Unpack the Significance of the Census With the Brooklyn Historical Society

Taking the census in 1920. Photo via Library of Congress


    The next count is set to kick off this spring and the Brooklyn Historical Society is diving into the history and impact of the census with a special lecture series.

    “Unpacking the Census,” a series of three special programs, kicks of in March ahead of Census Day on April 1. The first program on March 26 is a discussion with author and MIT Professor of Political Science Melissa Nobles and FiveThirtyEight census reporter Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux on how information is used and the impact of not participating in the count.

    If you’ve wondered how historians use census records going back to the very first in 1790, head to BHS on March 31 for a discussion on census sleuthing with historian Julie Golia, Dan Bouk of Census Stories, USA and Kubi Ackerman, curator of a new Museum of the City of New York exhibit on the census.

    us census poster 1940

    A poster for the 1940 census. Image via Library of Congress

    The series culminates on April 6 with an investigation into the categorizing of race with Paul Schor, author of  the book “Counting Americans: How the US Census Classified the Nation.”

    All three events take place at BHS, located at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets range from $10 to $15 for general admission and $4 to $10 for members. For more information on the full series and to reserve your tickets, visit the event page online.

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