information Resources that will
help us advance the processing of our map and archive collec-       February 11 -
tions. This funding will ultimately make more of BHS' collec-       Opening Reception:
tions available to the public, near and far.                        “Tivoli: A Place We Call Home”
Even with all this good news to report, I would not want to ig-         March 6 -
nore the fact that this past year has been a difficult financial time   Family Day: Brooklyn Bridge Art
for nearly everyone. BHS, like many arts organizations, has not         Making
been immune to economic challenges. That’s why we are so
grateful to our wonderful supporters, listed on page 3, who have        March 17-
helped us navigate through a very challenging year.                     Rites and Ceremonies of the
                                                                        Brooklyn African Diaspora
We look ahead to 2010 with optimism and determination. Work
on In Pursuit of Freedom will begin at full steam as will other   March 27 -
programs including Exhibition Laboratory and Public Perspec- Researching My Old House
tives. The opening for the new Public Perspectives exhibit,
Tivoli, A Place We Call Home is just around the corner on Feb-
ruary 11. This multimedia exhibition documents the tenants of
Tivoli Towers in Crown Heights who face the end of the build-
ing’s affordable housing status. I hope to see you at the opening
and at BHS throughout 2010. Happy New Year!

Yours sincerely,
Deborah F. Schwartz

                                  Local Author Shira Nayman
                                  Hosts Arts Salon January 7, 7:00 pm
                                  Set against a post-WWII backdrop, Shira Nayman’s new
                                  book The Listener “explores the havoc that historical trauma
                                  plays with the psyche.” On Thursday, January 7th six artists
                                  will join Ms. Nayman at BHS to tune their ears to how the
                                  effects of war can devastate the human mind. The participat-
                                  ing artists Ezra Barnes, Nanette De Cillis, Ben Moore, Todd
                                  Palmer, Lynne Sachs and Mark Street will join Ms. Nayman
                                  and use fiction, film, photography, dance, theatrical reading
                                  and music as the tools of their exploration.
             All programs are held at BHS and FREE unless otherwise noted.
         For complete event information visit

JANUARY                                                MARCH (cont.)

Ways of Listening: Artists Salon & Forum-              Book Talk:
Thursday, Jan. 7                                       History of White People
7:00—9:00 pm                                           Saturday, March 13—2:00 pm
                                                       Historian Nell Irvin Painter tells the forgotten
Shira Nayman and fellow artists explore
                                                       story of the evolution of “whiteness” in Amer-
through fiction, photography, dance, theatrical        ica. Beginning at the roots of Western civiliza-
reading and music the ways that war can dev-           tion, she traces the invention of the idea of the
astate the human psyche.                               white race as it became intrinsically tied to the
                                                       embodiment of beauty, power and intelligence.
  The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Rites and Ceremonies of the Brooklyn
       Returns to BHS for a 4th Season!                African Diaspora
                                                       Wednesday, March 17— 6:30-8:30 pm
  Roundtable season kicks off on Tuesday,
                                                       Join us for a symposium featuring major foun-
  Feb. 2 with Joseph J. Sitt, Chairman and             ders and organizers of ceremonies, events and
  CEO, Thor Equities; Fred Harris, VP of               rituals that create an annual calendar of celebra-
  Development for Avalon Bay; Regina                   tion and remembrance. Events include Dance
  Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park De-            Africa, West Indian American Labor Day Pa-
  velopment Corporation and Robert                     rade, Juneteenth and International African Arts
  Scaglion, Managing Director at Rose Asso-            Festival. This program is part of Black Brooklyn
  ciates.                                              Renaissance presented by Brooklyn Arts Coun-
                                                       cil, in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Res-
FEBRUARY                                               toration Corporation.

