Hunt for History Amidst the Tombstones of Green-Wood Cemetery With Urban Archive

Green-Wood in 1900. Photo via New York Public Library


    Think you know all the hidden secrets of Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery?

    If you are confident of your knowledge of the 19th century landscape and its massive collection of gravestones, sculptures and mausoleums, then an upcoming scavenger hunt will give you an opportunity to prove your Brooklyn trivia superiority.

    Urban Archive, an app that mines the collections of New York City’s institutions to create a mobile archive, and Green-Wood Cemetery are hosting a team-based scavenger hunt through the historic landscape.

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    Photo by Susan De Vries

    Participants of all ages can gather a team of up to four members for a dash through the cemetery on Sunday, May 20, to locate historic landmarks and earn points. There will be prizes for the top teams, so the pressure is on.

    At least one member of each team will need an iPhone (iOS 10.0 or a more recent version) and the Urban Archive App. You can download the app for free by clicking here. It’s not a bad idea to get familiar with the app before the hunt begins so you don’t lose any scavenging time. You also might want to plan for all that competitive scrambling and wear some comfortable walking shoes as there will be about 4 miles of walking involved.

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    Green-Wood in the 19th century. Photo via Library of Congress

    The event starts at 2 p.m. and is free, but advanced registration is required. For more information on the hunt or to register, click here. Brownstoner is a media sponsor for this event.

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