Tuesday, February 1st: Brooklyn History at Union Hall

Adult Education: Brooklyn
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn)
7:30pm doors, 8pm start
$5

A Brooklyn-based monthly event series where various speakers present brief, multimedia lectures on a shared theme. Presented by Stay Free! and hosted by Charles Star. This month’s theme is “Brooklyn.”

According to Brian Williams, the biggest media story of 2010 was the New York Times’ discovery of Brooklyn. But what do we really know about this so-called “borough?”

Featured speakers:

BETSY BRADLEY, “Dreamland is Burning: A Coney Island Centennial”
In 1911, the most expensive amusement park at Coney Island burned to the ground overnight. Bradley explains how the Dreamland Circus Sideshow rose from the park’s ashes, and ushered in a century of truly “curious peoples” on Brooklyn’s southernmost shores.

HEATHER QUINLAN, “The Brooklyn Accent: Freakin’ A””
Other than cursing and hand gestures, Quinlan considers the components of the Brooklyn accent.

HOWARD EISMAN, “The Garden Spot of the Universe: Greenpoint, Civic Virtue, and The McGuinness”
Eisman details the career and legacy of Peter J. McGuinness, the last of New York’s Irish political bosses.

MIKE MISCIONE, “Up With the Flag of Brooklyn!”
Miscione revisits the battle over Brooklyn’s annexation by New York City in 1898 – and reintroduces an anti-consolidation anthem of the day.