The New England Society in the City of Brooklyn was first formed in 1847. Its purposes were to honor New England’s Pilgrim forebears, and to gather in fellowship the many Brooklyners who had emigrated from New England with the advent of America’s Industrial Revolution. Additional purposes were to foster and support the culture and social welfare of Brooklyn.
Today the Society has an active philanthropic program. We provide supplementary scholarships to Brooklyn high school graduates attending college in New England. And we recognize the excellence in the study of history by graduating seniors at public, private, and parochial high schools throughout Brooklyn.
We also have an active program to foster fellowship among members. In addition to our Annual Meeting in the spring, we have a Fall Harvest Dinner and a holiday reception for scholarship recipients and their families. We also organize tours of local institutions, such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Green-Wood Cemetery, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.