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Green-Wood Cemetery

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500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
718-210-3080

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Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn

Sunday, August 30

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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Inventors Club: Frederick August Otto Schwarz

Sunday, September 13, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about how FAO Schwarz went from being a new immigrant in America to owning one of the most famous toy stores in the country! Not only did FAO Schwartz own the most beloved toy store in New York, but his great-grandson is a pioneering civil rights advocate for city dwellers. Learn about the many ways this ambitious family shaped the city, through historic ads and newspapers. Once you’ve become acquainted with FAO Schwartz and his history, design your own electronic toys using motors, sensors, and your imagination!

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Pencil Passion

Sunday, September 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ring in the new school year with a look at the hidden history inside your pencil case. Those age-old writing tools may seem humdrum, but in the early years of pencil production in America, the tiny tools were the focus of fierce competition. American companies, including several in New York, vied for customers through new ideas, designs, and advertisements. In Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel, we’ll explore the history, development, and simple appeal of the pencil with Caroline Weaver, lifelong pencil enthusiast and owner of the new Lower East Side shop CW Pencils. Caroline will discuss the crowded pencil market of the 19th and early 20th century, including the innovations of successful pencil man Eberhard Faber, buried at Green-Wood in 1879. Beautiful and varied examples of pencils from Caroline’s personal collection will be on display, along with historic advertisements and other objects. After the talk, the Green-Wood trolley will bring you to Faber’s monument to pay your respect to the pencil king – and do a grave rubbing using some of his storied graphite, too.

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Tree Pruning Workshop

Saturday, September 19, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all amateur arborists and horticultural hopefuls! Join Board Certified Master Arborist Kevin Wyatt and Green-Wood’s Curator of Plant Collections Joe Charap for this hands-on demonstration on how to effectively prune your trees and shrubs. A thoughtful and well executed pruning will keep your plants looking great and growing strong. You’ll practice using hand pruners, lopers, and pole pruners and learn the proper techniques behind sanitary, reduction, and developmental pruning. Participants will be working in Green-Wood on small trees and shrubs. Tools and protective equipment will be provided.

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Playing First: Early Baseball Lives at Green-Wood

Saturday, September 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Thomas W. Gilbert, baseball historian and author, to celebrate his newly published book Playing First: Early Baseball Lives at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Gilbert is an expert in baseball’s 19th-century New York City and Brooklyn origins, and Green-Wood’s history there is unmatched – an astounding number of early baseball innovators and players are interred at the cemetery. Playing First is the culmination of Gilbert’s extensive research into the little known professional, political, and military lives of these baseball pioneers. In Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel, Gilbert will reveal many fascinating stories included in his newly published book, including the truth about what actually killed famed baseball martyr James Creighton, and how a feud between baseball and cricket in early America changed Creighton’s legacy forever. After the talk, Gilbert will sign books before leading a trolley tour of baseball pioneers with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman.

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Media Movers & Shakers, Then & Now

Saturday, October 3, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Explore the frenzied world of New York City news and media. This panel, featuring Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young, journalist and urban planner Julia Vitullo-Martin, and Brokelyn News Editor David Colon, will trace the early boom days of New York City newspapers to the current upheaval in media. In the 19th century, the pioneers of news and publishing loomed large in New York society, and they made their impact on the landscape, too, by building massive and imposing headquarters downtown. Many of these early players are now buried together at Green-Wood, including Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune; James Harper, founder of Harper & Brothers; and Henry Raymond, founder of the New York Times. But the media world doesn’t stand still for long, and our panelists will detail the seismic shifts the industry has endured in the 20th and 21st centuries. Media has moved from downtown flagships, to uptown rented space, to bloggers working from their living rooms. Where will it go next? Young, Vitullo-Martin, and Colon will take a stab at answering that question. Following the talk, a trolley tour will visit the monuments of the great newspaper men of the 19th century.

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Green-Wood House Tour

Sunday, October 4, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Don’t miss one of Green-Wood’s most popular events! For one day only, we’re opening many of our most impressive and elaborate mausoleums for public perusal. Peek inside massive stone slabs and elaborate iron-wrought doors as you step inside stunning examples of Green-Wood’s distinct architecture. This self-guided tour will include the Egyptian Revival tomb of John Taylor Johnston, an early president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the ornamental Nichols mausoleum which served as a kind of hostel for Nichols friends and family; the imposing mausoleum of the Dewey’s, a family of early American settlers; and several more . At each stop, “house” docents will offer a glimpse into the lives of the personalities who now rest in these opulent structures. Bring your sneakers and walk the route, or use the Green-Wood trolley for “Hop on, hop off” service between each site. A handy map, provided at the main entrance, will show the locations of each open house.

