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June 2012

Get Vaccinated! Museum Store Beer Tastings




Beer Here growlers, mugs, apparel, and ephemera


Hosted by Stephen Starr Events, stop by for tasty local brews

Private Empire Support Summer Camps


Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power


Give Dad the gift of membership this Father's Day


Historical Fiction: Imagining — and WRITING — the PAST!

Dear Friends,

Some might be surprised to see the New-York Historical Society mount an exhibition about the history of small pox rather than a medical institution or a medical history museum. By organizing it here, in an institution that focuses on the cultural, political, economic and social history of New York, the history of smallpox immediately becomes something more than a subject of interest to medical and public health professionals alone. It can be seen that the history of disease is part of the social history of the city. What experience, after all, can be more important than life, death, diseases and suffering for New Yorkers? Read more »

— David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York


Groundbreaking exhibitions uniting art with history!


Beer Here: Brewing New York's History
Open Until 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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“Be Sure! Be Safe! Get Vaccinated!” Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York
Open Until 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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Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York
Open Until September 23, 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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Public Programs

Pandemic Fix: Seeking Universal Vaccines
Saturday, June 2nd, at 2:00 pm
Presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival, join epidemiologists, virologists, and public-health experts as they share insights on the new wave of vaccine research. Imagine beating every strain of flu with a single shot or wiping out the risk of lethal cancers, HIV, and malaria during a routine doctor's visit. Researchers are closing in on the basic science needed to make these next-generation vaccines a reality. Setting the stage for the discussion is a screening of Contagion, Steven Soderbergh's chilling thriller about a deadly flu outbreak.

Beer Here: Gallery Tour
Monday, June 4, at 11 am
In the past three decades, New York City has become an important center of craft brewing, marking the resurgence of an important trade practiced in New York City and State since the days of its earliest European settlement. Explore this fascinating yet largely unknown legacy in the new exhibition with a tour led by curators Nina Nazionale and Debra Schmidt Bach. Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 pm
As the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company, ExxonMobil's annual revenues are greater than the economic activity of most countries, and its sway over politics and security is often greater than that of the United States embassy. Steve Coll, in conversation with Kati Marton, acutely sheds light on ExxonMobil and the larger-than-life characters who have contributed to its colossal story.

The Living Heart in the 21st Century
Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 pm
Join us for a special talk featuring Dr. Antonio Gotto, the legendary dean emeritus of the Weill Cornell Medical College, in celebration of the publication of the fourth edition of The Living Heart in the 21st Century. Dr. Gotto and co-author, the late Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., arm readers with indispensable information on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States and one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

As Texas Goes...
Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 pm
Gail Collins, columnist for The New York Times, discusses her new book As Texas Goes..., in which she argues that Texas has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic implications for us all through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, tax cuts, gun ownership and more.

Sample local brews, learn about local breweries!

Public Programs

Special Tastings
Every Saturday, at 2 and 4 pm
Beer Here: Brewing New York's History concludes with our own Beer Hall, run by Starr Restaurants' catering group Stephen STARR Events, that features a selection 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 that you won't want to miss — not only will visitors get to taste some of these great local brews, but there will be hops, whole leaf flowers and other beer ingredients for people to touch, smell and experience!


Summer programs, workshops, and camps for kids of all ages!

Family Programs

Historical Fiction: Imagining — and WRITING — the PAST!
Mon-Thu, June 11-14, 9am-4pm
Sat-Wed, June 23-27, 9am-4pm
Using turn-of-the-last-century New York City (everything from New York newsies to immigration to Orphan Train riders) as their inspiration for writing historical fiction; kids will have their imaginations sparked by visits to the galleries, a look behind-the-scenes, and conversations with New-York Historical Society educators. Award-winning Writopia Lab will guide students through the journey of short story writing. Ages 8-18.
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Hoops to Halo: Centuries of Games Kids Play
Sunday, June 17, at 2:30 pm
Celebrate Father's Day with a special family workshop all about games — parents and kids learn about historical games and then build their own video game prototypes with research and development company, PlayScience. Learn how toys and games in the collection reflect certain eras, changing values, important events and achievements, and even daily life and then learn the basics of game design to develop unique video game paper prototypes. Workshop size is limited, please reserve by e-mail. Ages 7-12.
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Reading Into History: Summer Book Club Meet-Up
June 20, 2012, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Journey into the past! Each month families read a book together and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. At the end of each month families, attend the Reading Into History meet-up and share reactions to the book, see one-of-a-kind museum artifacts related to the book, and meet other history fans! June's book is Gail Carson Levine's Dave at Night. Ages 9-12. E-mail familyprograms@nyhistory.org for more information.

New York Cool: Friday Night Concert Series Concludes

Ted Rosenthal Quintet

Ted Rosenthal Quintet
Friday, June 1, at 6:30 pm
The Ted Rosenthal Quintet, with Brian Lynch on trumpet, Dick Oatts on Sax, Martin Wind on bass, Quincy Davis on drums, and Rosenthal at the piano, perform music from Images of Monk, Rosenthal's award winning album. The music, a suite of Thelonious Monk's pieces creatively “deranged” by Rosenthal, takes a fresh look at Monk with daring arrangements and creative soloing without losing sight of Monk's swing and wit.
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Celebrate Dad with a special Father's Day gift!

Gift Membership

Give the Gift of Membership
Members enjoy great benefits!

  • Unlimited free admission for a full year, including the DiMenna Children’s History Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
  • 10% discount in Caffè Storico and the Museum Store
  • Half-price tickets to public programs, and much more!

In honor of Father's Day, members will receive an additional 10% discount in the Museum Store from June 12-17.
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Beer Here merchandise for Dads and Grads

NYHS Store

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Give the Gift of Beer
Give a taste of the craft beer revolution with the Museum Store's line of hoppy, wheaty, and malty merchandise. We've captured the spirited blend of history, homage, and home-craft that is the exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York's History. Our growlers, mugs, apparel, and ephemera have been designed to honor breweries and the botanical elements behind them.


“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.
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