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December 2011

Special Exhibitions Public Programs Support

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

The Invention of
Santa Claus

Public Programs

Civil War at Sea
 

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Gift Today

Kids + History Special Exhibitions Museum Store

Kids + History

DiMenna Children's History Museum
Now Open

Special Exhibitions

Revolution!, Iconic American Art and More
 

Museum Store

Holiday Gifts
 
 

Letter from Louise Mirrer

Dear Friends,

We are celebrating the winter season with a subject closely tied to the history of the New-York Historical Society—Santa. I invite you to watch Jean Ashton discuss the invention of the modern image of Santa Claus in a video excerpt of The Santa Files with John Sergant by Fine Stripe Productions.

Though legend has it that Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, he was actually a New Yorker who came into the world on West 23rd Street in what is now the trendy Chelsea neighborhood…

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Public Programs

Civil War at Sea

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.

 
Civilization: The West and the Rest
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 pm
Niall Ferguson
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Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn Gallery Tour
Monday, December 12, 11 am
Valerie Paley
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Civil War at Sea
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 pm
James M. McPherson, Craig L. Symonds, Harold Holzer (moderator)
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Making American Taste Gallery Tour
Monday, December 19, 11 am
Linda Ferber
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Special Exhibitions

Revolution!, Iconic American Art and More

Special Exhibitions

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
November 11, 2011 – April 15, 2012
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
Ongoing
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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New Destination Film and Exhibition

New York Story

New Destination Film and Exhibition

Watch New York rise from a remote outpost to a city at the center of the world in New York Story, our new panoramic film experience, shown in our all-new Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

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Kids + History

DiMenna Children's History Museum Now Open

Kids + History

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

Join us during winter break for fun activitities for the whole family.

Support

Make Your Year-End Gift Today

Support

The reviews are in and the new New-York Historical Society is a hit! Critics and visitors alike are thrilled with our reintroduction as New York’s destination for American history and art. But the real work begins now. Please help us with a gift to our annual fund so that we can continue to Make History Matter with our unique collections and education programs serving 200,000 New York City public school students each year.

Your gift will help us tell the American story through path-breaking exhibitions, installations and a brand new multi-media film experience. With a gift of $250 or more we offer a guided tour for you and a guest of our powerful new exhibition Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn, which explores three revolutions—Haitian, French and American—that define the way we think about freedom and human rights today. For more information or to make your gift, visit nyhistory.org/support or call (212) 485-9288.

MUSEUM STORE

Holiday Gifts

Store

Find the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves history or New York at our Museum Store. Shopping for a New York City trivia lover? Grab a New-York Historical Society Questions Tote and its companion book When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green: And 101 Other Questions About New York City?. Looking for someone who appreciates design and elegance? Explore The City That Never Sleeps jewelry collection, including new Brooklyn Bridge-inspired cuff links and pendants. Need a fun and sugar-free stocking-stuffer for kids? Check out our new line of classic toys that are quality crafted here in the U.S.A.

 New-York Historical Society memberships make great gifts, too.

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