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February 2012

Public Programs Exhibitions Kids + History

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The Battle for Civil Rights


Take a Closer Look at the 13th Amendment


Fun for Families at the DiMenna Children's History Museum

Dine Museum Store Support


Caffè Storico Now Open

Museum Store

Share Some Knowledge


American Musicals Project Annual Gala Benefit  

Letter from Louise Mirrer

Dear Friends,

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and Black History Month, we will display a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution—the measure that abolished slavery—signed by Lincoln himself. The document, which was recently acquired by David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group, will be on view in our Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. The document was unveiled today at a ceremony where students heard from David Rubenstein why he considers the Thirteenth Amendment one of the two most important additions to the Constitution. I hope you will take advantage of this rare chance to see this Amendment in person.


Louise Mirrer

Public Programs

The Battle for Civil Rights

Public Programs

To purchase tickets to public programs, please call (212) 485-9268 or visit nyhistory.org/programs

The Battle for Civil Rights
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm
David Levering Lewis, Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
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Will China Take Over the World?
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm
Sebastian Mallaby, Steven Rattner, Byron R. Wien (moderator)
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Visit our website to order tickets to upcoming Spring public programs, including biographer Walter Isaacson’s lecture on Steve Jobs.

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Take a Closer Look at the 13th Amendment


The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution
Through April 1, 2012
Original document signed by President Abraham Lincoln, February 1, 1865
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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 Israel and the Resilient City
Treasures of Shearith Israel 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!Also, don’t miss our Presidents’ Vacation Week History Days, February 18-26.


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, showcasing his distinctive and earthy classical Italian cooking style. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on Sundays. 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 nineteenth century Victorian past.


Go Behind the Scenes


Have you recently visited the New-York Historical Society Museum? Please take a moment to review us on TripAdvisor!

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.


Share Some Knowledge


Knowledge Cards

Celebrate Black History Month by giving the gift of knowledge. With 48 fact-filled cards per package, knowledge cards are a great source of condensed information. Learn about the American abolitionists, the Civil Rights movement, and discover memorable quotes from African Americans sure to provide fuel for the spirit and imagination.


Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

Supplement your visit to Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon by watching American Experience: Freedom Riders (Tuesday, February 7, 8 pm), which profiles civil rights activists on THIRTEEN. Other Black History Month specials on Thirteen include American Masters: Cab Calloway: Sketches (Sunday, February 26, 8 pm), which profiles the jazz, swing, and Cotton Club legend. Visit thirteen.org/blackhistorymonth/ for a full programming line-up.

Visitor Information


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Phone (212) 873-3400
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Museum and store hours

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

Open Presidents Day -
Monday, February 20, 2012


The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is open:
Tuesday-Friday - 9am - 3pm
Saturday - 10am - 1pm

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