Beginning on August 17, 2016, Battle Week will invite locals and visitors to a unique week of events and activities commemorating the opening chapter in America’s quest for independence, marking the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. During the American Revolution, British forces under General William Howe defeated Patriot forces under General George Washington at the Battle of Brooklyn in New York. While it’s fun to listen to listen to vibrant depictions of the battles, the content of the revolution present ideals that provide insight into how major movements take flight.
NYU Professor of History Nicole Eustace, author of Passion is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution, will look at the pivotal role of emotion in reshaping power relations and reordering society throughout the critical decades leading up to the revolution in a presentation provided by the Brooklyn Historical Society on August 18. Historian Nicole Eustace writes and lectures on the history of the Atlantic world with a particular emphasis on eighteenth-century British America. Offered to the public for free with registration, this event allows a unique historian to guide attendees through a multi-faceted era of American history.
The first few events for Battle Week are planned as follows:
Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Revolution Appropriated: An contemporary exhibit curated by Katherine Gressel on view through October 8, 2016 at Old Stone House & Washington Park.
Thursday, August 18, 6:30 p.m., free/pre-registration required
1776: Revolution and Emotion with Historian Nicole Eustace presented at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Register at www.brooklynhistory.org
Friday, August 19, 6 pm & Saturday, August 27, 4 pm
Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk led by Old Stone House Board Member and Hunter College Archaeology Professor William J. Parry. Meet at Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, NW corner. $12 per person/$10 OSH members; includes light refreshments and attendees must wear comfortable shoes. Register at www.brownpapertickets.com
To view the full calendar for Battle Week, please click here.
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