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Annual Luncheon Benefits Educational Programs for NYC School Children

New York, NY, May 11, 2017 — Loretta Lynch, who served as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States of America, will be honored at New-York Historical’s 2017 Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon, an annual event that dates back to 1856. Ms. Lynch will receive the Women in Public Life Award for her outstanding public service. The luncheon will take place on June 20 at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West at 77th Street) and will feature remarks from Ms.  Lynch. Event check-in will begin at 11:30 am.

“We are honored to recognize Ms. Lynch’s remarkable career as a public servant and her commitment to justice and equality,” said Pam Schafler, chair of the New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. “This year’s Strawberry Festival has special meaning as it coincides with the opening of New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History―the first institution in the nation within the walls of a major museum dedicated to this subject. Ms. Lynch’s work aligns well with the Center’s, which aims to restore dignity to women’s experiences, contributions, and perspectives by reweaving the tapestry of American history.”

Ms. Lynch joins a list of remarkable women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival in prior years. Past honorees include Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mika Brzezinski, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Christine Quinn, Cokie Roberts, Lesley Stahl, Pat Klingenstein, and Sue Ann Weinberg.

Loretta Lynch is the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General of the United States. She served under President Barack Obama from 2015-2017. Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.

New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival has been recognizing women in public life since its first gathering in 1856, when guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast in Washington Square Park. Funds raised from this event help support crucial educational programs for New York City children and youth, as part of New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. In addition to offering critical history education initiatives annually for 200,000 New York City public school students, the Children’s Museum and Library have become magnets for underserved children and families, with scholarships offered for weekend and holiday family programs and summertime “history camps.”

The new Center for Women’s History is the first institution in the nation within the walls of a major museum dedicated to this essential subject and is unique in its size, scope, and inclusive spirit. The Center features special exhibitions in the 1,500-square foot Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, inaugurated in March with Saving Washington, on view through July 30, 2017. The exhibition, an immersive installation featuring more than 150 objects, focuses on the little-known political and social contributions of First Lady Dolley Madison and other women of the era to the fledgling democracy of early America. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center for Women’s History combines permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, scholarly programs, and a vibrant program of talks and debates to enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.

Strawberry Festival tickets range from $500 to $1,000; Co-Chair tables with premier seating for ten guests are $25,000. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at (212) 744-0799 or e-mail barbi@barbizakinevents.com.

Media RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact Marybeth Ihle (212) 873-3400 x326, marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org.

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; Tattooed New York; and Saving Washington. 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.

Press Contacts
Ines Aslan, (212) 873-3400 x263, ines.aslan@nyhistory.org
Marybeth Ihle, (212) 873-3400 x326, marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org

Thursday, May 11, 2017
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