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What Was The Gilded Age? (And Are We Living in A Second One?)

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Historian, author, and professor Edward T. O’Donnell speaks about his new book on the influential reformer Henry George and the tumultuous period in America known as the Gilded Age (1870-1900). As financial fortunes were soaring ever-higher for a small portion of society, Henry George emerged in the 1880s as a prominent reformer warning against the threats of increasing wealth disparity, inequality, and corporate influence in politics. He played a key role in popularizing some of the foundational ideas of progressivism that shaped U.S. social and economic policy in the 20th century. Today, George’s philosophy is more relevant than ever as America confronts similar questions about poverty, inequality, and corporate power in what some have called a Second Gilded Age. After O’Donnell’s enlightening discussion, take a trolley ride through Green-Wood to visit the monuments of Henry George and other influential reformers.

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Into the Veil: An After Dark Exploration

Saturday, October 24, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Where Green-Wood’s Gothic arch rises above Brooklyn there exists a portal between the land of the living and the realm of the dead. Since the 19th century, that brownstone gate has represented the connection between those two spaces. On this special autumn evening, cross that portal and join Green-Wood and Atlas Obscura for a night of exploration and discovery. Attendees will make their own ways, on their own unique adventures, weaving together stories from the 560,000 lives interred across Green-Wood’s historic 478 acres. Navigating below the silhouettes of thousands of starlit trees, curiosity will lead you through winding pathways, revealing hidden spaces of music, history, and experience. Music performances, readings, stargazing, and other activities will unfold over the course of the night, and each attendee will choose where their own night will lead. Just as Green-Wood was designed as a place for Victorian New Yorkers to step between the veil of life and the afterlife, so too will modern visitors transport into a liminal space where the city’s past and present meet.

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Moonlight Walking Tour

Sunday, October 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 Spirited Stroll through Green-Wood

Saturday, October 31, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Every day until Sunday, November 1,

Get into the autumnal mood and enjoy a cool, crisp day exploring our 478 acres of beautiful fall foliage. Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead this favorite fall tour featuring tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and the utterly bizarre.

Visit the graves of The Wizard of Oz, George Washington’s favorite dentist, the founders of Spiritualism, and many more. You’ll even get to tour Green-Wood’s Catacombs, usually closed to the public.

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A Spirited Stroll through Green-Wood

Sunday, November 1, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Every day until Sunday, November 1,

Get into the autumnal mood and enjoy a cool, crisp day exploring our 478 acres of beautiful fall foliage. Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead this favorite fall tour featuring tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and the utterly bizarre.

Visit the graves of The Wizard of Oz, George Washington’s favorite dentist, the founders of Spiritualism, and many more. You’ll even get to tour Green-Wood’s Catacombs, usually closed to the public.

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Twilight Tour and Catacomb Soiree

Saturday, November 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 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’s permanent residents.

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Murder, Mayhem, and Disasters Trolley Tour

Saturday, November 14, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Serene, beautiful Green-Wood is the final resting place for many victims — and perpetrators — of violence. Join expert tour guide Ruth Edebohls to hear some of their fascinating stories.

The Morro Castle disaster and possible murder of her captain, the sinking of the steamship Arctic, the Malbone Street train crash, a suicide on the grave of a beloved wife, the arsenic and clam chowder murder, Titanic survivors and the Brooklyn Theatre fire are just some of the tragic tales you’ll hear amidst a landscape of late fall beauty.

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Winter Bird Watch

Saturday, December 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Green-Wood’s 478 acres are an urban oasis for humans and birds, alike. Toss a scarf over your shoulders and enjoy this crisp winter bird walk! Tour guide and birder Marge Raymond will lead this walking tour in search of winter residents like the White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Red- and White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Goldfinch, and more, plus Green-Wood’s year-round residents like the Cardinal, Blue Jay, and Red-tail Hawk. Some sightings of late migrants and hawks are also possible. Between bird sightings, enjoy Green-Wood’s serene landscape as Marge gives tidbits on the history, art, and architecture the tour encounters. Bring comfortable walking shoes and your binoculars!

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