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Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711)
Deborah F. Schwartz (Project Director: January 2020 to July 2022)
Heather Malin (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

Exhibitions: Planning
Public Programs

$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023

A People's History of Brooklyn

Planning of a permanent, immersive exhibition on the history of Brooklyn, utilizing unused spaces in the museum’s historic building.

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a $75,000 Public Humanities Projects Planning Grant to support concept design, formative evaluation, research, and scholarly honoraria for its newest public history project, A People’s History of Brooklyn. This new building-wide, multi-floor public history initiative will revolutionize the visitor experience within BHS’s historic headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, and for the first time in the building’s nearly 140-year history, fully activate the space that houses our world-renowned collections in service of BHS’s mission—to tell Brooklyn’s diverse history and utilize Brooklyn’s past to understand its present. Imagined as a constellation of interpretive experiences, project components will feature innovative permanent installations that incorporate BHS’s collections, including newly processed and conserved artifacts; immersive audio experiences; and an introductory film.