Behold! This bold red brick building in Brooklyn. It is known as the Brooklyn Historical Society. Just this week I paid the building my first of many visits. The BHS(Brooklyn Historical Society) holds the nationally recognized Othmer Library. My class and I were fortunate enough to spent our time there carefully studying Brooklyn from its roots to its present by looking at different primary sources of information. Out of photographs, atlas’ and letters, my group studied the photographs. As we looked through them, we learned to gather information from the details surrounding the main subject of the photograph. By asking the basic, who? what? where? when? and why? we recovered knowledge about how the people of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard shaped the life of the borough. Essentially what brought life to the borough were the people, like blood to a body.This was the first time I really understood how a picture is worth a thousand words.
The building itself is worth a mountain of words. Its front and sides facades, its “faces”, interestingly enough, have faces on them. All of which I only guessed one correctly, Shakespeare. The other faces, Michelangelo, Beethoven and Guttenburg are a clear sign that this building has some powerful history stored inside. As we made our way up the stairs to the library they released a string of sounds that spoke with the strain of of old age. Nothing speaks history the way creaky wooden boards do. Wood was one of the main materials used inside the building. Especially in he library where wooden columns held up a wooden balcony on which wooden bookcases stood. I enjoyed the overall experience in the BHS. It is pleasing to go somewhere not knowing what to expect and come out with a handful of information that helps us better understand how the world takes it shape around us.