Treasures from the Library: The Origins of Central Park

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Wed, February 24, 2021 | 3 pm ET | $10 (Free for Members and Central Park Conservancy Members)

Join us for a live, virtual journey through history, as staff from Patricia D. Klingenstein Library and Central Park Conservancy walk you through a slideshow of objects and imagery and answer questions via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that requires no special login or membership. 

Note: This program was originally scheduled for January 27, for questions please contact Central Park Conservancy at


Experience the compelling origins and early history of Central Park, Manhattan's most well-known park and one of the most important public spaces in the world! Join Central Park Conservancy Historian, Marie Warsh, and New-York Historical Society Reference Librarian, Crystal Toscano, on an exploration of Central Park's pre-history, conception, construction, and more. This virtual program will dive deep into various documents, including unrealized plans for Central Park; maps and surveys documenting Seneca Village, the African-American community that existed before the park was built; and photographs of the park under construction.

Members: Contact the Membership office at to receive a discount code for free tickets. 


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.

After you register, a member of the New-York Historical staff will send you an email before the event to provide instructions on how to join the virtual presentation.

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Central Park" The New York Public Library Digital Collections.1863.