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May 2012

Stories in Sterling Exhibition Smallpox Exhibition Beer Here Exhibition

EXHIBITION: Opening May 4

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver

EXHIBITION: Opening May 15

Be Sure! Be Safe! Get Vaccinated!

EXHIBITION: Opening May 25

Beer Here: Brewing New York's History

Public programs: Politics & Power Calling All Newsies Museum Store


Politics & Power: Elections 2012 (with new speakers!)


Calling All Newsies!


Great Mother's Day Gifts

Dear Friends,

New York, when I was growing up, was a serious beer town, with commercial breweries like Rheingold, Ruppert, Schaefer and others dotting the cityscape. Jingles like “My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer,” or “Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one” (we used to sing that one, sniggering, whenever we saw a heavily pregnant woman) were seemingly on everyone's lips. That I can still remember the words to these jingles -- which I haven't heard since I was a child -- will give you some idea.

New Yorkers of my generation also vividly remember the Miss Rheingold contest, which each year drew thousands of applicants. During the summer the pictures of the six finalists -- all of them beautiful young women -- would appear in stores throughout the city. Young girls like me would hope and pray that someday our pictures might be among them. Men would just buy the beer.

The culture of beer in New York has changed -- but it has never been lost...
Read full blog post by Louise Mirrer, New-York Historical Society President & CEO


Three new exhibitions open this month!


Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York
Opens Friday, May 4, 2012
Highlighting the histories of 150 notable examples of silver from the permanent collection and spanning four centuries, the objects in this exhibition tell a diversity of stories: individual accomplishment, family pride, and even a few with unsettling backgrounds.
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Be Sure! Be Safe! Get Vaccinated!
Opens Tuesday, May 15, 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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Beer Here: Brewing New York's History
Opens Friday, May 25, 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! Special Beer Tastings with New York's favorite local brewing companies will occur each Saturday at 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
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Join us for these exciting talks!

Public Programs

Politics and Power: Elections 2012
Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 pm
Reprising her program from 2008, Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes returns to discuss the candidates and key issues of the 2012 Election, which promises to be just as dramatic, contentious and emotional as we have come to expect from our national politics, with special guests Joe Klein, Richard Reeves and Beverly Gage.

Greenwich Village: The First Bohemia
Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 pm
Architectural historian Barry Lewis transports us back to the 1910s, when the Village was New York's first Bohemian neighborhood. But by the '20s, the Bohemian era had ended due to rising rents and new luxury apartment buildings... until the next disaffected generation took up the mantra of non-conformism.

The True Gold Standard
Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 pm
Experts James Grant and Lewis E. Lehrman with moderator Edward Chancellor discuss the history of the Gold Standard and weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks that would come with its reinstatement.

Freedom's Forge: American Business and World War II
Tuesday, May 22, at 8-10:00 am
Pre-registration is required for this intimate Special ‘21’ Club Breakfast & Talk with historian and author Dr. Arthur Herman. His new book, Freedom's Forge, reveals how two extraordinary American businessmen, an automobile magnate and a shipbuilder, propelled the Allies to victory in World War II by transforming America's army into a global force. ‘21’ Club is located at 21 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th Ave).

Club 21

Prohibition New York: Art Deco of the 1920s
Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 pm
Barry Lewis returns to discuss Art Deco, the signature style of the Jazz Age, which signaled the emergence of a new society that was breaking down Victorian mores and kicking up its heels. Join us to see New York's first self-conscious embrace of the “new,” the last time Modernism had fun.

Lincoln and Davis:

Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 pm
The expert panel of James M. McPherson, William C. Davis and moderator Harold Holzer explore one of the great mysteries of American history: why the experienced Jefferson Davis, a West Point-trained veteran and former Secretary of War, faltered, while Abraham Lincoln, with virtually no military training, triumphed.

Rated a top New York museum for kids!

