Enjoy Earth Day on April 22 with a Virtual Exhibition, Video and Audio Programs, Coloring
Sheets, Zoom Background, and #MuseumSunshine

New York, NY, April 21, 2020—The New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in New York City, encourages New Yorkers to celebrate Earth Day at home with a variety of environmentally-themed digital resources. Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, the Museum will launch a virtual exhibition of Hudson Rising, which depicts the artistic grandeur, economic history, and environmental saga of the Hudson River. To brighten Twitter feeds, New-York Historical has partnered with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to co-create #MuseumSunshine. Other digital offerings include related video and audio recordings of public programs, a Hudson River School-inspired Zoom background, and a downloadable coloring sheet that features work from John James Audubon’s famous Birds of America.

“While Earth Day will be different this year, it remains a seminal reminder about the importance of our environment,” said Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical. “We hope this virtual exhibition, Hudson Rising, and our other digital offerings will inspire our followers to explore our relationship with the natural world.”  

Online audiences are invited to dive into the Hudson Rising virtual exhibition and discover how crucial the Hudson River is to New York’s past, present, and future with an immersive 360-degree digital experience. The exhibition, on view at the Museum in 2019, explores 200 years of ecological change and environmental activism, as well as how human activity impacted the river and how the river has shaped industrial development, commerce, tourism, and environmental awareness. It also surveys how experts in various fields are creating ways to restore and re-engineer areas of the river in response to climate change.

Following in the footsteps of the popular #MuseumBouquet, New-York Historical has launched #MuseumSunshine, a new hashtag to help brighten everyone’s Twitter feeds, in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. Beginning April 21, more than 180 cultural organizations will share images of sunshine-filled artworks and collection objects that feel sunny and happy.

New-York Historical will also offer a variety of digital resources about the environmental legacies of various U.S. presidents. Douglas Brinkley, New-York Historical’s presidential historian, sits down with John A. Farrell, author of Richard Nixon: A Life and winner of the 2017 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History, in a video that covers Nixon’s creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. In audio recordings, Brinkley explores Franklin D. Roosevelt’s founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as the ways various administrations have fought to protect national lands. The first Earth Day is revisited in a special blog post that looks at the rally and demonstration that took place in New York City in 1970.

In addition, New York-Historical has posted a downloadable nature-themed background for Zoom meetings featuring art from the Museum’s collection, Frederic Edwin Church’s Early Autumn, ca. 1865-1866. Nature lovers also can print an Audubon coloring sheet depicting the Carolina Parakeet, drawn from the Museum’s renowned collection of John James Audubon’s original watercolor paintings for the masterwork Birds of America.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only 20 in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024. Information: (212) 873-3400. Website: nyhistory.org. Follow the museum on social media at @nyhistory on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and Tumblr.

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New-York Historical Society                            New-York Historical Society
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Image credit: Frederic Edwin Church. Early Autumn, ca. 1865-1866. Oil on canvas mounted on panel. New-York Historical Society, Collection of Arthur and Eileen Newman, Bequest of Eileen Newman, 2015, 2015.33.12

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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