Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Brooklyn Historical Society

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • http://www.brooklynhistory.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a museum, library, and educational center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's rich 400-year past, while recording and reflecting upon the future of our culturally rich borough. BHS houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of our country and the history of Brooklyn and its people. We draw from all of these holdings to create interpretive exhibitions illuminating the past and informing the future. BHS hosts over 9,000 members of the general public at its exhibitions each year. In addition to our general programming, BHS serves over 70,000 public school students and teachers annually by providing exhibit tours, educational programs and curricula, and making its professional staff available for instruction and consultation. The exhibits at BHS are dynamic learning experiences for audiences of all ages.

Service Areas

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New York

New York Tri-State area

ruling year

1934

Principal Officer since

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Ms. Deborah Schwartz

Keywords

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Brooklyn, New York

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Also Known As

Brooklyn Historical Society

EIN

11-1630813

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

BHS places the materials it collects in a meaningful context by 1) developing and presenting exhibits that connect the story of Brooklyn?s diverse communities to major events in American history; 2) caring for our collections and making them accessible; 3) complementing our exhibits by presenting free and low cost programming for students, teachers, and the general public, including walking tours, lectures, workshops, and readings that take visitors literally and virtually through the various artistic and historic elements that make up Brooklyn?s past and present; and 4) fostering research and study of Brooklyn?s history and culture the past through programs, exhibitions and access to our extensive library and archive collections.

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Service Areas

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New York

New York Tri-State area

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Financials

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Brooklyn Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Ms. Deborah Schwartz

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James Rossman

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