One of the best things about living in a city like New York is being able to enjoy a cultural and historical identity that is so unlike anywhere else. Each of the five boroughs adds its personal mark to the greater New York persona, but having spent a lot of time in each of them, I have to admit that there’s really no place like home. For me, home is in Brooklyn, an area filled with creative entrepreneurship, family businesses, locality in the cuisine, as well as a rich history.
If you’re interested in learning more about how the Borough of Brooklyn came to be, I highly recommend heading over to the Brooklyn Historical Society. Here you’ll find all kinds of great resources, exhibits, and events, all which center on Brooklyn’s past and present. One of the Historical Society’s greatest offerings is an ongoing exhibition called “Inventing Brooking: People, Places, Progress,” which chronicles the history of the area, as well as of the attitudes and cultures of its people over time.
According to NYC-ARTS, this ongoing exhibit“traces the evolution of Brooklyn into the place we known today. From Native American roots and Dutch colonial influences to icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Dodgers, ‘Inventing Brooklyn’ examines how various people places, and historical events have shaped the development of the borough.” If you’ve ever wanted to learn all that you can about this borough, this is the place to do it. One of the greatest things about the exhibit is that it is living, and being constantly added to by young people who are part of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Exhibition Laboratory program. It’s the very community of Brooklyn that helps bring this exhibition to life.
For more information about events and exhibits at the Brooklyn Historical Society, visit the organization’s official website.