Museum Holiday Schedule

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Wednesday, December 24, 10am-3pm and will reopen Friday, December 26, 10am-8pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

Speaker: 
Peter R. Mansoor
David H. Petraeus
Tue, May 20th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

In 2007, President George W. Bush sent more than 20,000 additional troops to fight in Iraq, a strategy referred to as “the surge.” Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, and more, retired U.S. Army veterans Col. Peter Mansoor and Gen. David Petraeus share their unique insider’s view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War.

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Speaker: 
Nathaniel Philbrick
Thu, May 8th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

On June 17, 1775, violence erupted between British troops and Patriot militia in the Battle of Bunker Hill, which would become the bloodiest battle of the Revolution. An award-winning author and historian reignites the flames of Bunker Hill and offers a fresh perspective on this turning point that sparked the American Revolution.

Great Battles of the Civil War: Shiloh

Speaker: 
John F. Marszalek
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

The first momentous battle of the West launched Ulysses S. Grant as a new Union hero—but came perilously close to ending with a Confederate victory. Shiloh also raised the bar on battlefield bloodshed: at the time, April 1862, it was the deadliest encounter of the entire Civil War. Leading Civil War historians discuss every aspect of the two-day battle—from strategies to casualties, miracles to miscalculations.

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Speaker: 
Robert M. Gates
David Gregory (moderator)
Tue, January 14th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

In his first major book event and his only New York stop in a national tour, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers a behind-the-scenes account of his service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama while the nation was embroiled in two difficult wars.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Veterans Day

Sun, November 10th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

America : A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney

Celebrate the service of all U.S. military Veterans with the patriotic primer America. From D for Declaration to S for Suffrage and N for Native Americans to V for Valor, this storytime reviews a patriotic alphabet and reminds us to appreciate those that enlist to protect our country.

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

Grant Takes Vicksburg

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
John F. Marszalek
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, January 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

On July 4, 1863, Maj. Gen. Grant’s 47-day siege of Vicksburg ended with the surrender of the Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton, thus removing one of the only remaining Rebel strongholds on the Mississippi River. Three of the nation’s foremost Civil War historians discuss the operations that made up one of the most remarkable military campaigns of the American Civil War.

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

Speaker: 
Allen C. Guelzo
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Wed, December 18th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

Why does the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863) still resonate in the hearts and minds of Americans 150 years later? Allen C. Guelzo depicts this momentous battle with both terror and reverence, relating the true grittiness behind the lines, the daily lives of horrified civilians, and the role of politics in military tactics.

From Pearl Harbor to Normandy

Speaker: 
Rick Atkinson
Sat, December 7th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Note: This program is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30–11 am: Lecture

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Revolutionary Tales

Sun, June 30th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

Speaker: 
Thelma Schoonmaker
Fri, May 31st, 2013 | 7:00 pm

TICKETS

Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).

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