Nineteen local teens have curated an exhibit for the Brooklyn Historical Society that will open this Friday, June 5. "Pages of the Past: The Breukelen Adventures of Jasper Danckaerts" chronicles the voyage of Jasper Danckaerts through 17th century Brooklyn.
In 1679, Danckaerts and his colleague Peter Sluyter came to New York in search of land. For 200 years Danckaerts’ meticulously written and illustrated diaries lay undiscovered until Henry C. Murphy, a founder of the Long Island Historical Society, (later renamed the Brooklyn Historical Society) came upon the diaries in 1864 in an Amsterdam book store. Now an important part of the BHS collection and an invaluable primary resource for scholars, the diaries will be featured in this exhibit in celebration of the 400 Years of the Dutch in New York.
Participating students are from Brooklyn Technical High School, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Saint Ann’s School.The exhibit opening will be June 5 with a reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is at 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.) in Brooklyn Heights.
UPDATE: I went over to BHS the night before the exhibit opened and chatted with some of the students as they finished setting up. Here's the story in the Eagle