Past Exhibition

NYC & the Civil War: The New-York Historical Society Pops Up on Governors Island

July 5, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Note: This exhibition takes place at House 18 in Nolan Park on Governors Island

NYC & the Civil War, is presented by the New-York Historical Society in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the war that divided the nation. The exhibition portrays the complexities that arose in our city during the period of the American Civil War. While there were no battles in New York, the city itself embodied many of the tensions that tore the nation in two.

Note: This exhibition takes place at House 18 in Nolan Park on Governors Island

NYC & the Civil War, is presented by the New-York Historical Society in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the war that divided the nation. The exhibition portrays the complexities that arose in our city during the period of the American Civil War. While there were no battles in New York, the city itself embodied many of the tensions that tore the nation in two. 

Using reproductions of photographs, newspapers, and works of art, our Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced view of the Civil War showing multiple perspectives and many surprises. Located in Building 18 in Nolan Park, the exhibition is free and runs every weekend from July 5th through September 28th, and beginning July 12th will feature hands-on activities for all ages.

Exhibition Highlights

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Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media