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ReImagine Lefferts

Lefferts Historic House is an 18th-century Flatbush farmhouse and New York City landmark, jointly operated by Prospect Park Alliance and the Historic House Trust. The farmhouse was originally located just blocks from the park (563 Flatbush Avenue near Maple Street) and moved to Prospect Park in 1918.

In 2021, the Alliance launched ReImagine Lefferts, an initiative to re-envision the mission and programming of the museum to focus on exploring the lives, resistance and resilience of the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking, whose unceded ancestral lands the park and house rests upon, and the Africans enslaved by the Lefferts family. By focusing on stories of resistance, resilience, empowerment and joy, while also recognizing the legacies of dispossession, enslavement and oppression, the Alliance seeks to create a safe space for engaging with our collective past as well as contemporary issues affecting our communities today. View the new interpretive plan for the museum developed by the Alliance in partnership with Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

As part of ReImagine Lefferts, the Alliance has been conducting new research and developing new partnerships to inform new indoor and outdoor exhibits, hands-on experiences, cultural performances and imaginative programs designed to offer visitors inspirational stories of everyday heroism. To accomplish this work, the Alliance has been working with descendant and neighboring communities, culture bearers, scholars, artists, civic leaders and museum professionals to develop and pilot innovative new ways to engage with this important history for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

ReImagine Lefferts is funded through a Humanities in Place grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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Lefferts Historic House
Lefferts Historic House is an 18th-century Flatbush farmhouse and New York City landmark, jointly operated by Prospect Park Alliance and the Historic House Trust. The farmhouse was originally located just blocks from the park (563 Flatbush Avenue near Maple Street) and moved to its current site in 1918. The museum features a working garden, historic artifacts, and indoor and outdoor exhibits. Through hands-on experiences, cultural performances and imaginative play, visitors explore stories of resistance and resilience by the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking and Africans enslaved by the Lefferts and their relevance to diverse communities today.

Hours

Visit the Lefferts Historic House on the below dates + public school holidays except Thanksgiving.

June – September

Thursdays – Sundays: 12 pm to 5 pm

October – December 1

Saturdays + Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm

View the ReImagine Lefferts Brochure

Learn more about Prospect Park Alliance’s ReImagine Lefferts Initiative.

View the Interpretive Plan

View the interpretive plan for the Lefferts Historic House museum.

Lefferts Historic House

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