New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society Established in 1804, the New-York Historical Society comprises New York’s oldest museum and a nationally renowned research library.
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"Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation."...
10/14/2020

"Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation."

Mark your calendars for next year. In fall 2021, we will honor the trailblazing Supreme Court justice and cultural icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A traveling exhibition organized by Skirball Cultural Center, "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" explores the justice’s life and work, highlighting her ceaseless efforts to protect civil rights and foster equal opportunity for all Americans. https://bit.ly/3kSkAjJ

Until then, visit our #WomensVoices digital installation where you can discover the hidden connections among exceptional and unknown women who left their mark on New York and the nation. https://bit.ly/3iZlidI

Can we get a watt watt? 😆 Terrible puns aside—our "Design Your Own Tiffany Lamp" station is LIT.  ⁣⁣⁣💡 Clara Driscoll, t...
10/13/2020

Can we get a watt watt?

😆 Terrible puns aside—our "Design Your Own Tiffany Lamp" station is LIT. ⁣⁣

💡 Clara Driscoll, the head of the Tiffany Studios Women's Glass Cutting Department, first designed a Dragonfly Lamp in 1899. The shade won the admiration of Louis C. Tiffany and a bronze medal at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. The dragonfly became one of the firm’s most enduring lamp motifs. ⁣⁣
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We offer a free disposable stylus for all our touchscreens and in-gallery interactives.

Visit us Friday through Sunday!⁣⁣ https://bit.ly/33NpCGt
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😷 👍 Mask up with exclusive face masks from the #NYHistoryStore! Shop online anytime or in person Fridays to Sundays: htt...
10/12/2020

😷 👍 Mask up with exclusive face masks from the #NYHistoryStore! Shop online anytime or in person Fridays to Sundays: https://bit.ly/3jwNB4a

❄️  “A visual reflection of two cultures”: A set of photos in our collection contrast the beauty of the Alaskan landscap...
10/12/2020

❄️ “A visual reflection of two cultures”: A set of photos in our collection contrast the beauty of the Alaskan landscape and its indigenous population with the rigors of frontier life and the impact of mining in the early 1900s. https://bit.ly/2AfmMuw #IndigenousPeoplesDay

Look at this beaut—they don't make them like this anymore.In 1913 the Woolworth Building was the tallest (and arguably t...
10/12/2020

Look at this beaut—they don't make them like this anymore.

In 1913 the Woolworth Building was the tallest (and arguably the most glamorous) building in the world. Today it’s still one of the masterpieces of New York City’s skyline.

#CityViewSunday

📷 Cass Gilbert Collection, 1910-1913, glass lantern slides.

Why do we have a re-creation of the Oval Office on our 4th floor? Our "Meet the Presidents" gallery traces the evolution...
10/11/2020

Why do we have a re-creation of the Oval Office on our 4th floor?

Our "Meet the Presidents" gallery traces the evolution of the presidency & executive branch. Explore how presidents have interpreted their leadership role.

To encourage young voters to explore our exhibitions about American democracy—college students can visit for free.

Visit and learn more: https://bit.ly/2vnWLvF

🌊 How a-boat that view? Talk about sea-nic! 🤩 ⁣⁣For #CityViewSunday soak in this image of the Manhattan skyline with sai...
10/11/2020

🌊 How a-boat that view?
Talk about sea-nic! 🤩 ⁣

For #CityViewSunday soak in this image of the Manhattan skyline with sailors on a steamship near the Hudson River piers.⁣

📷 Irving Browning, c. 1920-1938

#DidYouKnow Peck’s Slip, which occupies the area between present-day Water and South streets, served as a dock for boats...
10/11/2020

#DidYouKnow Peck’s Slip, which occupies the area between present-day Water and South streets, served as a dock for boats until 1810, and even served as a hideout for George Washington and his troops in April 1776 when they fled from the Battle of Long Island. ⁣

🎨 Everett Longley Warner, Peck Slip, New York City, early 20th century, Oil on canvas; Gift of the artist

