More Tales from the Archives: Puerto Rico and the US Military | Virtual Program | Sunday, July 5, 12:30pm

Join us for part two of our conversation with archivist Dennis Riley of the New York State Archive. Dennis will share his research into the treasure trove of materials related to Puerto Rico held at the National Archives at New York, focusing on the role of the US military on the island from the Spanish-American War onward.

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Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard from Home with Brooklyn Public Library | July 6–10, 10am

Tugboat in Dry Dock 1 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Join the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) every weekday at 10am for Adventures in Brooklyn. Virtually visit many different cultural partners as we explore art, science, reading, and more across Brooklyn from home! From July 6 to 10, we will be hosting special programs all about the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including learning about ships and how they are built and repaired, looking at many of the products that are made in the Yard today, and exploring stories of people, ships, and even animals from the Yard’s long history.

This program is designed for children ages 5 to 10 and their families.

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An Unfree Fleet: Slavery and the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Free Virtual Program

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When the Brooklyn Navy Yard was founded in 1801, more than a quarter of the inhabitants of Kings County were enslaved, and 60% of households included an enslaved person. This program will look at how the institution of slavery was intricately linked to the operations of the Yard, even after New York enacted emancipation in 1827. From timber, rope, and nails produced by enslaved labor in the South, to the enslaved people living and working at the Yard itself, the institution of slavery was embedded in the life of the Navy. This program will be hosted by our Brooklyn Navy Yard historian Andrew Gustafson.

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Closing Day: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Since 1966 | Virtual Program

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On June 25, 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard closed its doors after 165 years of “Service to the Fleet.” This virtual program with Navy Yard historian Andrew Gustafson will look at the rationale for the Yard’s closure, its sale to the City of New York and reopening as a private shipyard building crude oil supertankers, and the ups and downs of redevelopment over the past 50 years. Today the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a thriving city-owned industrial park that is home to over 500 companies at 12,000 jobs.

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Learning to See the Earth: Discussion and Drawing Workshop with Sarah Olson | Virtual Program

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Sarah Olson is a Brooklyn-based painter, performance artist, and mother. Grounded by her love and respect for place and human experience, Sarah’s insightful work hits you with the clarity and personal resonance of dreams; color, lines, and partially familiar images blend together creating a sense that the world is more beautiful than you might know, and that you belong in it. This program will look at Sarah’s New York-focused work, her “live painting” performances, and most recent installation, “RISE ALL BOATS: A World Water Map,” in which she collaborates with James Baldwin scholar Khadija Kamara to chart ancestral, deliberate and involuntary human migration through performative drawing. Sarah will also guide us through a fun drawing lesson, teaching us to draw the earth as seen from space! Suitable for kids, parents and all curious adults.

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Missiles and Meteorites: Polar Exploration and the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Virtual Program

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From the 1830’s to the 1960’s, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was an important base for exploration of the Polar regions. This program with Yard historian Andrew Gustafson will span from the Wilkes Expedition (1838-1842) that charted portions of the Antarctica coast, through Robert Peary’s numerous attempts at the North Pole (1886-1909), and the many Cold War-era programs to map, patrol, and fight in the Arctic Ocean, the new frontline between nuclear-armed US and USSR.

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Art in Crisis: A Conversation with Charlotta Janssen | Free Virtual Program

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Join our conversation with Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artist and restauranteur Charlotta Janssen. In this current historical moment, where we face a dual crisis of pandemic and unrest over racial injustice, Charlotta finds herself and and her work intersecting with both. Born to German parents in Maine, she had a peripatetic childhood, living in Iran and winding up back in Germany to study art, but she eventually dropped out to travel the world as an an artist and street performer, landing in New York in 1995. For over 20 years she has run French bistro Chez Oskar in Bed-Stuy while continuing her art career, and following the 2008 election, she began a series of works inspired by mugshots of the Freedom Riders and other civil rights activists.

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Pizza and Process: A Conversation with Designer Steph Mantis | Virtual Program

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Steph Mantis is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer who’s work explores nostalgia and often employs a sense of play in every day objects. Best known for her wildly popular “Cat Butt Magnets,” “Pizza Night Light,” and “Forever Pizza,” Steph is a featured designer with world-leading home accessory brand Kikkerland, and her products have broken global sales records for the company. Growing up in a restaurant family in Biddeford, Maine, Steph learned to appreciate food for its fundamental rituals and potential as a creative platform. Her work re-frames the ordinary in extraordinary ways, creating pieces that inspire one to reflect on big-picture questions while playfully marveling at life’s fascinating detail, and always suggesting that there is more than meets the eye. Join us for what promises to be a tasty peak into Steph’s creative process. Steph Mantis products are available at The MoMa Store, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, and Target.

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The Saga of Salty Sam, Navy Mascot | Virtual Program

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In 1953, the USS Wrangell was sailing off the coast of Portugal when it encountered a fishing boat adrift; on board was just a lone fisherman, dead, a dog, barely alive. The dog was adopted by the crew and eventually brought back to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, though the mystery of “Salty Sam’s” origins have never been solved. To celebrate our dog Salty’s birthday (named after the mystery dog), we will share this puzzling tale, as well as other stories from the rich tradition of animal mascots in the US Navy.

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Chaos and Control: On Painting and Toys with Paul Campbell | Virtual Program

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Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artist Paul Campbell started to experiment with painting with his children’s toys in 1998 and has since explored the tension and balance between chaos and control. His abstract paintings that start with unpredictable patterns on the canvas created by the movements of toys, including remote control cars, tiny motorcycles, and koosh balls. Paul will share his work from his recent exhibitions in Wuhan, China and Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, and share techniques for how people can draw inspiration from his creative process and use toys and other household objects to create their own paintings at home.

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