Between the Civil War and World War I, some of America’s most affluent citizens flaunted their wealth with European-styled chateaux on Fifth Avenue. Yet even among these examples of parvenu showmanship, houses were built, such as the Villard House on Madison Avenue and the Otto Khan mansion, and small specialty museums created, such as the Morgan Library and the Frick Museum, that would bring a new sophistication to both American home design and the New York cultural scene.
Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this tragic event continues to grip the hearts and the imaginations of Americans young and old. Bestselling author James L. Swanson hones in on the doomed trip to Texas, revealing lesser-known details about the final 48 hours of the late President’s life.
Join Barry Lewis on a journey through New Amsterdam/New York in the first 200 years of its existence, when “uptown” meant Washington Square, Downtown meant both the “counting houses” of South Street as well as the corporate headquarters on Wall, and when street systems and living patterns were first laid down for the future city we know today.
Note: This program has been canceled because Jill Lepore has been nominated for the 2013 National Book Award, and her attendance at award-related events is mandatory the evening of November 19. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.
Who was Jane Franklin, the younger, impoverished, and obscure sister of one of the most remarkable men of his time?
On November 22, 1963, one fateful event changed the course of American history. But what if it hadn’t? What would it have meant for the United States and the world if President John F. Kennedy did not fall victim to an assassin’s deadly bullet in Dallas? Join Jeff Greenfield and journey through a history that might have been.
Beginning his remarkable political career as personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln and ending it as secretary of state to Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay witnessed and, at times, orchestrated some of the most momentous events in American history. Biographer John Taliaferro, in conversation with Harold Holzer, provides a long-overdue look into the life and work of this unparalleled figure.
Almost 350 years after the short-lived Dutch rule came to an end on Manhattan, traces of “New Amsterdam” can still be found in everything from street names to the design of the official flag of New York City. Using the history of Amsterdam as a backdrop, critically acclaimed author Russell Shorto explains why we also have the Dutch to thank for some of New York’s most celebrated and enduring characteristics, including its cultural and religious diversity.
On February 17, 1913, the avant-garde exploded onto the New York art scene with the opening of the Armory Show, causing a trans-Atlantic cultural upheaval that still resonates a century later. In this discussion, curators Marilyn S. Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt examine the historical context and shed light on the groundbreaking exhibition that forever changed the way we understand art.