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History

Transcending time, the newly restored Livingston Collection at 68 Livingston Street (also known as 76-78 Court Street) has witnessed a vast and storied history spanning over 160 years. During this time, the very first free public secondary school in New York City was housed within its walls. Various commissions, political, civic and social clubs gathered here, in pursuit of their respective missions. A remarkable reflection on the topics that kept the borough of Brooklyn engaged through the course of time, 76 Court hosted The Woman League of Voters, The Independence League and the Brooklyn Economic and Social Club, a club integral in hosting talks of prominent figures of the day. Steadfast lecturers promoted their causes, including leading members of the Women’s Suffrage movement. The Brooklyn Eagle chronicled the life and goings-on within these same walls, from its pre-civil war era inception to the modern day. Here's a quick glance at some of the events that have graced the halls and spaces of this historic location.