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March 2012

Public Programs Exhibitions Kids + History

public programs

The Draft Riots, The Fight for America, and more  


New exhibits, from Harlem to the Hudson River School  


Fun for Families at the DiMenna Children's History Museum

Dine Museum Store Support


Caffè Storico

Museum Store

Women's History Month


American Musicals Project Annual Gala Benefit  

Dear Friends,

Do you know a student who is interested in everything from street art to Mad Men? High school students have more opportunities than ever to learn and grow at the New-York Historical Society! We offer free classes like “The History of Hip Hop” or “Art and Activism in NYC: 1980s Style” combined with free SAT prep at our Saturday Academy. It's a wonderful way to meet like-minded kids, learn about interesting subjects and discover New York City at the same time.

For those students not available on Saturdays, how about our Sunday Scholars program? They'll spend their Sunday afternoons exploring our collections and creating movies inspired by them.

And students who really love history and want to make a longer commitment can become “Student Historians” for the summer. Our Student Historian Internship Program, open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, will have them researching works of art, artifacts and documents; creating guides, tours and videos; all the while learning to work with diverse audiences in a museum.

That's more than just fun, that's a career path!

We are accepting applications for these programs now.


Sharon Dunn
Vice President for Education

Public Programs

Join us for these exciting discussions

Public Programs

To purchase tickets to public programs, please call (212) 485-9268 or visit nyhistory.org/programs

The Draft Riots Part II
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm
Edna Greene Medford, Carla L. Peterson, Barnet Schecter, Harold Holzer (moderator)
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Conquered into Liberty
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 pm
Eliot A. Cohen, Josiah Bunting III (moderator)
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Visit our website to order tickets to upcoming Spring public programs, including our special '21' Club Breakfast & Talk - Freedom’s Forge: American Business and World War II.

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New exhibitions uniting art with history


The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution
Through April 1, 2012
Original document signed by President Abraham Lincoln, February 1, 1865
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Harlem: The People
Though June 10, 2012
Camilo José Vergara’s images serve as powerful and poignant witness to the changes that have occurred over the past four decades in one of the most famous neighborhoods of New York City.
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Hudson River School Highlights: Landscapes From The New-York Historical Society's Collections
Through April 1, 2012
Asher B. Durand’s famous Studies from Nature and other masterpieces of American landscape painting are now on display.
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Keith Haring's Pop shop
In addition to the ceiling from Keith Haring's Pop Shop on view above the museum's admissions desk, items that speak to the art, concepts, products and love Haring sought to promote through the Pop Shop are on view in the Luce Center.
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Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
Through April 15, 2012
Come see the only surviving first printing 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
Through October 21, 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
Through April 29, 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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Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women
Between 1889 and 1903, socialite Peter Marié commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty, vividly documenting New York’s Gilded Age aristocracy.
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The American Musicals Project Annual Gala Benefit


Monday, March 26, 2012

Join us for our fourteenth annual gala concert, Making History with American Music, featuring a cabaret evening with an all-star Broadway cast and an elegant dinner by Stephen Starr Events – all in support of the American Musicals Project (AMP). The evening's performances will be directed by Gary John La Rosa, who has directed over 200 productions nationally including the World Premiere of Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Opera Memphis); the 10th Anniversary Tour of Footloose; The Sound of Music and Always…Patsy Cline. An innovative education program, AMP utilizes video clips from American musical theater and primary source materials from New-York Historical’s renowned collection to engage young learners in the study of history. Your support will help bring history to life through exciting hands-on workshops for students and teachers and will enable the continued development of this unique approach to teaching our future citizens the lessons of our past.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, please contact us at amp@nyhistory.org or (212) 485-9217.

Kids + History

Rated a Top New York Museum for Kids

Kids + History

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum was just rated one of the top New York museum exhibits for kids by Time Out New York Kids! Plan your family’s visit today and join us for our new family art making, toddler story time, special programs, and more.

Also, don't miss your chance to register your child for our Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction and the Civil War.


Caffè Storico


Caffè Storico, Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant, has opened in the New-York Historical Society. The Venetian cicchetteria serves Italian small plates (cicchetti), along with an array of artisanal hand-made pastas, classic secondi such as roasted sea bass and dry-aged steaks, Italian desserts, and an all-Italian wine list, with nearly half the selection available by the glass.
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View the Map that Shaped Our Nation


It’s hard to believe, but a document with the imperious title "A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America" was the cartographic basis for our American republic. John Mitchell’s 1755 masterpiece provided the lens with which the founding generation negotiated independence and plotted westward settlement.

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Women's History Month


Tiffany Daffodil Umbrella $30.00
Available at the New-York Historical Society
Museum Store

This Women's History Month, we celebrate the intricate designs of Clara Driscoll, designer of most of Tiffany's leaded glass lamps and many of his objets d'art. Her staff of young women, known as the "Tiffany Girls," specialized in selecting and cutting glass for windows, shades, and mosaics. The museum store is offering a selection of home decor and accessories developed from the New-York Historical Society's Tiffany Collection.


Save on Armory Show Tickets

Save on Armory Show Tickets

Receive a 50% discount on tickets to The Armoy Show by entering the promotion code “AAW12” at this link.

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