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February 2013

Program Casablanca Technology
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See the film classic Casablanca
Technology: Innovations and Expanding Frontiers
Hudson River Family programs Store
Nature and the American Vision closes Feb. 21
“Presidents in Residence!” School Vacation Week
Romancing History for Valentine's Day
Dear Friends,
In 1913, The International Exhibition of Modern Art took place at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City — giving the exhibition its better known name, The Armory Show. It featured works by artists that most Americans had never heard of in 1913: Cèzanne, Matisse, Seurat, and Van Gogh to name a few. The exhibition changed the consciousness and cultural identity of New York and America forever, as people debated it profusely. Art patron Mabel Dodge wrote Gertrude Stein that it was “the most important public event... since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.” Now, 100 years after it opened, the New-York Historical Society has reassembled one hundred of the original works for The Armory Show at 100, opening October 2013, that will show this history-changing event in a once-in-a-lifetime light.
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Join us for these exciting discussions
Public programs Technology: Innovations and Expanding Frontiers
TUESDAY, FEB 12, 6:30 PM
Technology is developing at a breathtaking rate. It seems like every week some new innovation makes the “cutting edge” obsolete. In this program, Walter Isaacson and David E. Sanger explore our digital future, what new innovations will change the way we live, and how the rapid development of technology poses new threats to our security.
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Lincoln, Douglass, and the U.S. Colored Troops in Action
TUESDAY, FEB 19, 6:30 PM
Under the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation (on view through Feb. 18), the Union Army began recruiting so-called “colored” troops for the first time. This panel will explore the contributions, sacrifices, and challenges faced by the Union's extraordinary black fighting force, including the drama of Fort Wagner and the national shame of unequal pay.
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The King Years
TUESDAY, FEB 26, 6:30 PM
In 1955, on the first night of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an untested, 26-year-old Baptist pastor made an impromptu speech that catapulted him into the public consciousness as one of the faces of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Celebrated author Taylor Branch, in conversation with Bob Herbert, discusses the life and career of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the watershed moments in Civil Rights during King's time.
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See new exhibitions, catch some before they close
Exhibitions Keith Haring's Pop Shop Tokyo
In collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation a rotating display of Pop Shop Tokyo items and related materials is on view in the Henry Luce III Center. Items include an illuminated paper lantern hand-painted by Haring, store merchandise designed by Haring such as a paper fan, ceramic rice bowls, stickers and bags, buttons and cards, and videos of Tokyo interviews with Haring as well as behind the scenes footage of Pop Shop Tokyo's creation.
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Installed throughout all floors of the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition features more than 300 objects, including artifacts, paintings, maps, photographs, posters, film footage, music, radio broadcasts, and newly recorded eyewitness accounts that document the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history.
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John Rogers: American Stories
John Rogers was unquestionably the most popular sculptor of the nineteenth century and in his lifetime sold over 80,000 works, earning the epithet “the people's sculptor.” His works carried on a deeply rooted genre tradition and reached the public en masse, addressing issues that shaped their lives and defined the American experience. Watch video highlights of Roger's sculptures with curator Kim Orcutt and historian Harold Holzer.
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Abolishing Slavery: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
Rare documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection commemorate the 150th anniversary, and include an 1864 printing of the Emancipation Proclamation and a copy of the Thirteenth Amendment resolution, both bearing the signature of Abraham Lincoln.
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The Landmarks of New York
Explore historical structures chronicling the city's past from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments throughout the five boroughs have been designated as landmarks for protection.
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Nature and the American Vision:
The Hudson River School

Thomas Cole's five-part series The Course of Empire and more masterworks by artists such as John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, Asher B. Durand — that capture the beauty, power, and awe of America's landscapes — are on display after a national tour.
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Holiday Express: Toys and Trains
from the Jerni Collection
Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels — all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress — are on view in the first museum exhibition of the renowned Jerni Collection.
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The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara
Since the 1970s Camilo Vergara has been photographing and documenting hand-painted murals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they appeared on the walls of establishments such as car repair shops, barbershops, and fast food restaurants in city streets and alley ways. Mr. Vergara will donate all works in the exhibition to the New-York Historical Society.
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Camilo Vergara writes about his work >
A selection of classic films with introductions by special guests
Entrance to the film series is included with Museum admission during New-York Historical's Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).
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Casablanca (1942)
Author Kati Marton and New Yorker film critic David Denby team up to present one of the landmarks of American cinema: Casablanca, a romantic and political drama amid the dread of World War II. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and Conrad Veidt.
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The Third Man (1949)
Kati Marton and David Denby return to discuss this classic film noir masterpiece set in postwar Vienna. Directed by Carol Reed. Starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard.
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Special offer for evening lectures and conversations
Caffe Storico Caffè Storico
When you pre-order your ticket for select public programs, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program glass of wine at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by the restaurant prior to the event. Cannot be purchased at time of program; drink must be redeemed before program begins. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the à la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Availability is limited.
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Romancing History
Museum Store Great Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Win her heart on Valentine's day with sterling silver pendants inspired by the words of great statesmen and artists to their sweethearts. $59-$70

Members get a double discount of 20% off on Monday, February 18. Valid in store only, not available online.
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Programs for the whole family to enjoy together
Family programs Presidents in Residence!
FEB 16-19, 10AM - 6PM
Families explore, learn, and compete together in these presidential family programs. They will search for presidential clues on the whole-museum scavenger hunt; create an election slogan to print onto their own election button; and take part in the family Presidents' quiz at 2 pm, with questions for children, teens, and adults. Prizes for participation and for winning.
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The History of Chocolate
MONDAY, FEB 18, 12 - 4PM
Chocolate was not always sold as a candy bar! See, smell, and taste colonial hot chocolate — watch as American Heritage Chocolate® educators grind cocoa beans, add spices like red pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and heat up hot chocolate to taste. Don't forget to get your own to bring home!
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Writing Workshop
Spend your Presidents' Day holiday in a special workshop taking advantage of the incredible stories from the WWII era. In another wonderful collaboration between the New-York Historical Society and Writopia Lab, educators will lead age-based groups through this fascinating history, inspiring their short fiction, poetry and other forms of writing.
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Reading Into History Book Club
Read Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground in honor of African-American History Month and then come to the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library for this special event. Co-author and urban archaeologist Gary McGowan will join us! Family participants will discuss the book, ask the author questions, and see African American related objects from the collection.
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American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe at The Whitney
American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe showcases the Whitney's deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by eighteen leading artists: Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. Rotations of art and of artists will be made during the exhibition's yearlong duration.
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Don't miss American Legends artist Jacob Lawrence in WWII & NYC.

The new season is now available!
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There is much to pique your interest and provoke you to new thought and action in our Spring 2013 public program offerings — including evenings with Toni Morrison, General Stanley A. McChrystal, Joseph J. Ellis, Stacy Schiff, and our own Trustee and President Emeritus, Kenneth T. Jackson. Walter Isaacson, we are very glad to announce, will be back with us as part of the Harold and Ruth Newman “World Beyond Tomorrow” lecture, as will John F. Marszalek in conversation with Harold Holzer as part of the Carl Menges Lecture in American History.
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