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Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883

  • Saturday, March 26, 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • The Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232), Historic Chapel


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Join us for an in-person slideshow about how the Brooklyn Bridge came into being, its human drama, and what makes it so special.

Jeff Richman has been the full-time historian at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery since 2007. His fifth and latest book, Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883: An Illustrated History with Images in 3D, has just been published. The book features 252 images -- including original drawings by the bridge engineers and photographs from three public archives (Municipal Archives, Museum of the City of New York, and the Roebling Collection at R.P.I.); photographs from three great private collections (including 44 stereoviews, which are reproduced as 3D anaglyphs in the book), and woodcuts from a wonderful private collection held by Chief Engineer John Roebling's biographer).  

Autographed books will be available at the event for purchase.

COVID SAFETY: Masks must be worn at all times. Proof of vaccination is required. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC issued vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, the Clear Health Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App. A photo of the vaccination card is also acceptable. 

Jeffrey I. Richman has been fascinated by New York City’s history for as long as he can remember. In 2007, after thirty-three years practicing law, representing indigent criminal defendants, he became the full-time historian at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Since then, he has led Green-Wood’s Civil War, World War I, and World War II projects which, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, have researched, written, and posted online biographies of thousands of veterans interred there. He is the author of three books, including Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure (1998). He has also curated many exhibitions, including three on the Civil War and one on Coney Island. Driven by his passion for history in general and nineteenth-century New York in particular, Richman is an avid collector who has amassed an outstanding collection of stereoview and lantern slide photographs of early New York—including many of the Brooklyn Bridge under construction—that he has donated to The Green-Wood Historic Fund. One of his fondest memories is of attending the one-hundredth anniversary of the bridge’s opening in 1983—just one milestone in his love affair with the Brooklyn Bridge.

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