New-York Historical Society Grand Re-opening Weekend Celebration (Friday)

Celebrate the New-York Historical Society's Grand Reopening with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st New York Regiment and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.

Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 11:00 am

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History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century?

Homes of Early New York: Birth of an American Style

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, January 26th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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New York and its environs have a surprising collection of houses from the Colonial period through the era of the early Republic. Looking at houses as diverse as the Dutch and Georgian Wyckoff in Brooklyn and the Greek Revival Bartow-Pell in the Bronx, we will see both the evolution of early American home design and why these earlier eras, in their Yankee simplicity, served as template for the modernisms of our own time.

New York on the Cusp: The City When Carnegie Hall Debuted

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, November 10th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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When Carnegie Hall opened in 1891, New York was still an intensely Victorian commercial city, and rock-hewn neo-Romanesque and arts and crafts Queen Anne were the predominant styles. Elevators were sending buildings to unprecedented heights and middle class people were gingerly trying the brand-new idea of apartment house living. But McKim, Mead & White’s recently completed Villard Houses and their fantastic Madison Square Garden announced to New York that things were about to change.

N-YHS Institutional Archive

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The institutional archive includes records relating to the history of the New-York Historical Society from its beginnings in 1804 up until the present day. The materials include minutes, correspondence, architectural plans, photographs, and exhibition records. Many photographs from the New-York Historical Society have been digitized and can be located here.

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George Washington’s New York: Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan

Speaker: 
Barnet Schecter
Sun, November 14th, 2010 | 11:00 am

Among the maps that George Washington owned was British military engineer John Montresor's A Plan of the City of New-York, surveyed in 1766. The map provided Washington with detailed information about the streets and hills of Lower Manhattan as he fortified the city against a British assault in 1776. The map was also useful for planning Washington's triumphant entry into New York on November 25, 1783 as the British ended their 70- year occupation and evacuated the city.

From Abyssinian To Zion: Photographs Of Manhattan's Houses Of Worship By David Dunlap

Jun 22 2004 - Oct 24 2004

This exhibition is based on David Dunlap's eponymous guide to 1,079 houses of worship, (Columbia University Press, 2004). From Abyssinian to Zion features sanctuaries off the beaten path that would count as major attractions in any other city or setting: St. Aloysius Church, a bristling work of Lombard architecture on West 132nd Street; All Saints Church, a virtual cathedral known with good reason as the St. Patrick's of Harlem (it is arguably a more inventive work of Gothic design); the Church of the Crucifixion, a powerful work of modern concrete sculpture on West 149th Street that evokes Le Corbusier; the elegantly neo-Classical Mount Olivet Baptist Church on Malcolm X Boulevard, built as Temple Israel, which used it as a synagogue for only 13 years; St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, under whose onion domes on East 97th Street bitter and sometimes violent battles have been waged for the soul of the Russian church since the Revolution; the abandoned Pike Street shul where the Young Israel movement was born, now serving as the Sung Tak Buddhist temple; St. Augustine's Church on Henry Street, which has what it says is the only remaining slave gallery of any church on the island; and the greatest single house of worship built in Manhattan in the last 60 years: the mosque of the Islamic Cultural Center.

The exhibition will also highlight images from the Historical Society's own collection, especially the marvelous and little-known portfolio of 889 photographs taken from 1966 to 1973 by Herman N. Liberman Jr., a member of the New York Stock Exchange, who walked 502 miles in a serpentine pattern along every street in Manhattan, from river to river, recording every single house of worship then in existence, including the most modest storefront and parlorfront churches and synagogues.p>

Portraits of the City

Nov 11 2011 - May 28 2013

A group of approximately twenty paintings and two small sculptures offer visitors a chronological journey through highlights of the New-York Historical Society's rich collection of New York views, including historical images of the metropolis and richly allusive images of its inhabitants and their lives. The installation includes a selection of city views, beginning and ending with two monumental cityscapes, A Southeast Prospect of the City of New York from ca. 1756-1761 and Jacquette’s From World Trade Center, 1998. It features portraits of political and cultural figures such as DeWitt Clinton, who oversaw the development of the Erie Canal, and Katharine Cornell, the first lady of the American theater in the 1920s and 1930s. It also illuminates the everyday lives of city dwellers through such works as Thain’s Italian Block Party, 1922, and Blauvelt’s images of New Yorkers at work in the 1850s.

Victor Perelli (1899-1986), Empire State Building, N.Y.C., 1940. Oil on canvas. Gift of the Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration, 1940.978

Impressions Of New York: Prints From The New-York Historical Society

Nov 4 2004 - Mar 20 2005

As part of its 200th anniversary celebration, the New-York Historical Society presents the exhibition Impressions of New York: Prints from the New-York Historical Society. By picturing over 300 years of New York City's dynamic urban evolution, the exhibition presents more than 100 prints featuring the city's dramatic panoramic vistas, distinctive architecture, memorable triumphs and disasters as well as many everyday occurrences that make up New York City's unique character. The prints will provide a snapshot of the city's history from its colonial beginnings to the thriving metropolis of today. The exhibit will be on view from November 9, 2004 through March 20, 2005.

Nathaniel Currier, First Appearance of Jenny Lind in America, 1850. Hand-colored lithograph. New-York Historical Society

"Impressions of New York is a golden opportunity for the New-York Historical Society to show the world a remarkable selection of prints that bring the story of New York City to life," said Louise Mirrer, President & CEO of the Historical Society.

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