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November 2012

John Rogers The Clock Public programs
John Rogers:
American Stories


The Clock (1945) with Adam Gopnik and Richard Brody


The Coming of World War II with John Maurer and Dominic Tierney

Jerni Trains Victory Belles Home Decor

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection


The Victory Belles Perform Nov. 24 at 12 & 3 PM


Table Decor for the Holidays


Dear Friends,

Sometimes a rare and famous object opens your eyes to the way the world can change. Sometimes, you see the change when you look at a cheap package of candy. That's part of the surprise of visiting the New-York Historical Society, where last year, in an exhibition about political revolutions, we displayed the original Stamp Act — the law that set off the Boston Tea Party — and where this year, as part of our show about New York City's role in World War II, we are exhibiting a tube of M&M'S®.

What do M&M'S® have to do with the war? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

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EXHIBITIONS Explore WWII & NYC, New Exhibition Openings!
Public Programs John Rogers
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.
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Holiday Express
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 the New-York Historical Society, in the first museum exhibition of selections from the renowned Jerni Collection.
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THROUGH MAY 27, 2013
The exhibition covers a range of history: from the mobilization of workers to the frenzy of shipbuilding, from the home front arts and entertainment industry to the dispatch of troops to the European theater, from the struggles over Civil Rights and segregation to the Times Square celebration of V-J Day.
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The 2012/2013 Season of Public Programs Continues
Exhibitions The Coming of World War II
SATURDAY, NOV 3, 9 AM - 12:15 PM
Join us for two engaging talks with John Maurer and Dominic Tierney that examine the role of the United States in the years leading up to the Second World War. Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
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Eisenhower in War and Peace
TUESDAY, NOV 13, 6:30 PM
Jean Edward Smith, in conversation with Richard Haass, presents a fresh, modern perspective on one of the most riveting figures of the twentieth century: Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
TUESDAY, NOV 27, 6:30 PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum, in conversation with Jacob Weisberg, discusses the lost civilization of the Soviet bloc, its cruelty, paranoia, and broken-down morality.
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Joseph P. Kennedy and World War II
Focusing on Joseph P. Kennedy's experiences during World War II, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life one of the nation's legendary patriarchs.
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FILM SERIES A Selection of Classic WWII Films With Special Guests
Film Series Inaugural Film Series
2012/2013 SEASON
Join us for the New-York Historical Society's Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series: World War II and Its Legacy in Film, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with the exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.
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The Clock (1945)
New Yorker writers Adam Gopnik and Richard Brody set the scene for this film about a young soldier on 48-hour leave in New York City who finds an unlikely romance amid the turbulence and upheaval of the time. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Judy Garland, Robert Walker, and James Gleason.
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
Michael Korda introduces this film, produced by Alexander Korda, about six British airmen downed over the German-occupied Netherlands and the brave Dutch citizens who risk their lives to protect them. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, and Bernard Miles.
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FAMILY PROGRAMS Programs for the Whole Family to Enjoy
Store Special Living History Weekends
NOV 10, 11, 23, 24, 25
History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Who were the brave men and women who helped ensure the Allies' victory in World War II? Join us on Veterans Day weekend, November 10-11, and Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-25, and engage with our visiting re-enactors honoring the Allied troops who fought courageously during the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.
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Presenting the National WWII Museum's Victory Belles
SATURDAY, NOV 24, 12 noon & 3 PM
In the spirit of the meaningful U.S.O. performances that touched countless lives during World War II, the National WWII Museum's Victory Belles present two exciting sets of song and dance in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Join us in saluting the heroes of World War II with an afternoon of music and fun!
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“Reading Into History”
Book Club Wraps

SUNDAYS, NOV 4 & DEC 2, 3:30 PM
This Sunday meet the author Neela Vaswani and discuss Same Sun Here. Then it's time to start reading our next book The King of Mulbery Street and prepare for the next Book Wrap on December 2.
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MUSEUM STORE Shopping for the Holidays
Store Entertain with Ease
Set your table with our place mats and kitchen papers that provide inspired period grace and contemporary convenience. Made in USA of 30% recycled paper stock, your holiday can be thankfully less harried as you entertain with the panache of a New Yorker.

20% Member double discount days this month are:
Friday, November 2nd
Wednesday, November 21st
Friday, November 23rd
Valid in store only, not available online.
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DINE Special Offer for Evening Lectures and Conversations
Caffe Storico Caffè Storico
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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OFFER FROM A FRIEND Save on Broadway's War Horse, through Jan. 6 only!
Special Offer War Horse
WAR HORSE is the inspirational Broadway hit that tells the story of a brave boy and his journey to reunite with his beloved horse. Winner of five 2011 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY, WAR HORSE is a breathtaking live experience for spectacle lovers young and old, and an uplifting reminder of the unbreakable bonds of friendship. New-York Historical Society e-news subscribers can purchase tickets for as low as $79.
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BEHIND THE SCENES History on your Google Streetview with Historypin
Behind the Scenes Ever wonder what your neighborhood looked like 200 years ago?
Historypin is here to help. The New-York Historical Society's Summer 2012 Teen Leaders created a channel for our organization, with over 80 photographs featuring Central Park, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Governors Island, and even the New-York Historical Society itself. You can see the historic photograph up against the current view of that particular location, for a side-by-side comparison.
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Visitor Information

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th St)
New York, NY 10024

Phone (212) 873-3400
TTY (212) 873-7489


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

Closed Tuesday, November 6
Closed Thursday, November 15


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

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