Stepping into the weekend like...⁣⁣ ⁣📷 Frederick Kelly, Woman in the  doorway of St. Patrick's Cathedral, with pedestria...
10/10/2020

Stepping into the weekend like...⁣


📷 Frederick Kelly, Woman in the doorway of St. Patrick's Cathedral, with pedestrians and Atlas statue on Fifth Avenue beyond, c. 1959-1976⁣

✨ Opening in 2 Weeks: "Dreaming Together"—our first collaborative exhibition with Asia Society New York—explores works f...
10/10/2020

✨ Opening in 2 Weeks: "Dreaming Together"—our first collaborative exhibition with Asia Society New York—explores works from both of our respective collections under the shared themes of environment, protest, identity, and borders.

This image belongs to a series of more than 2,000 photographs that Zhang Dali (b. 1963 in Harbin, China) made in Beijing between 1995 and 1998 to critique the city’s aggressive urban renewal program. Each photo features a national monument, imperial palace, or new development along with a silhouetted self-portrait of the artist.

Here, Zhang’s profile cuts into a wall that opens onto a view of the Forbidden City. It serves as a reminder of the individual lives disrupted in the name of social and economic progress.

#AsiaSocietyTriennial

📷 Zhang Dali, Demolition: Forbidden City, Beijing, 1998, Chromogenic print; Asia Society, New York: Gift of Christopher Phillips, 2018.24. Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2019

📞 💬 You used to call me on my Bell phone... ⁣⁣#OnThisDay in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by t...
10/09/2020

📞 💬 You used to call me on my Bell phone... ⁣

#OnThisDay in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by telephone to each other over a two-mile wire stretched between Cambridge and Boston—the first wire conversation ever held. ⁣

Thirty-eight years later, on January 25, 1915, they held another conversation—but this time it was transcontinental. Bell and Watson talked to each other over a 3,400-mile wire between New York and San Francisco.⁣

We've come a long way since then with even more innovative methods of communication! But, hey, not all experiments can be a long-lasting success. Eugene Gordon photographed curious passersby at this mobile public telephone trailer in Greenwich Village in 1985.

Time for a little #ThrowbackThursday! Compare these images of 17 Irving Place, a block away from Union Square Park, take...
10/09/2020

Time for a little #ThrowbackThursday! Compare these images of 17 Irving Place, a block away from Union Square Park, taken a little over 100 years apart. What's the same? What's different?⁣⁣

In 1917 it housed a cafe and restaurant on the ground floor. Today it houses the music venue Irving Plaza, which is currently closed for renovations. ⁣

Which iconic music venue occupied a space 10 blocks away from this site between 1968 to 1971? (Hint: You'll find the answer in our exhibition "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.")⁣
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📷 William D. Hassler, 1917⁣⁣
🤳 Urban Archive

🎧  Need an escape? 🎶 Get a musical mood-boost in our exhibition "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution." While in t...
10/08/2020

🎧 Need an escape? 🎶 Get a musical mood-boost in our exhibition "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution." While in the exhibition, enjoy an immersive audio experience. An infrared device recognizes the zone the part of the gallery that you are in and cues the music!

🤘 Rock out tomorrow or this weekend: https://bit.ly/36nsJFK #BillGrahamRocks

As the vice-presidential debate is only hours away, our minds turn to other women who have vied for the Veep spot. Our #...
10/07/2020

As the vice-presidential debate is only hours away, our minds turn to other women who have vied for the Veep spot.

Our #WomenAtTheCenter blog explores the career of Geraldine Ferraro: https://bit.ly/34Ckzd0

10/07/2020

Ready to test your superhero wits? New York City is the birthplace of comic-book superheroes.

Join us for online trivia tonight at 8 pm EST for History After Dark "The Big Quiz Thing: DC vs. Marvel".

Register here: https://bit.ly/34ubEur

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will get her own statue in Brooklyn. Stay tuned for more on "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ru...
10/07/2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be memorialised with statue in Brooklyn

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will get her own statue in Brooklyn.

