The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute
A new collecting and programmatic initiative within New-York Historical
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute for New York City History, Politics, and Community Activism is a collecting and programmatic initiative within the New-York Historical Society. Created and supported by the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, the Institute spearheads a diverse new historical archive, which includes materials from New York City’s marginalized communities and voices.
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute provides a repository for materials that relate to 20th- and 21st-century local history, including the civil rights movement, women’s rights, climate concerns, the drive for LBGTQ+ rights, and the historic preservation movement. The archive will reflect significant political, social, and cultural moments from the mid-1900s to the present. Individuals and institutions are invited to submit archival materials representing a range of voices to be preserved for future generations. Attention will be paid to topics such as public health, municipal infrastructure, housing, and the relationship between the development of grassroots movements and the individuals whose work have impacted the city’s history.
Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute Programs
James Van Der Zee
Cultural Medallion Dedication
LIVE ON ZOOM: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 3–4 pm ET | Free
Please join Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Founder and Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and a panel of notable scholars, curators, and photographers as they dedicate a prestigious Cultural Medallion in honor of photographer James Van Der Zee.
Cheryl Finley, Inaugural Director, Atlanta University Center Collective
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
William Meyers, Photographer
Oluremi Onabanjo, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, Museum of Modern Art NYC
Jeff L. Rosenheim, Joyce F. Menschel Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Diane Waggoner, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.Register
Wildland: The Making and Unmaking of America’s Fury
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET
As the 2022 midterm elections approach, social and political polarization within the United States has been underscored by a rise in civil unrest and a decline in confidence in America's governing institutions. How did a nation once held up as a global model of democratic strength and unity find itself in a state of political instability? How do we bridge those divisions? Journalist and author Evan Osnos reflects upon the stories and experiences of people he has met across the country to illuminate how we found ourselves in this era of division and uncertainty.
Evan Osnos, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a CNN contributor, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury. Gillian Tett, author of the award-winning Anthro-Vision, is chair of the Financial Times U.S. editorial board.Buy Tickets
NYC Landmarks60 Alliance | Fall Convening
What’s Next for New York City?
LIVE ON ZOOM: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 12–2 pm ET | Free
In 2012, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel—chair and founder of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute for New York City History, Politics, and Community Activism at the New-York Historical Society—established the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC landmarks law. The Alliance, now a consortium of 180+ organizations, continues its work to preserve the landmarks of New York and commemorate the significant anniversaries of the NYC Landmarks Preservation law, including the upcoming 60th Anniversary in 2025. As part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute’s initiatives, the NYC Landmarks60 Alliance Chair presents a series of special virtual discussions featuring knowledgeable speakers on the past, present, and future of New York City.
This meeting will feature:
Suzanne Davidson, executive director of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, former president of the School of American Ballet, and former producing director at Second Stage Theatre
Anita Durst, Founder of Chashama, which partners with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists, educators, and entrepreneurs
Oskar Eustis, Tony Award-winning artistic director of the Public Theater and formerly prize-winning director of Trinity Theater, Providence, R.I.
Philip Galanes, lawyer, author, and “Social Q's” columnist for the New York Times
Jérémie Robert, French Consul General in New York who has served as advisor for Africa, Development and Global Affairs in the office of the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs since September 2018
Rosemary S. Vietor, a Bowne descendant and president of the Bowne House, the oldest surviving structure in Queens that dates back to 1661 and served as a way-station for the Underground Railroad.
The discussion will be moderated by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
Cultural Medallion Dedication Ceremony
LIVE ON ZOOM: Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 3–4 pm ET | Free
Please join Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Founder and Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and a panel of notable scholars and artists as they dedicate a prestigious Cultural Medallion in honor of Larry Kramer.
Will Schwalbe, best-selling author, editor and journalist
Gail Papp, former Director of New Plays and Musicals Development for the Public Theater
Bill Goldstein, editor, author and official biographer of Larry Kramer
Sheila Nevins, award-winning television and film producer
Peter Staley, political activist and author
David Webster, architect and husband of Larry Kramer
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. National Institutes of Health.Register
Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South
LIVE ON ZOOM: Monday, December 5, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET
From Washington, D.C., to countless communities across the country, ideological and regional divisions have made the modern United States feel more like a splintered, politically sectionarian nation. For centuries, the union’s strength and resilience have been tested: North versus South, red versus blue, rural versus urban. Author Margaret Renkl opens a window into the complex, oft-misunderstood American South, sharing her own experience, insight, and reasons for hope.
Margaret Renkl, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, is the author of Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South. Peter Catapano is an editor of the New York Times Opinion section.
This program is part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Forum on History and the Public Good, and presented by the Diamonstein-Spielvogel FoundationBuy Tickets
Additional materials related to Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel's life and contributions:
“Honor our Past, Imagine our Future” Banner Flown over all five boroughs on April 15, 2015, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law
About the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation was founded by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel to continue and extend their long-term commitment to the common good and the public interest. With this focus, deeply rooted in inclusiveness, social equity, and community service, the Foundation creates and supports original projects based on results-driven and innovative strategies. The Foundation funds projects which demonstrate creative promise in four priority areas: projects focused on civic leadership, public affairs, and diplomacy; projects of cultural merit; original educational initiatives; and initiatives in support of the advancement of biomedical sciences. Learn more at diamonstein-spielvogelfoundation.org.