Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship
Saturdays and Sundays through September 30, 11:30 am – 6 pm

New York, NY, July 10, 2018 – The New-York Historical Society is proud to welcome visitors to Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship, a new exhibition curated by local high school students, on view through September 30 at House 18 in Nolan Park on Governors Island. The exhibition explores our nation’s understanding of citizenship as it has been shaped by the responsibilities established by the Constitution and the civil actions undertaken by different groups that struggled to be accepted as Americans.

“Our remarkable Teen Leaders have created a thoughtful and timely exhibition that reflects on what it means to be an American,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical. “Through their research, they’ve learned about the people and communities who have shaped our understanding of citizenship, and in the process, they’ve grasped firsthand how historical events impact the present.” 

The Teen Leaders are part of New-York Historical’s Student Historian Internship Program, which helps participants develop their public speaking and leadership skills, and increases their understanding of American art and history. For the past school year, high school interns have researched, prepared, and curated the exhibition under the guidance of New-York Historical staff. Teen Leaders also staff the exhibition, provide tours, and guide visitors through interactive activities and crafts, like button-making. Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship is inspired by the Citizenship Project, New-York Historical’s initiative to help green card holders pass the naturalization exam through the study of historical objects and artwork. The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond through K-12 field trips, classroom educator visits, teen programs, professional development workshops, and online curriculum materials.

Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship
Saturdays and Sundays through September 30, 11:30 am – 6 pm

This summer, explore what it means to be American at our sixth annual teen-curated satellite exhibition on historic Governors Island. Showcasing reproductions of works of art and historic artifacts, galleries present the history of citizenship through the rights and responsibilities that have united Americans from disparate backgrounds across generations. Learn the importance of civic engagement—from grassroots strategies to the passing of Constitutional amendments—by considering the struggles Americans face to fully realize their rights.

This exhibition is curated and staffed by specially trained Teen Leader high school interns. Family friendly programs are offered every weekend at House 18 in Nolan Park. Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship is open to the public on weekends and free of charge for all. Governors Island is accessible by ferry during the public season.

The New-York Historical Society is grateful to the Pinkerton Foundation for its support of the Student Historian Program. Additional generous support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Ray Lent and Placer Partners.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are supported by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

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 one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only sixteen in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs and architectural drawings.

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Image credit: Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship welcomes visitors on Governors Island.  Photo courtesy New-York Historical Society.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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