Watch art and history come alive every day at New-York Historical! Learn about the past and engage with your community through our digital audio and video resources.


The New-York Historical Society makes history matter every day by bringing you engaging educational programs, intellectually stimulating lectures, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fascinating stories in art and history that you never knew. As a public resource for learning, New-York Historical works to offer audio and video digital resources where possible. Our Media Page brings you select programs and events as well as fun facts and deep dives into topics about the history of the United States through the eyes of its cultural nucleus, New York City.

N-YHS Museum & Library
2 minutes 2 seconds

The New-York Historical Society's breathtaking collection of art and objects comes alive through sprawling displays and interactive media in our new North Gallery on our renovated fourth floor, featuring objects as old as a copper and wooden globe from 1542 to those as new a door covered with more than 190 graffiti tags from in the 1970s.

Programs and Events
56 minutes 40 seconds

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Acclaimed historian Annette Gordon-Reed is renowned for her work uncovering both the political and the private life of one of America’s most celebrated Founders, Thomas Jefferson. In a conversation moderated by American philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family looks at the enigmatic third President’s vision of himself, the Revolution, and the American experiment taking shape around him.

Programs and Events
53 minutes 47 seconds

March 7, 2017 - Billie Jean King—longtime champion for social justice, former No. 1 tennis player in the world, and the first female athlete and first member of the LGBT community to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—is a pioneering leader in the movement for gender equality both within and outside of sports. In celebration of the grand opening of New-York Historical’s new Center for Women’s History—and the inclusion of pieces from her personal collection—King discusses her iconic life and career with American philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, highlighting pivotal moments including her historic victory in the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match and underlining her mission to incorporate equality into the larger fabric of the American story.

Programs and Events
54 minutes 25 seconds

February 10, 2017 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with American philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, explores the qualities of a good leader—a topic she is currently tackling in a forthcoming book—through the lens of the American presidents she has surveyed during her distinguished career as a biographer. Presented as part of New-York Historical's annual Weekend with History: Palm Beach.

History, Politics, and War
5 Minutes 51 Seconds

Born in New York in 1813, James McCune Smith became the first university-trained African-American physician in the United States. But he was also an abolitionist who worked with Frederick Douglass and other prominent Americans of his day to fight against slavery.


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