Our Streets, Our Stories: Oral History

Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project

Brooklyn Public Library Services for Older Adults: Our Streets, Our Stories IconBrooklyn Public Library Services for Older Adults Image of Williamsburg Division Street

Our Streets, Our Stories is an ongoing oral history project of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services that seeks to explore the Brooklyn that is, and the Brooklyn that was, from the words of the community that lives here.

The project is a partnership with Services for Older Adults and the Brooklyn Collection, with content uploaded to our website along with pictures and other relevant materials, to build an interactive historical map around the stories collected.

Our Streets, Our Stories aims is to actively collect a broad range of stories from our diverse neighborhoods so that future generations may better understand the history of this great borough.You do not have to come to a formal training to become an interviewer or interviewee.

This project is currently located at the Kings Bay, Leonard, Flatbush, Clinton Hill, and New Lots Libraries.

If you are from a different Brooklyn neighborhood or are unable to get to one of these branches, you can call 718.236.1760 or  email OSOSproject@bklynlibrary.org to arrange to be interviewed.

Hear our amazing interviews the Our Streets, Our Stories newly launched Tumblr and SoundCloud pages. Please visit: www.ourstreetsourstories.tumblr.com and www.soundcloud.com/ososproject

Our Streets, Our Stories: Community Scanning Events

Our Streets, Our Stories provides community members with the tools and technology to share their Brooklyn memorabilia and culture heritage materials with the world. Many items that can help tell Brooklyn’s story are sitting forgotten in apartments and basements all over the borough, being lost due to improper storage conditions and neglect. More information can be found here: Our Streets, Our Stories: Community Scanning Events.

Brooklyn Public Library, Services for Older Adults Leonard Branch picture

Williamsburg residents hoisting the three ton giglio at the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1989.


This program is sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services, which has been established with the generous support of The Charles H. Revson Foundation.