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💐It all began when the New-York Historical Society and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden started “sending” bouqu...
03/26/2020
Museums Around the World Are Sending Each Other Bouquets of Art Historical Flowers to Spread Love in a Dark Time

💐It all began when the New-York Historical Society and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden started “sending” bouquets of flowers to other major art institutions.

🌻 🌼 Need a little pick-me-up today? Scroll through a few floral artwork highlights from museums. 🌸 🌷

Museums around the world on Twitter are proving that while flowers for spring may not be groundbreaking, they sure are uplifting.

Looking north from Battery Park, this view of downtown Manhattan features, in the distance, the towering canyon of Broad...
03/26/2020

Looking north from Battery Park, this view of downtown Manhattan features, in the distance, the towering canyon of Broadway where it begins its long northern path. To the right stands the United States Customs House while the elevated railway between South Ferry and Battery Place crosses the foreground.⁣

Howard Thain, who came to New York in 1919, drew inspiration from the city's architecture and modernity, resulting in a series of cityscapes.⁣ https://bit.ly/3bBG2Fd

🏥 During the 1918-19 influenza pandemic women rolled up their sleeves to nurse the sick both at home and at the hospital...
03/25/2020
Women's History in the Age of Epidemic

🏥 During the 1918-19 influenza pandemic women rolled up their sleeves to nurse the sick both at home and at the hospitals in hour-by-hour drudgery that risked their own lives.

Our Chief Historian reflects on women's history in the age of an epidemic in the latest blog from #WomenAtTheCenter.

What does it mean to celebrate Women's History Month under the shadow of COVID-19? Center for Women's History Director Valerie Paley reflects on what history has to teach us.

💐 Sending a #MuseumBouquet today to our fellow museums in hopes that it brightens their feed—and yours!⁣⁣🎨 Martin Johnso...
03/25/2020

💐 Sending a #MuseumBouquet today to our fellow museums in hopes that it brightens their feed—and yours!⁣

🎨 Martin Johnson Heade, Apple blossoms in a corner, 1868, Oil on canvas, Collection of Arthur and Eileen Newman, Bequest of Eileen Newman, 2015.

To help fight the spread of the coronavirus, we donated 50 boxes of gloves—gloves normally used by art handlers and cons...
03/23/2020

To help fight the spread of the coronavirus, we donated 50 boxes of gloves—gloves normally used by art handlers and conservators—to Weill Cornell Medicine.

We hope this small action helps. Thank you to all the healthcare workers who are putting themselves at risk to help others.

🍎 ✏️ Welcome to History @ Home!To continue serving our learning community, we are offering free online social studies pr...
03/23/2020
Sign up for our new History @ Home Programs!

🍎 ✏️ Welcome to History @ Home!

To continue serving our learning community, we are offering free online social studies programs for students and teachers of all grade levels.

Weekly student classes will be conducted in real-time by N-YHS educators on Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool that allows students and educators to interact online.

Sign up 👇

For this #CityViewSunday, let's take a look back at this serene scene captured by Andreas Feininger from Central Park in...
03/23/2020

For this #CityViewSunday, let's take a look back at this serene scene captured by Andreas Feininger from Central Park in 1940.⁣

Are there parts of the city you wish you could visit? Tell us & we'll try to post corresponding images from our collection during our closure.

#MuseumFromHome #NYHistoryHere⁣
📷Andreas Feininger, 1940

History at Home: Listen to 2 public programs about women on the Supreme Court in honor of Women's History Month. #Museum...
03/22/2020
History at Home: 2 Public Programs About Women on the Supreme Court | Behind The Scenes

History at Home: Listen to 2 public programs about women on the Supreme Court in honor of Women's History Month.

#MuseumFromHome #NYHistoryHere

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 in New York City, New-York Historical is temporarily closed to the public through the end of the month. Our Women March exhibition is off limits for the time being, but we're celebrating Women's History Month from afa...

Time for a #MuseumGames crossword! Start with 2 DOWN: Her court case set the legal precedent to abolish slavery in Massa...
03/22/2020

Time for a #MuseumGames crossword!

Start with 2 DOWN: Her court case set the legal precedent to abolish slavery in Massachusetts.

