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New York, NY, December 1, 2016 —The New-York  Historical Society is pleased to announce the election of five new members to its Board of Trustees: Barry Barnett, Ira A. Lipman, Peter W. May , Gillian V. Steel, and David W. Zalaznick.

“We are delighted to welcome our new members to the Board of Trustees,” said Pam B. Schafler, chair of the Board of Trustees of the New-York Historical Society.  “Their commitment to public service and support for cultural enrichment will be a great asset to us as we look to the future and ensure that New-York Historical continues at the forefront of exploring our collective history and its lasting impact on our nation.”  

Barry Barnett is a commercial trial lawyer and partner in Susman Godfrey LLP. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an elected member of the American Law Institute, a trustee of the Center for American and International Law, and a former trustee of Greenhill School. He has handled disputes in New York, Texas, and around the country and argued appeals in multiple courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Ira A. Lipman founded Guardsmark as a privately held security services company in 1963 and is the company’s chairman emeritus and founder, having served as its chairman of the board and president. He founded the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism administered by the Columbia University Journalism School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member of the Committee on Corporate Affairs and has served on the Chairman’s Advisory Council.

Peter W. May is president and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. (“Trian Partners”). He is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, a trustee of the University of Chicago, a trustee of Carnegie Hall, a trustee of the New York Philharmonic, an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the 92nd Street Y, and, via Trian Partners, a partner of the Partnership for New York City.

Gillian V. Steel has served on the Board of Trustees of the New York Botanical Garden since 2002, where she is a member of the Garden’s Horticulture, Library Visiting, and Botanical Science committees. She is also a Board member of the Aspen Music Festival and School and is involved with several other cultural and educational organizations. She is a member of the Greenwich Garden Club and a supporter of the Greenwich Land Trust, the Greenwich Audubon Society, and the Nature Conservancy.

David W. Zalaznick is co-founder and chairman of Jordan/Zalaznick Advisers, Inc. and co-founder of the Jordan Company, both private equity firms. He is a trustee emeritus of Cornell University and serves on the executive committee and the Board of Columbia Business School. He also serves on the Board of the Whitney Museum, where he is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees, and serves as co-chair of the corporate council.

The election of new board members comes at a time when New-York Historical prepares to open its transformed fourth floor to the public in spring 2017. The revamped space includes the inaugural Center for Women’s History, a dazzling glass gallery showcasing New-York Historical’s preeminent collection of Tiffany lamps, and a reimagined installation of historic treasures from its permanent collection that tell the American story through the lens of New York.

About the New-York Historical Society
Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City, state, and the country, as well as to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn; WWII & NYC; The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution; Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion; Superheroes in Gotham; The Battle of Brooklyn; and The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York; as well as one of the most distinguished research libraries in the country.

Press Contacts
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
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