Family Programs

Extra! Extra! Calling All Newsies!
Sunday, May 6, at 11:30 am
Kids will seize the day as they learn choreography and music from Disney's Broadway hit Newsies. Join Disney Teaching Artists, put on your Newsies caps, and experience what is was like to be a New York City newsboy or newsgirl during the strike of 1899!
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Family Album Scrapbook
Saturday, May 19, at 6:30 pm
Alan Balicki, Senior Conservator, shows tools and materials to preserve the past. Families work with a talented teaching artist to create an album to showcase precious images, documents and objects. Pre-register by e-mail.
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Ongoing Children's Programs
Fun for the Whole Family!
Check out our ongoing family programs at the DiMenna Children's History Museum, including weekly story hours, programs for 3-5 year olds, and our new cross-stitch circle.

New York Cool! Free Friday Night Concert Series

The London Souls

The London Souls
Friday, May 4, at 6:30 pm
Tash Neal and Chris St. Hilaire have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the band's formation in 2008. Their debut album was produced by Ethan Johns at London's renowned Abbey Road Studios and captures the spirit of the band, offering an exhilarating fusion of blues and rock and roll. With their consistently impassioned, explosive live performances, The London Souls' unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll recalls elements of the past with a boundless energy that will hypnotize and amaze.
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Just Friends
Friday, May 11, at 6:30 pm
Since its inception in 1989, the vocal group Just Friends has cultivated an enthusiastic following in the New York area performing jazz standards, spirituals and gospel songs. They have performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alice Parker and Melodious Accord, the Canadian Brass, on HBO and at the Riverside Church. Noted for their interpretation of vocal music, Just Friends has a unique blend of voices with each vocalist bringing a broad range of experiences to each part.
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Beijing Guitar Duo
Friday, May 18, at 6:30 pm
The Beijing Guitar Duo, composed of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, is widely acclaimed for its outstanding technique and artistry. Their first album, Maracaípe, received a Latin Grammy nomination for the featured piece, “Maracaípe,” written and dedicated to them by composer Sergio Assad. Formed in 2008 at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore with the encouragement of their mentor, classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco, the impressive individual talents of Ms. Su and Ms. Wang come together to create one of the most exciting guitar duos on the scene today.

Ahn Trio
Friday, May 25, at 6:30 pm
Hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” by the Los Angeles Times, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing twenty-first century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. The Trio has recorded six albums and has performed for President Obama at the White House, in all fifty states and in over thirty countries.
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The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of New York Cool: Friday Night Music.

Bank of America

Strawberry Festival Luncheon

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton Honored
Tuesday, May 8, at 11:30 am
Save the date for the annual Strawberry Festival Luncheon on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The Strawberry Festival is the New-York Historical Society's annual luncheon benefit — tracing its roots to 1856 — recognizing dynamic women in public life, and this year we will be honoring Chelsea Clinton with introductory remarks by Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes News Correspondent, and a special tribute to Dolley Madison by Biographer Catherine Allgor to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. For further information, please e-mail us or call (212) 485-9240.
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“It's a stunner, with a casual, dazzling sunniness that might make you feel you've stepped out of time” — Gael Greene

Caffe Storico

Caffè Storico
At the New-York Historical Society
Caffè Storico, Stephen Starr's newest restaurant, has opened in the New-York Historical Society. The dining destination serves Italian small plates (cicchetti), along with an array of artisanal hand-made pastas, classic secondi such as Veal Milanese and Roasted Branzino, house-made desserts, and an all-Italian wine list, with nearly half the selection available by the glass.
Restaurant hours »


Great gift ideas for Mother's Day

NYHS Store

Shop Online
Remember Mother with tender jewelry
Look to the Museum Store for tender and elegant ways to express your feelings for Mom. Beginning with Martin Johnson Heade-inspired Orchid Earrings, or a Heart Pendant bearing Abraham Lincoln's affection for his mother, shoppers with a passion for treasures will find a rich array of gifts celebrating American history in our store and online.


Get 30% off tickets to Clybourne Park

NYHS Store

Clybourne Park is the wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. The play explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. For more, visit www.clybournepark.com.

Go to www.broadwayoffers.com and use code CPTM315 for 30% off your ticket! Now through June 3, 2012.

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