Hint: Browse here https://wams.nyhistory.org

Answers will be shared by Akron Art Museum on Thursday.
Full puzzle: https://bit.ly/2WyORLv

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03/22/2020

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Teaching history at home? Check out our free online curriculum, Women & the American Story, with enriching units like "C...
03/21/2020
Confidence and Crises, 1920-1948

Teaching history at home?

Check out our free online curriculum, Women & the American Story, with enriching units like "Confidence and Crisis" that explore women's changing roles.

How did the crises of the Great Depression and World War II impact women? What were new opportunities for women and how were their lives restricted more?

Confidence and Crises
1920–1948

Key Ideas

1. Major social, economic, and political shifts in this period forced Americans to once again question what it meant to be an American.

2. Women of all backgrounds continued to feel

✨ 📞 Communications tech sure has advanced since the '80s. ⁣⁣Eugene Gordon snapped this photo of people calling from a li...
03/21/2020

✨ 📞 Communications tech sure has advanced since the '80s. ⁣

Eugene Gordon snapped this photo of people calling from a line of payphones in the East Village in 1985. What tools do you use to stay connected to friends and family?⁣


📷: Eugene Gordon Photograph Collection, PR 248, Gift given in two parts: Eugene Gordon, 2005 & Miriam Gordon, 2008. New-York Historical Society, 87608d.

#MuseumFromHome #NYHistoryHere

Who was the 1st woman to become a member at New-York Historical Society?🏛️ Go back nearly 150 years for the story. #NYHi...
03/19/2020
Martha Lamb: New-York Historical Society Pioneer | From the Stacks

Who was the 1st woman to become a member at New-York Historical Society?

🏛️ Go back nearly 150 years for the story.

#NYHistoryHere #MuseumFromHome

Historian Martha Lamb (1829-1893), believed to be the first female member of the New-York Historical Society, played an important role in its development.

🌷Need a nature escape today for the first day of spring? 🍃 Delve into the lush landscape captured by American painter Ma...
03/19/2020

🌷Need a nature escape today for the first day of spring? 🍃

Delve into the lush landscape captured by American painter Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) in this study of an orchid (1872).

Heade specialized in landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes. He was particularly interested in humming birds—you can spot two perched on this orchid!

🎨 The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart

Are you a vintage photography buff?  👀 See what New York City looked like in the 1920s & ’30s through a recently digitiz...
03/19/2020
Browning Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1938 | New York Historical Society | Digital Collections

Are you a vintage photography buff?

👀 See what New York City looked like in the 1920s & ’30s through a recently digitized collection of 2,450 images that are ready to browse!

You are here Home N-YHS Digital Collections Browning Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1938 Browning Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1938 Search All collections Browning Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1938 Abraham Lincoln Manuscripts Album of photo...

🔹🚖🔸We wanted to brighten up your feed with some painted perspective and bold colors. ⁣⁣🌈 What jumps out at you first in ...
03/19/2020

🔹🚖🔸We wanted to brighten up your feed with some painted perspective and bold colors. ⁣

🌈 What jumps out at you first in this vibrant street scene? ⁣

🎨: Tom Christopher, "Broadway Street corner (C5676)," 2002; Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Tom Christopher and David Findlay Galleries

📚 Need a reading rec? Rick Atkinson is this year's winner of our Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize. He is the autho...
03/18/2020
Rick Atkinson Wins American History Book Prize

📚 Need a reading rec?

Rick Atkinson is this year's winner of our Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize. He is the author of “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777.”

The award from the New-York Historical Society honors the first installment of his planned trilogy about the American Revolution, which emphasizes the conflict’s costs and uncertainties.

03/18/2020

🎨🎶🐱 Art + music + and a feline friend — sounds like a good way to pass the time.

Jessie Tarbox Beals was one of the country’s first woman photojournalists. She lived and worked for most of her career in New York City. Among her many subjects was Bohemian Greenwich Village during the 1910s and 1920s.⁣

The allure of the Village lay in its cluster of tea rooms, restaurants, bookstores, art studios, galleries, and antique shops, many of which were run by women. ⁣

This photo shows artist Grace Godwin seated with an acoustic guitar and a cat, drawings on the wall behind her, and a note that says, 'This place ain't bohemian.” Grace Godwin's Garret was located at 58 Washington Square South.⁣


📷: Jessie Tarbox Beals photograph collection, ca. 1917-1918.⁣

03/17/2020
When Was the First St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City?

☘️🌈 When was the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City?

