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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.

N-YHS Museum & Library
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From Eloise's adventures at The Plaza to the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York to our groundbreaking exploration of the Vietnam War, we journeyed through countless stories throughout U.S. history over the last year. Join us at the Museum to dive into the past! See what's on now and what's coming up at nyhistory.org/exhibitions. Plus, stop by all year long for riveting programs. Check out our events calendar at nyhistory.org/programs.

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Watch the creation of Harry Potter: A History of Magic!

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Watch a preview of the exhibition. Journey to where magic and myth began! Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition,  combines century—old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. 


Agnes Hsu-Tang discusses the Dunhuang star chart and other magical objects from the past, on view in the exhibition "Harry Potter: A History of Magic."

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution.


Creative: Tronvig Group