New-York Historical Society Celebrates the Renaming of Its Street As “Richard Gilder Way” at September 21 Ceremony Honoring the Contributions of Its Trustee to the City’s Life

New York, NY — The New-York Historical Society will hold an outdoor ceremony today, Tuesday, September 21, at 6 pm, at which it will celebrate the naming of West 77th Street and Central Park West as "Richard Gilder Way."

The name honors a New Yorker whose outstanding leadership and generosity at the Historical Society and other prominent institutions has benefited his fellow citizens and visitors from around the world.

"What's exciting and even poetic about this naming ceremony is that this corner symbolizes Dick Gilder's remarkable contributions to New York City on every level," stated Roger Hertog, Chairman of the New-York Historical Society. "His work has had an impact in every way: from Central Park, where people relax and enjoy this piece of fabulous real estate, to the New-York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History, two great institutions that form an important connection to the city's cultural history. Millions of people go into the park and the two museums from this intersection—which is why Richard Gilder Way is such an important spot."  

Richard Gilder, a Board member of the Historical Society since 2003, directs much of his philanthropic giving toward the teaching and understanding of American history. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2005, he is the co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, which resides at the New-York Historical Society. Richard Gilder Way, at the southwest corner of West 77th Street and Central Park West, links the New-York Historical Society with Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, all of which have also benefited from Mr. Gilder's generosity.

"We are tremendously grateful to Dick Gilder for his commitment to bringing about a renaissance at the New-York Historical Society, helping us serve every segment of our community and make history matter to the widest possible audience," stated Louise Mirrer, President of the Historical Society. "But we also know that Dick has helped other institutions as well to realize their highest potential. For all of us, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, we take great pleasure and pride in the designation of our street as Richard Gilder Way."

"This event celebrates more than any single institution," Mr. Hertog concluded. "It is a celebration of one man's vision of how to dramatically enhance the quality of life in our city."

About the New-York Historical Society

Established in 1804, the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) comprises New York's oldest museum and a nationally renowned research library. N-YHS collects, preserves, and interprets American history and art. Its mission is to make these collections accessible to the broadest public and increase understanding of American history through exhibitions, public programs, and research that reveal the dynamism of history and its impact on the world today. N-YHS holdings cover four centuries of American history and comprise one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.

Contact: New-York Historical Society | Laura Washington | 212-485-9263 | lwashington@nyhistory.org -

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