📽️ WATCH ⬇️

The New-York Historical Society and NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, have partnered to produce a special series of one minute videos ...

Soak in this scene of the Hudson River waterfront. Which elements of this painting do you find the most soothing?Zoom in...
03/17/2020

Soak in this scene of the Hudson River waterfront. Which elements of this painting do you find the most soothing?

Zoom in on the brushstrokes here: https://bit.ly/2UaqNMi

🎨: Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr., "Hudson River waterfront, New York City," after 1913, Oil on canvas; Gift of Miss Helene F. Seeley in memory of the artist and his wife.

#MuseumMomentOfZen #MuseumFromHome

Our galleries may be closed to the public, but we will continue to share highlights online.Is there an object or artwork...
03/16/2020

Our galleries may be closed to the public, but we will continue to share highlights online.

Is there an object or artwork you miss and want to see? Is there a piece of American history you’re curious about?

Tell us and we’ll do our best to share it.

Here’s a 360 degree view of our 4th Floor Objects Tell Stories gallery.

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903, inside a building belonging to Fayerweather & Ladew, a leathe...
03/16/2020

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903, inside a building belonging to Fayerweather & Ladew, a leather manufacturing company, on the southwest corner of Allen and Houston Streets. Photos of the site show buildings covered in ice and surrounded by rubble. ⁣

The New York Times described the scene:⁣

“A moment later a portion of the burning wall fell, partly buried the water tower, and completely disabled it. Within a short time the whole tower was incased in a thick coating of ice, and icicles hung from every available place. The cold weather also froze a large amount of water on the elevated structure, and icicles by the thousand hung from it. The buildings of the neighborhood also got a coating of ice, and in many places the scene was exceptionally picturesque.”⁣


📷: H.N. Tiemann & Co. Ruins of the Fayerweather & Ladew factory, Allen Street and East Houston Street, New York City. January 1903. #CityViewSunday

03/14/2020

Katherine Arthur Behenna (ca. 1860–1924) was Scottish-born U.S.-based miniature portraitist. She painted portraits of American socialites of the Gilded Age for art collector Peter Marié. Our collection contains more than 50 of her miniature works. ⁣

This portrait of Mary Lawrence Perkins, painted with watercolor on ivory, is roughly the size of a business-card. Imagine painting a portrait so small! ⁣

#5WomenArtists #WomensHistoryMonth⁣

🎨: Katherine Arthur Behenna, “Mary Lawrence Perkins,” 1893; Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié

Before American women could vote, they influenced public policy through professional organizations, such as those formed...
03/13/2020
Finding Women in the Archives: Student Nurses | Behind The Scenes

Before American women could vote, they influenced public policy through professional organizations, such as those formed by nurses.

Check out photos showing student nurses from City Hospital at work on Blackwell’s Island in 1916. https://bit.ly/2D1kfck #WHM2020

In 1916, photographer Orrin Sage Wightman captured student nurses at work on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City.

Even though the Museum & Library are closed—our social media is here! ⁣⁣Long before American women could vote, they were...
03/13/2020

Even though the Museum & Library are closed—our social media is here! ⁣

Long before American women could vote, they were able to influence public policy, often through professional organizations, such as those formed by nurses in the early 20th century. ⁣

In 1916, Dr. Orrin Sage Wightman, internist and avid photographer, made a series of photographs showing student nurses from City Hospital at work on Blackwell’s Island. A fascinating window into one of America’s earliest hospital-based nurse training programs, the photos depict a nurse’s daily routine at a time when the nursing profession was adjusting to a series of momentous changes.⁣

🔗 Read more by clicking the link in our profile.⁣

#WomensHistoryMonth⁣
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To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff...
03/13/2020
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To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff, New-York Historical will temporarily close to the public as of Friday, March 13, at 6 pm through the end of the month, and all programs and events will be canceled through the end of April.

Although no case of COVID-19 has been connected to the Museum, we are taking these preventive measures out of an abundance of caution to help ensure everyone’s safety.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and look forward to resuming full operation as soon as possible. We will continue to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Governor's Office, Mayor’s Office, and Department of Cultural Affairs. Check back here for updates.

To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, New-York Historical will temporarily close to the public as of Friday, March 13, at 6 pm through the end of the month, and all programs will be canceled or postponed through the end of April. More details on our Visit page.

