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November 2011

Grand Reopening Public Programs Dine

Grand Reopening

Join us on
Opening Day

Public Programs

Can speaking your
mind change history?

Dine

Caffè Storico Opens
This Month

Special Exhibitions Membership Kids + History

Special Exhibitions

Revolution!, Iconic American Art and More

Membership

Join & enjoy discounts
at the Museum Store

Kids + History

DiMenna Children's History Museum Opens Nov. 11

Dear Friends,

We invite you to JOIN OUR REVOLUTION! as we reopen the doors of our landmark building on Central Park West with brand-new exhibitions; the beautifully renovated Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, in which the story of New York's critical contribution to the founding of our nation is told through a wonderful new permanent installation; our new DiMenna Children's History Museum and Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library, which promises serious fun for children and families; our spectacularly-renovated Robert H. Smith Auditorium, which will become home to the acclaimed Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series; and our new multimedia orientation film, New York Story, narrated by New York’s own Liev Schreiber. For our November 16 program featuring biographer Susan Hertog and her new book on Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson there will be a special tasting from Caffè Storico, a new fine-dining restaurant by Stephen Starr. Our revolution begins on November 11. We thank NYC Media for celebrating and partnering with us in a countdown to our reopening with NYC Facts featuring the staff of the New-York Historical Society answering captivating questions about the city’s fascinating and unique history now and which are now airing on Taxi TV. Don’t miss the stunning window at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th streets, which celebrates our reopening with 35 portraits reproduced from our collection, on view for the next two weeks. We look forward to seeing you on November 11 at one of our many celebratory opening day activities. Tune in to Jeopardy! on Monday, Nov. 7 and celebrate our revolution by testing your knowledge of American history.



Sincerely,


Louise Mirrer
President and CEO

Grand Reopening

Join us on Opening Day

Grand Reopening

November 11, 11 am - 11 pm
Join us as we celebrate the reopening with a special dedication of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at 11 am followed by fun activities for all from Potty Talk to Classic Games to Scavenger Hunts and a Quiz Show. End the day with a Champagne toast. On November 11, museum admission is free for Children, Veterans and Active Military all day.

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Public Programs

Can speaking your mind change history?

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.

Until November 11, The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series presented at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West:

 
American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era
Thursday, November 3, 6:30 pm
David W. Blight, Drew Gilpin Faust
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New York on the Cusp: The City When Carnegie Hall Debuted
Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm
Barry Lewis
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Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson
Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 pm
Susan Hertog
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American and Haitian Revolutions and the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm
David Brion Davis, Peter P. Hinks, Richard J. M. Blackett, David W. Blight
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The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States
Tuesday, November 29, 6:30 pm
Gordon S. Wood, Richard Brookhiser
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SPECIAL PROGRAM:
A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia
Special talk & breakfast @ the '21' Club!

Monday, November 28, 8 am
Aaron L. Friedberg
Tickets: $65 (Members $55)
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GALLERY TOUR:
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn

Monday, November 21, 11 am
Valerie Paley
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GALLERY TOUR:
Making American Taste

Monday, November 28, 11 am
Linda S. Ferber
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New Destination Film and Exhibition

Experience New York Story

New Destination Film and Exhibition

See New York rise from a remote outpost to a city at the center of the world in New York Story, our new multimedia film experience, and in our all-new Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.

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Kids + History

DiMenna Children's History Museum Opens Nov. 11

Kids + History

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

Special Exhibitions

Revolution!, Iconic American Art and More

Special Exhibitions

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
November 11, 2011 – April 15, 2012
A landmark exploration of the American, French and Haitian struggles as a single 18th-century global narrative, chronicling the rise of the human rights movement. Come see the only surviving copy 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
November 11, 2011 – April 1, 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
November 11, 2011 – April 15, 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
Opening November 11, 2011
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.
A New York Hannukah
November 25, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Featuring a Hanukkah lamp made in 1999 by New York City silversmith Bernard Bernstein in his Bronx, New York workshop.
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It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus
November 25, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Is Santa Claus really a native New Yorker? Find out in this holiday installation.
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Dine

Caffè Storico Opens This Month

Dine

This month, acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, of Buddakan and Morimoto fame, brings casual elegance to the New-York Historical Society with the opening of Caffè Storico – (Italian for “historic”). The restaurant features dishes inspired by classic Italian cicchetti, or small plates, as well as handmade artisanal pastas. Award-winning chef, Jim Burke, brings an approachable, refined style to the Venetian menu with a deep sense of authentic Italian cuisine developed during his time in Italy. An all-Italian wine list with over 50 labels, 20 of which are available by the glass, accompanies a full bar. The 74-seat dining destination, located in the newly renovated iconic Central Park West institution, will be open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as for Sunday brunch. Caffè Storico will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11am-10pm and on Fridays & Saturdays from 11am-11pm.

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Membership

Join & enjoy discounts at the Museum Store

Membership

Join as a New-York Historical Society member and celebrate with us on our reopening day with a member's lounge and double discounts in the Museum Store!

Membership entitles you to exclusive benefits throughout our Museum & Library and our new DiMenna Children's History Museum, including: free admission to all exhibitions, half-price tickets to public programs, a 10 percent discount at our Museum Store and new restaurant Caffè Storico, invitations to members-only events, and membership in the Empire State Reciprocal Program.

You can enjoy all the benefits of New-York Historical Society membership for as little as $60. For more information or to join or renew today, just click here.

Visitor Information

Address

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th St)
New York, NY 10024

Phone (212) 873-3400
TTY (212) 873-7489

Museum and store hours

Through November 10:
Tuesday-Saturday - 10am - 6pm
Sunday - 11am - 5pm
Monday - CLOSED

Starting November 11:
Tuesday-Thursday - 10am - 6pm
Friday - 10am - 8pm
Saturday - 10am - 6pm
Sunday - 11am - 5pm

Library

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is open by appointment through November 10, 2011. After November 11, the Library will be open:
Tuesday-Friday - 9am - 3pm
Saturday - 10am - 1pm

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