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Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A corner of the library

A corner of the library.

Photo credit: By Marielepin88 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Brooklyn Historical Society, founded in 1863, is a museum, library, and educational center preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's 400-year history. The society's Romanesque Revival building was designed by George B. Post and built in 1878-81. It is a National Historic Landmark and part of New York City's Brooklyn Heights Historic District.

The Othmer Library has a collection that includes historic maps and atlases of Brooklyn and New York City; individual family histories in the genealogy collection; a microfilm collection of Brooklyn and Long Island newspapers; a collection of microfiche pamphlets on slavery and abolition; the papers of abolitionist clergyman Henry Ward Beecher; the Pierrepont Papers; the Brooklyn Firefighting Collection; and the Brooklyn Council of Churches.

The society also hosts exhibitions which draw over 9,000 members a year.

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