What do you notice first in this work?⁣⁣Did you spot the shadow profiles Recognized as a light sculptor, #KumiYamash*ta ...
03/12/2020

What do you notice first in this work?⁣

Did you spot the shadow profiles Recognized as a light sculptor, #KumiYamash*ta uses traditional Japanese origami paper and light to create silhouettes.⁣

Her unique sculptural method creates shadow profile portraits of individuals whose identities are never revealed to ensure the larger poetic, universal nature of the work. ⁣

See our Story for more and visit #ProfilesLive.⁣

#5WomenArtists #WomensHistoryMonth⁣

📷: Kumi Yamash*ta, Origami, 2020, Paper, cast light, shadow; Courtesy of the artist

“In the five minutes or so it will typically take to read this article, the population of the United States will have gr...
03/11/2020
With the Census Approaching, a Look at Its History and Lore

“In the five minutes or so it will typically take to read this article, the population of the United States will have grown by about 13 people.

This gives you an idea of the moving target the government faces when Americans participate in the nation’s 24th decennial census on April 1.” —Read the latest from The New York Times.

“The People Count: The Census in the Making of America” opens at the Museum this Friday.

An exhibition at the New-York Historical Society explores how the census has shaped America.

“New Yorkers might be particularly interested in the section on the Fillmore East, the hall at Second Avenue and East Si...
03/11/2020
The Lower East Side in 8 Songs

“New Yorkers might be particularly interested in the section on the Fillmore East, the hall at Second Avenue and East Sixth Street where, from March 1968 to June 1971, Graham brought a Who’s Who (including the Who) of the era’s top rock, pop and soul acts to the Lower East Side.”

Visit #BillGrahamRocks for more history and rock & roll!

From blackface minstrels to the Velvet Underground to virtual reality: How a gritty neighborhood in New York always turned out the most vital music.

Bettina von Zwehl described her portraits of New York City teenagers as “death masks sculpted from life.” ⁣⁣Von Zwehl wa...
03/10/2020

Bettina von Zwehl described her portraits of New York City teenagers as “death masks sculpted from life.” ⁣

Von Zwehl was inspired by the museum’s collection of silhouettes and a teen die-in staged after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This series is a powerful tribute to the victims of the school shooting, as well as a testament to teen activism. ⁣

This powerful and intimate photo honors the past and expands the boundaries of portraiture. See it on view in #ProfilesLive. ⁣
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📷: Bettina von Zwehl, Meditations in an Emergency, #14, 2018. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library

For Women's History Month, we're joining the National Museum of Women in the Arts and other cultural organizations aroun...
03/10/2020

For Women's History Month, we're joining the National Museum of Women in the Arts and other cultural organizations around the globe to raise awareness about gender inequity in the arts by asking, "Can you name #5WomenArtists?"

This image represents 2 women artists. One is the photographer, Jessie Tarbox Beals, and the other is sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh.

Stay tuned for more throughout the month!

📷: Jessie Tarbox Beals, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, ca. 1905-1940. PR-004-03-19.

Despite his final request to be buried at Mt. Vernon, congress proposed that George Washington's remains be brought to W...
03/07/2020
Benjamin West’s Memorial to Washington | From the Stacks

Despite his final request to be buried at Mt. Vernon, congress proposed that George Washington's remains be brought to Washington D.C.

Dig into the story of Benjamin West's memorial to Washington in the most recent blog post #FromTheStacks.

The artist and architect Benjamin West’s never-built design for the Washington Monument is described in his 1800 letter to Rufus King.

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The New-York Historical Society, a pre-eminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York City's oldest museum and one of the nation's most distinguished independent research libraries. New-York Historical is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.

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Who We Are

The New-York Historical Society was established in 1804 as New York’s first museum. Its eleven founders all lived through the turbulent years of the American Revolution and the British occupation of New York. These men believed that New York’s citizens needed to take decisive action to preserve eyewitness evidence of their own historical moment, which they recognized as important, fearing “dust and obscurity” would be the inevitable fate of accounts and artifacts if left in the hands of private individuals. “Without the aid of original records and authentic documents,” they declared, “history will be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables.”

It is in this tradition that New-York Historical has moved forward into the 21st century, offering to visitors on-site and online a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts and documents and an ongoing collecting program that aims to facilitate a broad grasp of history’s enduring importance and its usefulness in finding explanations, causes, and insights.

Learn more about us at nyhistory.org/about.