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Weeksville Heritage Center

Rating: 4.67 stars   3 reviews 379


1698 Bergen St. Brooklyn NY 11213 USA


Our mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Weeksville Heritage Center and the mission of the Weeksville Society are a critical part of the Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights Community. The historical signifigance of the site is only a small part of the value Weeksville provides to the people living in the area. The work done there reminds us of the proud and dignified African Americans that started the community and beckons all the residents to return to the rich tradition of "collective work and responsibility" which helped the area grow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Weeksville Heritage Center is a premiere cultural institition that documents and preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African American community of Weeksville in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Today, Weeksville Heritage Center comprises a museum consisting of three historic houses and a 19,000 square foot Education and Cultural Arts LEED Gold certified building that will open in 2012. Using the narrative of the houses and their residents as the context for community development and creativity, the building—the first full-fledged center of its type in Central Brooklyn—will provide a wide range of programs that make culture, fine and theater arts and environmental activism come to life. Weeksville Heritage Center will more than triple its service population and existing programs that include arts and education activities for schoolchildren, a farmers market, emerging artists summer concert series and family day festival.

Building community, engaging with our neighbors and trying to survive in a still growing and diverse city. Their story is our story. Please support!

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the way it gives back to the community by being eco-friendly, family-friendly and culturally preserving of its history. It recognizes that our history is a huge part of our future and should not only be preserved but shared!

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Increase community involvement and communications outreach.

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Increase funding, recruiting new board members and building out it's communications plan. In addition, the organization is working to complete it's 19000 sq foot Cultural and Educational Center by 2012.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Weeksville is an organization that deserves our support. One third historic house museum, one third neighborhood empowerment zone, one third education center - Weeksville is creating a new model for how to build communities by addressing their social, intellectual, and civic needs. Every time I have visited Weeksville, I have learned something new about the history of this important African American intentional community and its influence on our politics and culture, and I like to think I have also learned something about myself.

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