Calling all birders! Joseph Charap, Green-Wood's Director of Horticulture, leads a community forum to address the cemetery's commitment to birds, birders, and birding. He will discuss efforts that are currently underway to support wildlife habitats throughout Green-Wood's extensive landscape, as well as addressing feedback and suggestions from the birding community.
Into the Night is a feature-length PBS documentary exploring diverse perspectives on death and dying. Through the lens of astrophysics, art, cryonics, near death experiences and green burials, nine unique individuals from all walks of life challenge us to rethink our place in the universe. Each of them has been forever changed by encounters with mortality. Into the Night will be broadcast on PBS on March 28, 2018.
Birding is one of this country's fastest growing hobbies, and there is no place better to enjoy it in Brooklyn than at Green-Wood! This two-part course will teach the beginner birder the why, where, how, and what of birding. With over 250 species of birds residing in, or passing through, the Big Apple every year, learn where to look for, and how to identify, many of the species in this diverse group of animals. Our second session will end with a walk through the Cemetery, applying some of the lessons learned in the classroom.
Meet the nineteenth-century luminaries interred at Green-Wood whose names now grace parks, streets, and subway stations throughout Brooklyn. Discover how city dwellers like Hezekiah Beers, Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Henry Havemeyer, Peter and Abraham Schermerhorn, and Teunis Garret Bergen were influential enough to become permanent fixtures in the borough of Kings.
Green-Wood is a veritable outdoor museum of stone sculptures – over 250,000 in all. Each marks a life and a life story. At this hands-on workshop, Neela Wickremesinghe, Green-Wood’s Manager of Preservation and Restoration will offer insights into the art of stone conservation and demonstrate how her team creates replacement parts when monuments need repair. Using the same techniques, each participant will cast his/her own personal plaster ornament to take home.
Green-Wood is teaming up with our friends at Kings County Distillery to delve into the storied past of distilling in Brooklyn. The afternoon kicks off with a trolley tour of the cemetery’s “permanent residents” with whiskey connections, including the one and only casualty of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the late 1860s and early 1870s. Afterward, the trolley will head to Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where visitors will see first-hand how whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting of four delectable varieties.
The spring equinox signals a time of rebirth and renewal, the end of winter dormancy, and the promise of warmer and longer days ahead. Green-Wood invites you to celebrate with us as our 478 verdant acres come to life with blossoming flowers and birds returning to make their nests. The evening begins indoors with inspirational readings and a guided meditation. Later, a peaceful walk through Green-Wood concludes with a gathering around a small bonfire to toast the new season.
Batter up! To lead off the 2018 season, we welcome baseball historian Tom Gilbert for a tour of Green-Wood’s ball-playing pioneers. With Tom and Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, you’ll visit the monuments and gravestones of Henry Chadwick, the Father of Baseball, who invented the game’s scoring system; James Creighton, baseball’s first national star; Charles Ebbets, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and many others who played a role in making baseball America’s National Pastime.
From the first woman to sing live on radio, Eugenia Farrar, to the first black female doctor in New York State, Susan Smith McKinney Steward, this trolley tour celebrates the pioneering women of Green-Wood, including Caroline Weldon, a widowed Brooklyn artist who traveled to the Dakota Territory to become an assistant and liaison to Sitting Bull (Weldon’s story was featured in the 2017 film, “Woman Walks Ahead” starring Jessica Chastain). Plus many others whose stories are remarkable and inspiring.