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500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States

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Grand Procession Commemorating the End of the Civil War

Saturday, May 23, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

This spring marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. And Green-Wood is proud to be the final resting place of over 5,000 Civil War veterans and other contributors to the war effort. For one night, Green-Wood will be transformed into a Civil War-era commemoration and festival, with the Grand Procession as the main event – a spectacular walk across Green-Wood’s grounds, aglow with 5,000 honorary candles, and featuring a brass band, artillery fire, a chorus, cavalry horses, and re-enactors in uniform.

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Memorial Day Commemoration

Monday, May 25, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join re-enactors and musicians in a parade to Green-Wood’s Civil War Soldiers’ Lot for a ceremony. Bring a blanket and enjoy a free early summer concert – a NYC favorite. And take a special trolley tour with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman right after the concert, featuring Green-Wood highlights and veteran connections.

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Gay Green-Wood Trolley Tour

Sunday, June 7, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kick off Brooklyn Pride Week (June 8 – 13) in a most unique way, with an LGBT-themed trolley tour of Green-Wood! Tour guide Phil Desiere – who leads tours of Greenwich Village, Central Park, and other NYC sights – will illuminate stories of Green-Wood ‘permanent residents’ who were openly gay, including “It’s Raining Men” co-author Paul Jabara, and others who were probably gay or bisexual, like Violet Oakley, a member of a “Boston marriage.”

Plus you’ll visit the final resting places of those who contributed to LGBT culture in fun, surprising ways, including Louis Comfort Tiffany, the artist and businessman whose fancy New York City atelier is the namesake of gay novelist Truman Capote’s smash hit, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Curator’s Exhibition Tour

Saturday, June 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Green-Wood historian and exhibition curator Jeff Richman for a behind-the-scenes tour of To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories. Visitors will explore the inspiration behind the exhibition, learn about the process of selecting these compelling stories, and get insights on the exhibition from the curator himself.

Following the exhibition tour, Richman will lead a trolley tour through Green-Wood to visit the gravesites of several individuals highlighted in the exhibition.

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Civilian Stories

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Most New Yorkers and Americans never saw combat in the Civil War, but many civilians still contributed to the War effort in meaningful ways. Celebrate those individuals at this program with historian and curator Jeff Richman. For one night only, Green-Wood’s exhibition To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories will be enhanced – featuring additional stories and objects that particularly pertain to civilian efforts at wartime. Learn of patriotic deeds by New Yorkers including Reverend Gordon Winslow and Rebecca Winslow, who founded the Sanitary Commission to support sick and wounded soldiers; Simeon Chittenden, who paid bounties to 14th Brooklyn recruits from his own funds; Ann Vanderpoel—founder of the Ladies Home Hospital; and many others. New items, including original promotional posters from the Sanitary Fair, will be on display in the exhibition for this day only! Following the exhibition tour, Richman will lead a trolley tour through Green-Wood to visit the resting places of these important Civil War contributors.

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Moonlight Walking Tour

Sunday, June 28, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Armed with a flashlight and the full moon’s brilliance, fearless trekkers will explore intriguing tombstones and the haunting catacombs with Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman. Look out for the spirits of illustrious cemetery residents like Boss Tweed, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The skeptical can simply enjoy the frisson of nighttime skulking, accompanied by live accordion music. Please bring a flashlight to light your way.

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A Night at Niblo’s Garden

Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This popular event is back for 2015 and better than ever! Imagine an outdoor pleasure dome, strung with lights, adorned with fountains and featuring the top musicians, dancers and entertainers of the time. That was the scene at Niblo’s Garden – the premier entertainment house of the 19th century. Niblo himself had a habit of turning his Green-Wood mausoleum – built years before his death – into a pleasure garden of its own, with friends, picnics and entertainment. Rumor has it he even stocked the nearby Crescent Water with goldfish!

This year we’ve teamed up with Bindlestiff Circus, a vaudeville and performing arts powerhouse since 1995. Bindlestiff will transform Niblo’s final resting place into a Victorian extravaganza of performing arts. Your night will begin with a picnic around the beautiful pond Crescent Water, and will unfold into an evening of showmanship in front of Niblo’s grand mausoleum. As always, author and Niblo expert Ben Feldman will hold court as Niblo himself. Bring a blanket, snacks, and drinks, and prepare to be dazzled by 19th-century games, fire eaters, contortionists, and much more – all lit by candles and a starry sky.

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Twilight Tour and Catacomb Soiree

Thursday, July 23, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

There are few places more atmospheric than a cemetery at dusk – and Green-Wood is top notch when it comes to beauty and atmosphere. So take a walk on the wild side during this special event that will lead you on a twilight tour of the expansive grounds. As the sun sets on 478 spectacular acres, you’ll weave through stunning landscapes and visit the graves of fascinating figures in New York and American culture.

After the walking tour, enjoy a drink amidst the art and greenery. The catacombs will be open for the reception, so you can wander by torchlight, sip your drink, and visit the opulent indoor resting places of Green-Wood.

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Brooklyn By Name Trolley Tour

Saturday, August 15, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bergen, Schermerhorn, Martense, Havemeyer, Berry, Tompkins…to New Yorkers, these are household names. They grace our roads, our subway stations, and our parks. So how did these names come to be NYC fixtures? In most cases, these ubiquitous names are all attached to influential and powerful city dwellers of the 19th-century. They also all happen to be buried at Green-Wood. Join expert tour guide Ruth Edebohls on this tour to the final resting places of the people who bear the names we know so well. You’ll learn about their lives, their businesses, and how they become powerful enough to have a street named after them.

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Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn

Sunday, August 30, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood, was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, Green-Wood hosts a day of free commemoration ceremonies, trolley tours, and 18th-century living. See parades, cannon fire, horse rides, re-enactments and historic cooking. Living history events and activities will offer kids a real feel for life during the American Revolution. This is a great event for kids and families!

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