Behind the stately facades of Brooklyn Heights’ most gracious brownstones lies the history of firebrand feminism! The "wise women of Brooklyn” were doctors, lawyers, educators and orators who made some of the foremost contributions to the Suffrage movement. Join us for a walk through their neighborhood. As we make our way between the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the Old Bridge Street Church, we'll discover suffrage history at the home a noted playwright, find out why the Brooklyn Bridge is a feminist icon, and see how the Brooklyn Academy of Music set the stage for the Women’s Movement.
I'm a professional historian and passionate nerd. I founded Archive on Parade, a historical tour and event company to take history out of the archives and into the streets. As a native New Yorker, I know there are stories around every corner. I've worked with places including the 92nd Street Y, The New York Public Library, the St. Regis Hotel, Fraunces Tavern and The Municipal Art Society to offer exciting tours, lectures and events all over town.
We'll begin at 158 Hicks Street, home to Brooklyn's original suffrage pioneer. Along the Brooklyn Heights promenade we'll see how some of New York's most iconic monuments are really monuments to the women's movement, then we'll turn onto Pierrepont Street, a veritable headquarters of Suffrage ferment! Finally, we'll end at the Old Bridge Street Church, a stop on the underground railroad, and a monument to freedom and equality of all kinds.