Letters from Louise Mirrer

President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society

April 2014

Dear Friends,

Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed author of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, will be presented with the New-York Historical Society’s Women in Public Life Award by trustee Lewis Lehrman at the annual Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon on Tuesday, April 29.

We presented Doris Kearns Goodwin with our first annual New-York Historical Society Book Prize in 2006 for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which formed the basis for Stephen Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln. We are thrilled to celebrate her again this year. Ms. Goodwin joins a list of outstanding women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival. Past recipients of the distinguished service award include Mika Brzezinski, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Lesley Stahl, Christine Quinn, and Wendy Wasserstein.

The first recorded gathering of the New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival was on June 15, 1856, in Washington Square Park, where guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and education programs of the New-York Historical Society. Strawberry Festival tables are $25,000 for luncheon Co-Chairs, which includes seating for ten guests; tickets range from $500 to $1,000. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at (212) 744-0799 or e-mail barbiz@aol.com.

We also look forward to seeing you in the galleries this month to enjoy our dynamic Spring exhibitions, including Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War (opening April 4).

With best regards,


Louise Mirrer

President &CEO

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