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Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711)
Julie Golia (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2021)

GI-256212-17
Exhibitions: Implementation
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 8/31/2019

Sick: Seven Diseases That Changed Brooklyn

Implementation of a permanent exhibition, an accompanying website, educational materials, and public programs exploring the 400-year history of public health in Brooklyn.

BHS is requesting NEH funds to support its newest exhibition, Sick: Seven Diseases That Changed Brooklyn, which, along with complementary education programs, public programs, and a project website, aims to reveal to diverse audiences that conceptions of illness and health are a manifestation of not just biology, but beliefs, institutions, and identity. Sick will use Brooklyn’s rich history to show how concepts of illness and wellness have transformed over 400 years with a focus on seven different diseases. Topics range from smallpox and Native Americans in the seventeenth century; to devastating nineteenth-century outbreaks of cholera in the growing city of Brooklyn; to pharmaceutical innovations that would grow into global corporations; to local doctors and nurses, activists, and communities who fought disease and redefined caregiving; to the experiences of a diverse group of borough residents and their families during the earliest days of HIV/AIDS; and more.