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Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis to be Honored at the New-York Historical Society’s Annual History Makers Gala, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the New-York Historical Society will present Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis with the distinguished 2012 History Makers Award at The Pierre during its annual History Makers Gala. The theme of the evening will be An American Story in Music and Words featuring a musical performance by Wynton Marsalis and Jonathan Batiste Trio with vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant.

The money raised will benefit the programs of the New-York Historical Society, including major exhibitions and educational programs on American history.

Event: History Makers Gala

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Location: The Pierre
2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10021

Time: 6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner

Dinner Chairs: Helen Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna, and Bernard L. Schwartz.
Gala Co-Chairs: Norman Benzaquen, James S. Chanos, Ravenel Curry III, Elizabeth B. Dater, Buzzy Geduld, Richard Gilder, Martin J. Gross, Roger Hertog, Patricia Klingenstein, Charles Phillips, Michelle Smith, Sue Ann Weinberg, and Michael Weisberg.

Tickets: $1,000 Author Ticket
$2,500 Trumpet Ticket
$5,000 Bestseller Ticket
$10,000 Bandleader Table
$25,000 Editor’s Table
$50,000 Maestro Table
$100,000 President's Table

RSVP: For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Barbi Zakin, (212) 744-0799, barbizakinevents@gmail.com.

Honorees: Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, and has been on the boards of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Partners for a New Beginning, United Airlines, Tulane University, the Overseers of Harvard University, and the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, and a leading advocate of American culture. He is a winner of nine Grammy Awards®, and in 1983 he became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® for both jazz and classical records. In 1987, Wynton Marsalis co-founded, and became Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Under his leadership, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed an international agenda presenting rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, debates, film forums, dances, television and radio broadcasts, and educational activities. 

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 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 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; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York, and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. 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.

From October 5, 2012 through May 27, 2013, New-York Historical is presenting WWII & NYC, a major new exhibition on the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history. WWII & NYC will restore to memory New York’s crucial and multifaceted role in winning the war, the exhibition will commemorate the 900,000 New Yorkers who served in the military while also exploring the many ways in which those who remained on the home front contributed to the national war effort.

Press Contacts:

Laura Washington
(212) 485-9263

Sarah Buffum
(212) 583-2795


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