From the moment I entered the Brooklyn Historical Society, I noticed it resembles more a museum than a library. The columns were so well structured in wood such as a sculpture. It has a kind of environment that takes you back to the 60’s and make you feel as if you were in a movie.
The BHS is more than just a library or a museum. It has primary and secondary resources of information in their archives, which illustrates and explains how Brooklyn has been shaped from in the last centuries. They have letters, pictures, plans, journals and even music and recordings in their collection of documents. In my group, we looked at the manuscript written by
Lucille Kolhin. The letter goes to her husband who is in war in California. She lives in Brooklyn and to move to California to be closer to him. Lucy is a very independent young woman. By the way she writes we noticed that she wants to be with her husband, yet, she’s very cautious about having her own space because she’s a prepared, well educated woman.
While reading Lucy’s letters it inspired me and I felt the same way Jennifer Egan felt about Lucy because of her high spirit. In my group we read one of the actual letters that Lucille sent to her husband and I personally felt like entering into a movie but it was even better because I knew these two people were in-loved for real and were a happy couple. It made me feel as though I was disturbing their privacy a little and made me wonder about the future, since I always save letters from many years ago, I started to analyze, and wonder, what if I make history and someone finds my letters and write about them as Egan did; and I felt proud of living in this age and time. I can picture a few generations ahead of ours trying to investigate about life in NY during the ‘Technological Era’ and how people’s life is.
Something really captivating when it comes to BHS library is that it feels, smells and even sounds old. The stairs are woodened so you can hear it crack and bend as you walk. I was fascinated by the design of the woodened columns and the book shelves seem as though they are the walls supporting the load of the upper level of the library. It’s almost like being inside the ‘Harry Potter’s library.