Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Historical Society project presents histories of mixed heritage Brooklynites

December 4, 2014 Associated Press
Brooklyn Historical Society has hosted a number of public programs about race and mixed-heritage identity in conjunction with this project since 2011. Photo by Willie Davis, courtesy of BHS

The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is completing a multi-year project that captured the oral histories of over 100 Brooklynites of mixed heritage.

The BHS says the goal of “Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations” was to explore race, ethnicity, identity and cultural hybridity.

The project, available in January, builds on the museum’s 40-year-old oral history collection.

Hundreds of hours of personal stories, articles and scholarly material will be available at the society’s Othmer Library. An interactive website accessed via the museum’s homepage will feature 35 oral histories. The project also has a public program and school curriculum component.

The museum received funding for the project from the national Endowment for the Humanities.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, multiracial and multiethnic children comprise one of the nation’s fastest-growing demographic groups.

 

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