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August 2012

Beer Here Declaration Smallpox

Beer Here: Brewing New York's History


The Declaration of Independence: The Stone Engraving



Harold Holzer Museum Store Book Club

Harold Holzer discusses Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation


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Book Club: Meet Harlem Summer author Walter Dean Myers


Don't miss these great exhibitions!


Beer Here: Brewing New York's History
Ends Sunday, September 2, 2012
A survey of the history of beer in New York, from the first tavern to the rise of breweries like Jacob Ruppert and Rheingold to the boom in microbrewing today. Along the way, learn how brewing was affected by the opening of the Erie Canal, prohibition, and immigration. Then stop at our Beer Hall for a cool glass of local brew!
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The Declaration of Independence: The Stone Engraving
Extended to October 8, 2012
Less than fifty years after the thirteen American colonies broke from Great Britain, the signed manuscript that declared independence was already fragile and becoming faded. In 1820, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, with the approval of Congress, commissioned William J. Stone to engrave a facsimile — an exact copy — of the decisive document.
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“Be Sure! Be Safe! Get Vaccinated!” Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York
Ends Sunday, September 2, 2012
Tracing the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the nation's largest city, the themes of this exhibition cover the history of vaccination, the conflict between managing disease and individual rights to resist government interference, the growing effectiveness of promoting public health initiatives, bio-terrorism, and the political and economic impact of epidemics.
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Summer Clearance Sale

NYHS Store

Sizzling discounts — up to 75% off!
Gather up the best of the season before the summer ends. In store only, offer not valid for online purchases.


Sample Local Brews, Learn About Local Breweries!

Beer Here: Brewing New York's History concludes with our own Beer Hall, run by Starr Restaurants' catering group Stephen STARR Events, featuring selections of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers. Beer hall hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 2 to 6pm, Friday from 2 to 8pm, Saturday from 2 to 6pm, and Sunday from 2 to 5pm. Saturdays feature special tastings — where visitors will not only get to taste some great local brews, but there will be hops, whole leaf flowers and other beer ingredients for people to touch, smell and experience! Tickets $35 (Members $20)

Public Programs

The Matt Brewing Company
Saturday, August 4, 2 and 4 pm
The Matt Brewing Company has earned the reputation as one of the most respected specialty brewers in the country, with Nick Matt and his nephew Fred continuing the tradition by brewing to the exacting standards established more than a century ago. The tasting features Saranac White IPA with Citra hops, orange peel & coriander, wheat malt and oats; Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger, a limited-edition batch brewed with lemon peel and ginger; Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale, brewed with real blueberry juice; Saranac Pale Ale; Lake Placid Ubu Ale; and Lake Placid Hefeweizen.
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Friday Tasting: Shmaltz Brewing Company
Friday, August 10, at 4 pm
Shmaltz Brewing Company was established in 1996 as a Chanukah experiment between Jeremy Cowan and friends, developing into HE'BREW Beer®, now available in over 25 states. In the summer of 2008 Cowan launched a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island Craft Lagers® brand. Last year Shmaltz Brewing opened Coney Island Brewing Company — the World's Smallest Brewery — in Coney Island. The tasting will feature Coney Island Lager, an alchemy of 8 malts, 6 hops, and Czech pilsner yeast; Mermaid Pilsner, brewed with four spicy hops and seven golden malts; Albino Python, the world's only White Lager; Sword Swallower, an IPA brewed with Lager Yeast, and Human Blockhead, floral and creamy with light hop bitterness.
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Keegan Ales
Saturday, August 18, at 2 and 4 pm
Keegan Ales, founded by Tommy Keegan, brewed its first batch of beers in early 2003, then went to competition at Hunter Mountain where it won the gold medal for Mother's Milk and were honored with the People's Choice: Best of Show for Old Capital, and in 2010, The New York Times declared Mother's Milk one of the top ten stouts in North America. The tasting will feature Mother's Milk, a dark and creamy milk stout with hints of oatmeal, chocolate and milk; Hurricane Kitty, a coppery and heavily hopped India Pale Ale; and Barley Wine.
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Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Saturday, August 25, at 2 and 4 pm
John Liegy and Rich Vandenburgh met in college and dreamed of opening a microbrewery. That dream became a reality in July of 2009 when the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company was founded. Today, Greenport's beer is served in over 200 places on Long Island and NYC.
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Harlem Summer author Walter Dean Myers at August Book Club

Family Programs

Reading into History
Wednesday, August 29, 4:30 - 6 pm
Have you ever wanted to have a relaxing summer but it didn't quite turn out that way? Well, your summer probably didn't get as crazy as 16-year-old Mark Purvis in the “humorous coming-of-age story” that “reflects the paradoxically playful yet dangerous atmosphere of the 1920s” (Publisher's Weekly).

This month's Book Club features Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers, beloved children's and young adult author who has won two Newberry Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Michael J. Printz Award. Mr. Myers will answer questions, read from the book, and hang out with the book club as they see artifacts in the collection. Harlem Summer is a great book for all our historians, especially our older ones. So start reading and thinking of what you want to ask the author! Email for more information.
Ages 9 and up.
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Bryant Park Reading Room: Word for Word Non-Fiction Series

In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of lectures on popular topics to stimulate your mind, including Civil War history, politics, biography, and the economy. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas (Rain venue will be The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen at 20 West 44th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues). This series is free: first come, first served.

Public Programs

Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory
Wednesday, August 1, at 7 pm*
In his new book, Emancipating Lincoln, “[Harold] Holzer uncovers a complex, imperfect man who was guided by practical considerations as he struggled to both preserve and perfect the Union” (Edna Greene Medford, Howard University). Join us for this lecture as Mr. Holzer examines the impact of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and how the interpretation of it has evolved over the past 150 years. *Program will be held at rain venue, details above.

The Obamas
Wednesday, August 8, at 7 pm
Author Jodi Kantor examines the relationship between Barack and Michelle Obama and offers the audience a multidimensional portrait of a couple grappling with leading the country, raising children, maintaining friendships and figuring out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.
The Candidate: What It Takes to Win — and Hold — the White House
Wednesday, August 15, at 7 pm
Drawing on a lifetime of presidential campaign experience, Samuel L. Popkin examines the surprising mistakes and the predictable miscues to reveal what goes on inside a campaign and what makes one candidate succeed while another fails.

Caffè Storico & Starr Events Summertime Culinary Offerings

Caffe Storico

Prix Fixe Dinners & Beer Here Catering
Special Offers
Celebrating a beloved summer tradition, Caffè Storico offers Shakespeare in the Park ticket holders through August 25th (excluding Mondays) a three-course menu for $28 per person from 5 to 6:30 pm. Also this month, you can host a private party in the New-York Historical Society's beer hall and have it catered with a Beer Here inspired menu including additional options like Smoked Bacon, Onion and Sauerkraut Fritters, Artisan German Sausages and Jägerschnitzel.
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