Sweet Industries

“Sugar Industries: Refining What We Know” at the Brooklyn Historical Society examines the commodity of sugar fueling Brooklyn’s growth for over 150 years. The exhibit focuses on the history of two companies: Domino Sugar and Drake’s Bakeries. The project was produced by Exhibition Laboratory (or “ExLab”), a highly successful annual museum studies after-school program featuring high school curators and led by the Education department at Brooklyn Historical Society.


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Role: Lead Scholar
Project Components: Physical Exhibit
Site: Brooklyn Historical Society
Date: June 2014 – May 2015
Description: Sugar has fueled Brooklyn’s economic growth for over 150 years. Sweet Industries reveals stories of this delicious commodity and its associated businesses with a focus on two companies: Domino Sugar Corporation and Drake’s Bakeries. The exhibit shares the experiences of generations of Brooklynites who dedicated their working lives to satisfying America’s sweet tooth. Sweet Industries was curated by nine Brooklyn teens who participated in “Ex Lab,” BHS’s annual museum studies afterschool program.

Collaborators: Todd Florio – ExLab Co-ordinator, Emily Potter-Ndiaye -Director of Education, Brooklyn Historical Society, & Daniel Schnur, Exhibit Designer
Review: A.C. Lee, “Domino Sugar, Brooklyn’s Sweet Story, Makes History,” New York Times, June 19, 2014, NY-1