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The Brooklyn Historical Society

Grant Type: Program/Project

Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Organization Overview:

One of Brooklyn’s oldest and most respected cultural organizations, and the only one dedicated to its dynamic history, the mission of The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is to connect the past to the present and make Brooklyn’s history tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and generations to come. BHS is a vibrant museum, world-renowned archives and special collections library, cutting-edge education center, and hub for community dialogue.

Program Overview:

“Muslims in Brooklyn” is a two-year, multi-faceted public history project designed to amplify the stories of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities and contextualize those stories in the broader history of Brooklyn and the United States and create a lasting record for generations to come.

Request Overview:

A grant from Pillars would support the activities in the first year of the project, which includes the collection of oral history interviews with as many as 50 people from across Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim communities. The project aims to capture the idea that Muslims in Brooklyn are Brooklynites—they have both shaped and been shaped by life in Brooklyn, a quintessential stronghold of American Muslim history and identity.

Year founded: 1863

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Website: http://www.brooklynhistory.org/