The Universal Declaration of Human Rights handwritten on an illustration of orange flowers

What does the U.S. Constitution actually say? On January 20, 2017, artist Morgan O’Hara took a pen and paper to the central branch of the New York Public Library and began to write her own copy of the document in long hand. In what she describes as “a form of protest for introverts”. She was soon joined by others. Since then, there have been some 119 sessions on three different continents and more than 2,000 participants.

Morgan says: “This art practice was created so that people will know their rights, deepen their understanding of laws created to protect these rights, and helps resist negative thinking. To date approximately 2000 people have participated, both nationally and internationally. The goal of this art practice is to encourage people to hold their own Handwriting sessions on a recurring basis; to create a physical and psychological space that explores the practice of concentrated writing as an art form, and a process designed to bring people together in a quiet and calming way, all by focusing on human rights.”

This summer, we will be hosting the first online version of the Handwriting Project, collaborating with several Historic House Trust sites in New York City, as well as a community of artists in Europe. We will meet every Thursday from 12 pm – 2 pm beginning on August 13 and ending on September 17. Commit to spending time with the U. S. Constitution, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or choose another document. Participation is casual and members will have the opportunity to share their documents.

Use Constitute to compare and contrast Constitutions from around the world!

Register here.

Join artist, educator, and tour guide Rich Garr for a walk around the neighborhood to explore the hidden art along the Gowanus Canal.

The walk will begin in Carroll Gardens at Brooklyn Habitat, 405 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

Learn more about Rich, his work, and sign up for his programs here.


Take a tour of the gardens focused on our medicinal plants!

Learn how they were used in the Revolutionary era to treat wounds and illnesses, and get soothing tea blend made with our herbs to take home.

Led by Danielle Moore, herbalist with Herbal Underground NYC and Sam Lewis, OSH Director of Gardens.

Get your ticket here.


Presented by The Pratt Library in Baltimore, Maryland State Archives and Maryland 400.

Owen Lourie is a historian at the Maryland State Archives, where he joined the staff in 2003. He has conducted and supervised research on a wide array of topics relating to Maryland history, specializing in the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Federal eras, as well as the operations and members of the state’s government. Since 2013, he has been the project director of Finding the Maryland 400, a collaboration with the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, studying the soldiers who saved the Continental Army at the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.

This talk chronicles the Maryland 400, the soldiers from Maryland who saved George Washington’s army at the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776. It describes their actions, including their famous last stand against the British. It also follows the lives of some to the soldiers after the war, including a number from Baltimore. For more information about the project, see

Tune in here!


Join artist, educator, and tour guide Rich Garr for a bike tour focusing on the sites of the Battle of Brooklyn, fought in August 1776.

Meet at the Old Stone House and ride to Brooklyn Bridge Park, please wear your mask.


Get your ticket here. Limited to 12 riders so reserve soon!

Tickets do not include bike rental.

Join the Human Impacts Institute and Old Stone House for this FREE, youth-led conversation about health, justice, and creative communities.

Learn from NYC visionaries in policy, health, and education on how we can keep our families safe and healthy, while leading the way for an equitable and fair “new normal”.

All ages are welcome. NYC-based attendees will receive a voucher for FREE water and soil testing from the Human Impacts Institute (quantities are limited).

Click here to register for free.

Special guests include:

Lubna Ahmed is the Director of Environmental Health at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. She is passionate about working at the community level to build capacity and advance the sustainable well-being of under-resourced populations.

Kizzy Charles-Guzmán is the Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, leading efforts to ensure that our neighborhoods, community-based organizations, workforce, and small businesses are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change.

Diane Exavier is a writer, theatermaker, and educator who creates performances, public programs, and games that invite audiences to participate in a theater that rejects passive reception. With a point of departure located in Caribbean Diaspora, Diane explores what she calls the 4L’s: love, loss, legacy, and land.

(Facilitator) Ajani Stella is a 13-year-old is a climate activist and founding member of the Human Impacts Institute’s Youth Advisory Council. He has spoken to the Teacher’s Pension Fund Board of Directors with, urging them to divest their funds from fossil fuels; has been interviewed at the Ethical Culture Society; and was a featured youth activist on the French and German television program ARTE.

This program corresponds with the opening of Brooklyn Utopias: 2020, our exhibition and online project exploring artists’ visions for a more ideal Brooklyn, featuring the work of Diane Exavier and others.

Funding for this event was provided from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.