Exhibitions: Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864: Knickerbocker Hall

This lithograph is one of a set of five that were published in two closely related books about the fair. The image captures some of the spectacle of the events that went on daily in the Academy of Music's Knickerbocker Hall. Among the plentiful attractions at the fair were a Museum of Arts, Relics, and Curiosities; an art exhibition and sale; a grand ball, known as the Calico Ball; an ice-skating rink and fishing pond; and a daily newspaper called the Drum Beat (the first daily newspaper published for any contemporary fair). All of these and many other attractions were run by hundreds of volunteers.