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January 2013

MLK Lincoln Landmarks
EXHIBITIONS
The Dream Continues: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Murals
FILM SPECIAL
See Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, followed by discussion
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Titans of Architecture Discuss New York Landmarks
John Rogers Dine Liberty the Dog
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Rogers & Rockwell: The Original Pop Artists
DINE
Caffè Storico offers $10 glasses of wine before programs
FAMILY SUPPORT
Join Us for our first Family Benefit: Passport Through American History
NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Friends,
Has a chapter of history ever opened with such a diversity of views as happened in New York City at the start of World War II? Our 2012-2013 major history show on WWII & NYC calls it “The War of Opinions,” demonstrating the intense engagement of many New Yorkers in the war abroad as well as their national influence, with objects including the 1939 Medals of Dishonor by the sculptor David Smith, the first issue of the Nazi-fighter Captain America comic book, photographs of the Nazi Bund rallies at Madison Square Garden, and materials about “Bundles for Britain.”

At this early stage there was no consensus for US involvement and no agreement on which of the combatants to support, so our wall of art, photos, posters, and leaflets conveys a cacophony of opinion, showing the range of rescue and relief efforts, fascist and anti-fascist organizations, and interventionist and non-interventionist groups that all operated in New York City and vied for public attention...
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JUST ANNOUNCED
Special Screening of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, plus discussion
Public programs Lincoln Screening with guests Tony Kushner and Harold Holzer
TUESDAY, JAN 29, 6:30 PM
A screening of Steven Spielberg's monumental film Lincoln, followed by a conversation with screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Join us for an evening commemorating President Lincoln and those who led the courageous fight to pass the Thirteenth Amendment.
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PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Discover American History with exclusive Talks and Discussions!
Public programs An Evening with Robert A. M. Stern and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
TUESDAY, JAN 15, 6:30 PM
Two titans in the world of architecture and preservation sit down for a talk in conjunction with the exhibition The Landmarks of New York and discuss how architects can honor the past without neglecting the future.
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Lincoln and Emancipation
THURSDAY, JAN 17, 6:30 PM
Three historians consider Lincoln's most dramatic legacy, the Emancipation Proclamation. The seminal document has been used by those who wish to hail him as the Great Emancipator and by those who wish to pillory him because they consider his once radical effort at emancipation insufficient.
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Invisible Armies: Guerrilla Warfare
TUESDAY, JAN 22, 6:30 PM
Max Boot crafts a complete global history of guerrilla uprisings, guiding us from Alexander the Great to the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire, up through the the French-Indochina War and to the post-9/11 battlefields of today.
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Antislavery: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
THURSDAY, JAN 24, 6:30 PM
An expert panel reflects on the pioneering writers and thinkers, from the eighteenth century through Emancipation, who challenged social norms and whose revolutionary ideas helped overthrow a poisonous national institution.
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Rogers and Rockwell: The Original Pop Artists
THURSDAY, JAN 31, 6:30 PM
In conjunction with the current exhibit, John Rogers: American Stories, three experts compare Rogers with Norman Rockwell, another titan of popular art, and other popular artists including Andy Warhol. Why was their work so resonant with the public?
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SUPPORT
Take a trip with a Passport Through American History
Membership Family Benefit Party
SATURDAY, JAN 26
Join us for our first ever family party! Take a journey through America's history as seen through the lens of New York. Families will collect passport stamps as they travel through time! Proceeds will help us continue to provide an interactive, entertaining experience for children and families as young visitors learn by making discoveries about New Yorkers who shaped the nation.
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FAMILY PROGRAMS
Programs for the whole family to enjoy together!
Family programs At the Kids Table: How the Kitchen Has Changed
SATURDAY, JAN 12, 2 PM
Go on a family scavenger hunt in the New-York Historical Society to uncover the kitchens of the past, then cook together. We'll make cinnamon toast from SCRATCH — everything from grinding the sugar to making butter by hand!
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Happy 307th Birthday, Benjamin Franklin
SUNDAY, JAN 13, 1 PM
Celebrate one of America's Founding Fathers! See up close and hear the beautiful and rare sounds of a glass harmonica — one of the many inventions by Ben Franklin! Or decorate your own Ben Franklin proverb plate to take home. Don't forget to have some cake!
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation with author Tonya Bolden
MONDAY, JAN 21, 1 PM
Hear Tonya read from her new children's book Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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EXHIBITIONS
Emancipation, MLK Special, Holiday Express extended, & more
Exhibitions Abolishing Slavery: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
OPENS TUESDAY, JAN 1
Going into effect on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was a major step towards the abolition of slavery and helped renew the nation's founding philosophy of human liberty. 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 Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara
OPENS FRIDAY, JAN 18
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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Exhibitions
Holiday Express: Toys and Trains
from the Jerni Collection

EXTENDED UNTIL JAN 27
Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels — all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress — will be on view this holiday season at in the first museum exhibition from the renowned Jerni Collection.
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John Rogers: American Stories
UNTIL FEB 18
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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Nature and the American Vision:
The Hudson River School

UNTIL FEB 21
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 once again on display after a national tour.
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WWII & NYC
UNTIL MAY 27
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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WWII AND ITS LEGACY IN FILM
A selection of classic films with special guests
Entrance to films is included with Museum Admission during “Pay-as-you-wish” Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations: first-come, first-seated.
Films The Search (1948)
FRIDAY, JAN 11, 7 PM
Actress Lee Grant is joined by Susan Lacy to discuss Montgomery Clift and his groundbreaking and profoundly moving portrayal of a U.S. Army engineer in postwar Europe, as he forms a bond with a young boy who was torn away from his mother during World War II.
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On the Town (1949)
FRIDAY, JAN 18, 7 PM
Join us for a screening of this classic musical, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as sailors enjoying 24 hours of shore leave in New York City before facing an uncertain future at sea. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Stanley Donen will no longer be able to attend this event.
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I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
FRIDAY, JAN 25, 7 PM
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, in conversation with Richard Brody, presents one of his favorite films, a zany comedy set in postwar Germany about a French officer who soon discovers that moving to America with his new wife won't be as simple as they thought.
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MUSEUM STORE
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Museum Store John Rogers: American Stories
EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
John Rogers meticulously rendered sculpture, and conveyed how Americans saw themselves in the nineteenth century, providing twenty-first century Americans a vivid insight into our history, attitudes and aspirations. Today's world may seem quite distant from that time, but we can take pleasure in his art and learn from his stories. John Rogers: American Stories is generously illustrated with eleven essays, and brings Rogers's work to life for a new generation of admirers.
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OFFER FROM A FRIEND
Jazz at Lincoln Center
JALC

Birth of the Cool Festival
JAN 18-19
Join Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Bill Charlap, Mary Stallings, Frank Wess, Aaron Diehl, Jonathan Batiste, and others to celebrate the music of the 'cool' school of jazz. Featuring the music, compositions and arrangements of Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, and Lester Young, among others. New-York Historical Society subscribers can save 25% by using promo code Jazz25 when you order online, via phone at 212-721-6500 or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office.
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DINE
Special offer for evening lectures and conversations
Caffe Storico Caffè Storico
STEPHEN STARR BRINGS CASUAL ELEGANCE
When you pre-order your ticket for a public program, 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 a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption.
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