Open Memorial Day

The Museum will be open on Monday, May 28, from 10 am – 6 pm.

Past Programs
Antislavery: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
James G. Basker, David W. Blight, Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
Thu, January 24th, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


Long before Abraham Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation, opponents of slavery employed every available literary form — from essays and plays to sermons and hymns — to wage a heroic battle. An expert panel reflects on the pioneering writers and thinkers, from the eighteenth century through Emancipation, who challenged social norms and whose revolutionary ideas helped overthrow a poisonous national institution.


James G. Basker is President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the editor of American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation. David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale. He is the author of American Oracle. Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator) is Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


When you pre-order your ticket for a public program, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program glass of wine at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Cannot be purchased at time of program; drink must be redeemed before program begins. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Availability is limited.

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