Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

Home in New York

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Tue, October 14th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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During the Victorian row house era homes shrank to 16 feet in width, and when apartments came in during the 20th century the middle class had to make do with awkward layouts. Join Barry Lewis for a lively exploration of the development of New York’s middle class housing and discover the extreme challenges that many have faced in order to make this city their home.

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

Speaker: 
Joan Biskupic
Marcia Coyle (moderator)
Sat, October 11th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Discussion

Sonia Sotomayor’s historic appointment in 2009 as the first Latina Supreme Court Justice flowed from cultural and political changes in America that helped elevate this daughter of a Puerto Rican nurse and a factory worker. Two of the most prestigious Supreme Court experts explore how Associate Justice Sotomayor has challenged an institution and the societal differences she is making.

The Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution

Speaker: 
Nick Bunker
Wed, October 8th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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In the early years of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party was but one symptom of the mounting mutual embitterment between Britain and the American colonies. Author Nick Bunker examines the lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics that culminated in an all-out war for independence.

Nick Bunker is the author of Making Haste from Babylon, a history of the Mayflower Pilgrims and, most recently, An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America.

Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Tue, October 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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As the infamous commander in chief of the doomed Confederacy, Jefferson Davis is often defined by his defeat. Considered difficult, egotistical, and cold by his subordinates and enemies alike, Davis’s strengths are often diminished. But has history been unfair to him? Historian James M. McPherson argues that despite the failure of Davis’s cause, no other chief executive in American history exercised such tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.

The Day of Battle: World War II in Sicily and Italy

Speaker: 
Rick Atkinson
Sat, June 28th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Speaker: 
Fred Kaplan
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Tue, June 10th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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A progressive statesman and an outspoken opponent of slavery, many of John Quincy Adams’s beliefs foreshadowed those of Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party. Unlike Lincoln, however, the sixth President of the United States has been largely overlooked by modern Americans. Drawing on unpublished archival material, biographer Fred Kaplan shines new light on the legacy of this visionary leader.

Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

Speaker: 
Craig L. Symonds
Sat, June 7th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and began the push to liberate Western Europe from Axis control. One of the greatest naval historians of our time sheds light on the remarkable but little-known naval arm of the invasion—Operation Neptune—the largest seaborne military assault in history.

The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War

Speaker: 
James Oakes
Edna Greene Medford
Thu, June 5th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harold Holzer is no longer able to participate in this program.

 

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Many pre-Civil War antislavery proponents advocated for peaceful abolition: if slave states were surrounded by free states, mass numbers of slaves would be compelled to escape, the Southern economy would be undermined, and voluntary state abolition would be imminent.

Around the World with Barry Lewis: Paris

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Tue, June 3rd, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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The French were pioneers of iron and glass construction in the 19th century. By first building shopping gallerias in the early 19th century, then Henri Labrouste’s magnificent iron-framed Saint Genevieve and National Libraries in the mid-century, then the celebrated Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais at the century’s end, the French showed us how to “love” metallic construction and embrace its new aesthetic.

Great Battles of the Civil War: The Wilderness and Beyond

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Wed, May 28th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

This program has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.

 

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The forests of Virginia literally erupted into flames during the 1864 battles for the Wilderness, as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee engaged in a horrific combat in early May.

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