Since the first time I saw the Brooklyn Historical Society I knew that I was getting an opportunity to see the different changes that Brooklyn and its people have phase through the years. Its monumental red brick exterior with carved decoration gave me the feeling that this institution was important to New York, but most importantly to Brooklyn.
As well as magnificent and symbolic the exterior of the Brooklyn Historical Society was. The interior was nothing less than extraordinary. As you walk up the stairs to the library you could see minimal rays of color projecting into the painting on the stairs walls. This was made by the entering sunlight from a decorative glass roof .The library and its furniture was mostly constructed out of a dark color wood and the minimalistic used of lighting gave the sensation of walking through history.
The Librarians at BHS exposes my classmates and me to, the historical background the institution poses. After acquiring some information about BHS and its archives, we created groups which examine different types of primary sources such as maps, photographs, letters and newspapers. The task in my group was to analyze a series of Brooklyn maps dating from 1874 up to the current time. By having that opportunity to see these maps we were able to visualized the changes and analyzed the possible reasons that Brooklyn neighborhoods have change over the years.