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New York Historical Society

How the Computer Age Was Born in the 'Silicon City' of New York

Louise Mirrer | Posted 10.20.2015 | Arts
Louise Mirrer

When you think of the New-York Historical Society, you may imagine exhibitions about the Founding Fathers, or programs about the Civil War. Or maybe you picture the rare Colonial-era books and documents in our research Library, or our spectacular collection of Tiffany lamps.

How Black Lives Have Mattered in Art, From 1930s Protest Posters to Cell Phone Videos

Louise Mirrer | Posted 08.25.2015 | Black Voices
Louise Mirrer

New-York Historical's exhibition observes that American graphic art has now largely been replaced by graffiti, online postings and social media. Still, it is arguable that there is a direct line from the images crafted by artists of the past and the videos captured by ordinary citizens today.

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

Abraham Lincoln, American Moses

Louise Mirrer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Louise Mirrer

Following Lincoln's death, New York became the nation's center for enshrining Lincoln's legacy for the ages. It is, for that reason, particularly fitting that Lincoln and the Jews be on view at New-York Historical during this year's 150th anniversary of his assassination.

Yes, Women Have a History of Their Own

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Louise Mirrer

It turns out that dozens and dozens of our lamps were designed not by Louis Comfort Tiffany or any of the men under his supervision, but by a young woman named Clara Driscoll.

Photographs Of The Freedom Journey In 1965 Illuminate The Past's Connection To The Present

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts

Stephen Somerstein is a retired physicist who spent many years working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. But long before he devote...

You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

It wasn't easy being Chinese American in the early days. From exclusionary laws to the racist caricatures that dotted newspaper comic pages, America w...

When Art Framed War

Louise Mirrer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Louise Mirrer

Americans responded to the art in the Armory Show with excitement, confusion, and dismay. Some members of the press called the exhibition's Gallery I, with its European modernist works, a "Chamber of Horrors."

The Armory Show at 100: Still a "Must See" for New Yorkers

Henry Miller | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Henry Miller

The New York Historical Society's blockbuster exhibition -- "The Armory Show at 100" -- runs through February 23. A major feature of the arts season l...

Of Art and History: The Armory Show at 100: The New-York Historical Society

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

A hundred years ago, in February 1913, some 87,000 art lovers viewed the International Exhibition of Modern Art, sponsored by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors at the Lexington Avenue Armory at 25th Street.

A Rare Look At The AIDS Epidemic In NYC

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The New-York Historical Society is offering a rare look back at the conflicts which defined the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in its latest exh...

A Terrifying Era: The First Five Years of AIDS

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

When my novel Running in Bed was published, one commentator questioned whether the world needed another book about AIDS. A new exhibit opening today at the New-York Historical Society, "AIDS in New York: The First Five Years" answers that question with a resounding "yes."

AIDS: The First Five Years

Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts

Recently, artists have begun to examine the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York with a new lens. The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Surv...

Robert Caro Awarded $50,000 Prize

AP | Posted 02.22.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- Robert Caro has won yet another literary prize, this one worth $50,000. The New-York Historical Society announced Thursday that Caro had ...

How World War II Changed Everything -- Even Our Taste for Candy

Louise Mirrer | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York
Louise Mirrer

Legend has it that Forrest Mars got the idea for M&M'S in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate.

An Intimate Art Exhibition for Father's Day

Jeanine Barone | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
Jeanine Barone

Max depicts his dad, a native New Yorker who would have turned 100 this year, in many iconic New York City sites. Each of the paintings in the exhibition convey intimacy, where his father -- often alone in the scene -- exudes a sense of isolation.

What To Do This Weekend

Posted 05.26.2012 | New York

Dylan Fest 2012 Where: Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, (212) 777-1224 When: Friday, 8PM Price: $25 This past Thursday, Bob Dylan celebrated his 71s...

George W. Bush: I Wish They Weren’t Called 'Bush Tax Cuts'

Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

Former President George W. Bush spoke on fiscal policy on Tuesday, taking a jab at President Obama's tax plan and expressing a regret on his own cuts ...

Brewing New York's History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Louise Mirrer

Beer has been integral to the city's history since the earliest days of European settlement, when it was generally safer to drink than the water.

Lincoln's Signature

Howard Kissel | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Howard Kissel

How much can a piece of paper be worth? Quite a lot, if it has Abraham Lincoln's signature on it. The actual value of the over-sized sheet of paper that went on display Wednesday at the New-York Historical Society has not been disclosed.

Hitler's Possessions Will Be Part Of A New Exhibit

AP | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- An upcoming New York City exhibition featuring four centuries of sterling silver includes two pieces of flatware that belonged to Adolf Hi...

"You Don't Own Frederick Douglass"

Alan Singer | Posted 03.11.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

I believe that it is okay for historians to disagree without getting nasty with each other, and that our disagreements are an essential part of making meaning out of the past.

Lincoln and Douglass Would Be Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 03.06.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Life sized bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass stand at the entrances to the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) greeting visitor...

Major Museums And Organizations Collect Materials Produced By Occupy Movement

AP/The Huffington Post | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR and RANDY HERSCHAFT | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR AND RANDY HERSCHAFT, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Occupy Wall Street may still be working to shake the notion it repre...

Who Should Tell the Story of 9/11?

Kate Kelly | Posted 11.08.2011 | Arts
Kate Kelly

After creating a video recording booth that could be moved to various locations, documentary filmmaker Ruth Sergel started collecting the stories of New Yorkers.