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January 2012

Public Programs Exhibitions Kids + History

public programs

Will China Take
Over the World?


Revolution in New York and Around the World


Fun for Families at the DiMenna Children's History Museum

Dine Museum Store Support


Caffè Storico Now Open

Museum Store

Celebrate Haitian Artistry


American Musicals Project Annual Gala Benefit  

Letter from Louise Mirrer

Dear Friends,

It is difficult to be anything but amazed at the astonishing evolution of our venerable institution, from the time a small group of historically-minded citizens gathered at New York’s old City Hall on November 20, 1804 to found the city’s first cultural institution to the moment of our grand re-opening on November 11, 2011, when we reintroduced ourselves to the public as New York’s destination for American history and art.

Our great New-York Historical Society has grown in importance and usefulness over these more than two hundred years, with hundreds of thousands of annual exhibition visitors, researchers, scholars, students and teachers, and an abundance of riches for our public programs devotees. As we move forward into a future filled with ever-greater promise, it is gratifying to reflect on the excitement that our rebirth has generated.

With all the best wishes to you and your families,

Louise Mirrer

Public Programs

Will China Take Over the World?

Public Programs

To purchase tickets to public programs, please call (212) 485-9268 or visit nyhistory.org/programs. Programs and gallery tours $24 (Members $12) unless otherwise noted.

The Money Trust
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 pm
James Grant, Paul Gigot, Richard Sylla (moderator)
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Heart of Haiti: Music and Spoken Word
Friday, January 20, 7:30 pm, Free
Tiga Jean-Baptiste & Tchaka, Millery Polyné, Gina Athena Ulysse
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The Age of Revolution: A Whole History (Symposium)
Saturday, January 21, 9 am, $48 (members $24)
Louise Mirrer, Richard Rabinowitz, Ted Widmer, Laurent Dubois, Jeremy D. Popkin, Patrick Tardieu, Julia Gaffield, J. Michael Dash, Vincent Brown, Cathy Matson, Ashli White, Ira Berlin, Jeremy Adelman, David Armitage, Thomas Bender
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Homes of Early New York: Birth of an American Style
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 pm
Barry Lewis
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Sherman and the North Advance
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 pm
James M. McPherson, John F. Marszalek, Harold Holzer (moderator)
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Women and the White House, Part II
Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm
Kati Marton, Cokie Roberts, Gil Troy, Lesley Stahl
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The Battle for Civil Rights
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm
David Levering Lewis, Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Will China Take Over the World?
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm
Sebastian Mallaby, Steven Rattner, Byron R. Wien
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Revolution in New York and Around the World


New York Rising
Out of the ashes of British occupation, New York emerged as the first capital of the United States. Discover New York’s critical contribution to America’s founding in our all-new Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.
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Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
Through April 15, 2012
Come see the only surviving first printing of the Haitian Declaration of Independence and the original Stamp Act, outside the UK for the first time. When news of the Stamp Act came to New York in 1765, it sparked a revolution!
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Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
Through September 9, 2012
This revelatory art exhibition provides new perspectives on American art from roughly 1825 to 1870, a time when citizens were defining what it meant to be “American.”
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Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon
Through April 29, 2012
Platon's powerful, searing images of the African-American struggle for civil rights are exhibited with a special introduction by Julian Bond.
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Treasures of Shearith Isreael and the Resilient City
Treasures of Shearith Isreael and the Resilient City feature rare and centuries-old liturgical objects, manuscripts, maps and other historic artifacts—including a Torah scroll rescued from destruction by British soldiers during the American Revolution.
Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women
Between 1889 and 1903, socialite Peter Marié commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty, vividly documenting New York’s Gilded Age aristocracy.
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Urban Views: American Cities 1717-1986
Through April 22, 2012
Explore grandiose American cityscapes captured in large maps, prints and photographs from the New-York Historical Society’s collections.
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Kids + History

Visit the DiMenna Children's History Museum

Kids + History

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is the first museum dedicated to bringing American history to life through the eyes of children.

Plan your family’s visit today and join us for scavenger hunts, story hours, re-enactments and more!


Caffè Storico Now Open


Caffè Storico, Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant, has opened in the New-York Historical Society. The Venetian cicchetteria serves Italian small plates (cicchetti), along with an array of artisanal hand-made pastas, classic secondi such as roasted sea bass and dry-aged steaks, Italian desserts, and an all-Italian wine list, with nearly half the selection available by the glass. Award-winning chef Jim Burke, formerly of James in Philadelphia, helms the kitchen, where he brings his distinctive and earthy classical Italian cooking style. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. Caffè Storico’s menu offers something for everyone – both museum visitors and guests alike – whether it’s a light midday bite, a late lunch of panini and fresh salads, or a leisurely dinner. Designed by SLDesign, the restaurant features white artisan-crafted 15-foot-high display cases that surround the restaurant and exhibit china curated from the museum’s collection, evoking the charm of the museum’s 19th century Victorian past.


Go Behind the Scenes


Go behind the scenes and find out what historians are reading, discover the richness and diversity of our library’s collections, explore the history of sports in the metropolitan New York area and more on the New-York Historical Society’s blogs.



The American Musicals Project Annual Gala Benefit


Monday, March 26, 2012

Join us for our fourteenth annual gala concert, Making History with American Music, featuring Broadway entertainment and an elegant dinner by Stephen Starr Events – all in support of the American Musicals Project (AMP). An innovative education program, AMP utilizes video clips from American musical theater and primary source materials from New-York Historical’s renowned collection to engage young learners in the study of history. Your support will help bring history to life through exciting hands-on workshops for students and teachers and will enable the continued development of this unique approach to teaching our future citizens the lessons of our past.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, please contact us at amp@nyhistory.org or (212) 485-9217.


Celebrate Haitian Artistry


Papier-mâché Rooster

The New-York Historical Society Museum Store has chosen to feature the works of Haitian artisans during the exhibition, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. We are honoring the struggles faced by participants in the 1791-1803 Haitian Revolution by highlighting the talents of their living descendants, and, at the same time, helping them to earn a living during their ongoing struggles in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

Special Offer

The Radical Camera at The Jewish Museum

Special Offer

Present a copy of this e-mail to save $3 on admission to The Jewish Museum’s current exhibition! The Photo League included some of the most noted photographers of the day such as Weegee, Paul Strand, Lisette Model and Berenice Abbott. They hit the streets like no photographers had done before and captured images of ordinary life in early to mid twentieth century New York City. Artful street photography was born here. Now you can see their work all in one place; nearly 150 original black and white photographs are on view at The Jewish Museum through March 25, 2012.



Treasures of New York


To celebrate the reopening of our space, New-York Historical Society President and CEO Louise Mirrer and WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro hosted the premiere of the WNET film Treasures of New York: The New-York Historical Society on Wednesday, December 14th.  Visit THIRTEEN’s website, www.thirteen.org, to learn more and to sign up for WNET’s weekly eNewsletters.

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