Macy's Sunday Story Time: Underground Railroad

Sun, September 15th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

Unspoken by Henry Cole

When a young girl finds an escaped slave in her family’s barn, she must make a difficult choice. Examine this wordless story closely in order to discover what she decides.

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

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.

 

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Passover

Sun, March 24th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Ten-year-old Jacob cannot believe his ears when a Yankee soldier asks for his piece of matzoh. Even worse, his family invited the Jewish Yankee to Seder! While Jacob is bitter about the South losing the Civil War, the corporal is still able to have an open discussion with his family about freedom and slavery—apt themes for Passover.

The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.
 

Civil War Lecture with Randall Fuller Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
Randall Fuller
Wed, August 10th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, author Randall Fuller will discuss From Battlefields Rising, his new book examining the profound impact of the war on 19th-century writers including Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Frederick Douglass, among others. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

Jane Schultz on The War within the War: Harriet Eaton and Civil War Nursing Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
Jane E. Schultz
Wed, August 3rd, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, Jane E. Schultz, a leading expert on Civil War nursing, will discuss her book This Birth Place of Souls and examine one woman’s critical role on the battlefields of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

Civil War Lecture with David Blight Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
David W. Blight
Wed, July 27th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, author David W. Blight will discuss his newest book, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, and the ever-changing nature of the Civil War in American memory. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

Civil War Lecture with James McPherson Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Wed, July 20th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson will discuss his book, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, a riveting account of how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander-in-chief as we know it. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.

David S. Reynolds on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, and the Civil War Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room

Speaker: 
David S. Reynolds
Wed, July 6th, 2011 | 8:00 pm

In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent books on the Civil War. In this program, author David S. Reynolds will examine 19th-century America through the works of two pivotal writers: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Walt Whitman. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press. For more information, please visit www.bryantpark.org.

Lincoln in New York Walking Tour

Speaker: 
Cal Snyder
Sat, May 21st, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Lincoln's anti-slavery speech at Cooper Union made him a national figure and propelled him to the Presidency. During the course of this walk, we'll explore this pivotal speech, Henry Ward Beecher, and the making of the image of Lincoln. Starting with Lincoln's statue at Union Square, we'll walk to Cooper Union, then take the subway to Brooklyn to see other sites, such as the little-known Lincoln bas-relief at Beecher's Pilgrim Church. Walking Tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

Lincoln and New York, a traveling panel exhibition

Lincoln and New York probes the myths and controversies surrounding Abraham Lincoln. Starting with the iconic Mathew Brady image of Lincoln without his beard, the exhibition follows his earliest efforts to gain the blessing of the political and journalistic leaders of New York for a presidential run. Reproductions of rare period artifacts and caricatures show the political passions of the day, depicting the rising impact of the media and the first racial scare tactics used in a national political campaign Original research explores New York’s influence on the Civil War, the impact of emancipation, and the promotion of Lincoln’s persona as he evolved from an obscure Illinois politician to a national martyr. Visitors who think they know everything about Lincoln will be startled to see so much that is new.

Morse. [Abraham Lincoln boxing with Jefferson Davis], 1861. Woodcut. New-York Historical Society, PR 010.

In an ironic twist, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America before Lincoln took the oath of office in March 1861. (40917)

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
Bronx Library Center (Bronx, NY) January 1–February 28, 2013
Sandy Ground Historical Society (Staten Island, NY) March 15–June 14, 2013
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New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War

Slavery ended in New York State in 1827, yet this victory did not sever the city's connections to enslaved labor. New York City capitalized on the expanding trade in southern cotton and sugar to become the leading American port, a global financial center, and a hotbed of pro-slavery politics.At the same time, it nurtured a determined anti-slavery movement. In less than half a century, abolitionists convinced many northerners that American slavery could not be reconciled with American freedom. Conflict between the two sides, one favorable to slavery and one opposed, was all but inevitable.
New York Divided, the second of two major exhibits, draws from the New-York Historical Society's rich collection to explore the turbulent half-century of the city's history with southern slavery.

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