                                                       Book Talk by Graham Hodges
Exhibit Opening:                                       David Ruggles: A Radical Black
Tivoli: A Place We Call                                Abolitionist and the Underground Rail-
Home                                                   road in NY
Thursday, Feb. 11                                      Thursday, March 18 — 6:30 -7:30 pm
5:30-7:30 pm                                           David Ruggles (1810-1849) was of one of the
A multimedia exhibition                                most heroic figures of the early abolitionist
documenting the tenants                                movement in America. Graham Hodges pro-
of Crown Heights’ Tiv-                                 vides the first biography of this oft-overlooked
oli Towers. Tivoli Tow-                                African American activist, writer and publisher
ers stands in the midst of a gentrifying               who secured liberty for more than 600 former
                                                       bond people, including Frederick Douglass.
neighborhood and faces the possible removal
of its Mitchell-Lama affordable housing pro-           Researching My Old House
gram status. Curated by Delphine Fawundu.              Saturday, March 27, —2:00 pm
                                                        A workshop on how to discover the amazing
Brooklyn in Prints: A Special Exhibition               history of your house using BHS’ images, re-
Reception & Gallery Talk                               cords and documents. Attendees will be intro-
Friday, Feb. 26; 6:30-8:30 pm                          duced to library collections used in house and
In celebration of the Centennial of the                building research and will learn to piece together
Brooklyn Heights Association.                          the social history of a Brooklyn home and block
Curated by The Old Print Shop.                         using materials that create a fuller story of a
General Admission: $15                                 building’s history.
BHA and BHS Member Admission: $10
MARCH                                                  Brown Bag Lecture: Stories from the
                                                       Puerto Rican Oral History Project
The Center for Architecture Foundation                 Friday, April 16, 12:00—2:00 pm
Family Day: Brooklyn Bridge Making                     BHS interviewed over 70 people who mi-
Saturday, Mar. 6 — 1:00-4:00 pm                        grated to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico from
BHS and the Center for Architecture Foundation         1917-1940. Now, these wonderful stories
host a Brooklyn Bridge Art making pro-
ject. Families with children ages 6 - 12 are invited
                                                       are available for listening in the BHS Oth-
to BHS to discover the bridge's secrets and make       mer Library. Join us for this lecture intro-
a model of the Bridge to take home. $10 Sug-           ducing this important historical collection.
gested donation.                                       Free with BHS admission.
Thank You for Your Support!
In addition to the generous support of         UBS
individual funders, BHS would like to          Verizon Foundation
thank the following corporations, foun-        William Randolph Hearst Foundation
dations, elected officials and govern-
ment agencies for their support in 2009:       United States Representatives:
                                               Congressman Edolphus Towns
The Achelis Foundation
                                               Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
American Express
Astoria Federal Savings Bank
                                               New York State Legislature:
The Atlantic Philanthropies Director /
                                               Senator Martin Malave Dilan
Employee Designated Gift Fund
                                               Senator Kevin Parker
Badgley Charitable Trust
                                               Senator Daniel Squadron
Barclays Capital
                                               Assemblyman James Brennan
Barclays Nets Community Alliance
                                               Assemblyman Karim Camara
Brooklyn Community Foundation
                                               Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
Brooklyn Brewery
                                               Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs
Brooklyn Navy Yard
                                               Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries
Carnegie Corporation of New York
                                               Assemblyman Karim Camara
Colgate Palmolive
                                               Assemblyman Joseph Lentol
Consolidated Edison, Inc.
                                               Assemblyman Alan Maisel
Constans Culver Foundation
                                               Assemblywoman Joan Millman
Council on Library Information and Resources
                                               Assemblyman Darryl Towns
Cumberland Packing Corp.
Ferriday Fund
                                               New York City Council:
FHL Bank
                                               Speaker Christine Quinn
Gerry Charitable Trust
                                               Council Member Bill de Blasio
Getty Foundation
                                               Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Gilder Lehrman Institute
                                               Council Member Vincent J. Gentile
Goldman Sachs
                                               Council Member Letitia James
Greenwall Foundation
                                               Council Member Domenic Recchia
                                               Council Member Albert Vann
Herman Goldman Foundation
                                               Council Member David Yassky
Henry and Lucy Moses Fund
                                               Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council
Institute for Social Justice
JP Morgan Chase
                                               Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Kress Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The New York Community Trust                   Institute of Museum and Library Services
Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable      National Endowment for the Humanities
Trust                                          New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Macquarie Capital                              New York City Department of Youth and
Peck Stacpole Foundation                       Community Development
Peter Jay Sharp Foundation                     New York State Council on the Arts
Pfizer                                         New York State Education Department
The Real Estate Roundtable                     U.S. Department of Education Underground Rail-
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation               road Educational and Cultural Program
Tiger Baron Foundation
Tisch Illumination Fund
Trust for Architectural Easements
Two Trees Management

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