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.

History, Politics, and War
3 minutes 42 seconds

​In 1776 a small one-man submersive crept its way across New York harbor to attack a British ship as the world’s first wartime submarine. More than 200 years later, local Brooklyn artist Duke Riley found inspiration in the story of the Turtle and created his own interpretation of the Revolutionary War-era submarine. Get the story here, then come see it in person! The Acorn is on view through January 8, 2017, as part of our Battle of Brooklyn exhibition.

N-YHS Museum & Library
31 minutes 30 seconds

Honored together at the 2016 History Makers Gala, filmmakers—and brothers—Ken Burns and Ric Burns, in conversation with Lynn Novick, discuss their creative philosophies, their love for American history, and the influence of their childhood in Brooklyn on their respective filmmaking careers. Following the interview is a short clip from Ric Burns' documentary ​​The Pilgrims.    

Programs and Events
14 Minutes 18 Seconds

At our 2016 History Makers Gala, world-renowned trumpeter, director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and 2012 History Makers honoree Wynton Marsalis shared remarks on honoree Ken Burns and played a few tunes.

History, Politics, and War
20 minutes 46 deconds

Their bitter rivalry is the stuff of legends, but the Hamilton-Burr duel was all too real. After decades of personal and professional disagreements, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr faced off in a fight to the death. But before they fired guns, they fought with words. Watch the the dramatization of the original letters exchanged between Burr and Hamilton just months before their violent encounter on the banks of Weehawken, New Jersey in July 1804. This faithful reenactment by actors from the American Historical Theatre was presented at New-York Historical Society as part of our Summer of Hamilton program in July and August 2016.

Programs and Events
49 minutes 51 seconds

Author, historian, and political commentator for ABC News and NPR, Cokie Roberts, in conversation with American philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, discusses the women of Washington, particularly during the Civil War, and the indispensable role they played in maintaining the capital, keeping the Union unified, and forever changing the place of women in society.


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