Stay tuned for more on "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg"—opening at our Museum next year! Read more from The Art Newspaper.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested a site for the monument of the Supreme Court justice, overlooking the Statue of Liberty

🌼 British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Donovan played a series of shows at the Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland, ...
10/06/2020

🌼 British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Donovan played a series of shows at the Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland, after which he composed a note to concert promoter Bill Graham that read: “You are, by far, the friendliest, most considerate promoter I have had the pleasure to work with.” He signed the note: “Thy humble minstrel.”

For more good vibes, visit "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" at the Museum. We are open Friday to Sunday. Book your ticket here: https://bit.ly/36nsJFK

#BillGrahamRocks

📷 Note from Donovan to Bill Graham, San Francisco, November 1967, Offset print with inscribed ink; Collection of David and Alex Graham, Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

🍠 🍌 🥥  Where does one find the best Filipino food in the city today?⁣⁣⁣Photographer Eugene Gordon snapped this image in ...
10/06/2020

🍠 🍌 🥥 Where does one find the best Filipino food in the city today?
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Photographer Eugene Gordon snapped this image in 1985 of a man by outdoor produce bins. A sign reading "Filipino Lou" is visible on the storefront.⁣

How do we know details about this spot? A March 1971 article from The New York Times explored the rise of Ninth Avenue's Filipino food. The article says Louis Finkelstein, owner of the F&L Meat Market on 533 Ninth Avenue (between 39th and 40th streets), was known to his customers as "Filipino Lou." Finkelstein was a mess sergeant in Manilla during World War II, where he learned the language as well as how to prepare the cuisine. ⁣

The article went on to list three recipes where ingredients could be purchased at F&L Market: Rellenong Bangus (stuffed milkfish), Dinuguan (pork blood stew), and Pancit Canton (stir-fried noodles). Read the article: https://nyti.ms/2Sv2Pe5

"You can't spell truth without Ruth."We will be hosting an exhibition on the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg next ye...
10/05/2020
Photos: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibit Coming To New-York Historical Society In 2021

"You can't spell truth without Ruth."

We will be hosting an exhibition on the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg next year.

"Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" includes archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives spanning RBG’s life and varied roles.

Read more about the exhibition in the latest from Gothamist.

"Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" will be on view starting in October 2021, but you can see several of the archival photos now.

In 1927 a pair of high-rise apartment hotels appeared on the southeastern corner of Central Park. Standing on opposite s...
10/05/2020

In 1927 a pair of high-rise apartment hotels appeared on the southeastern corner of Central Park. Standing on opposite sides of 59th Street, they seemed to complement each other. ⁣⁣
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The Sherry-Netherland, with its brown brick tower and delicate spire, and the palatial Savoy-Plaza, with its peaked roof and twin chimneys, were both fanciful and modern at the same time. ⁣⁣
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The pairing did not last, however, as the Savoy-Plaza was torn down amidst protest in 1965. Now the Sherry-Netherland, protected by the Upper East Side Historic District, looks across 59th Street toward the General Motors Building.⁣

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📷: Irving Browning. View from Central Park of the Sherry-Netherland and the Savoy-Plaza Hotel, 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City. circa 1927-1938.

Need a little #MuseumMomentOfZen? Behold "Twilight" (1858) by Jasper Francis Cropsey. The stunning atmospheric effect of...
10/04/2020

Need a little #MuseumMomentOfZen? Behold "Twilight" (1858) by Jasper Francis Cropsey. The stunning atmospheric effect of sunset was a favored motif for Hudson River School painters.

This composition leads the eye from a church steeple to the profile of mountainous terrain to a silhouetted tree. The vivid colors of the sky mark the setting of the sun and the encroaching night. An inscription on the reverse of the painting suggests that the artist created it during his time in England in the late 1850s. However, there is other evidence that Cropsey may have painted Twilight from the memory of a North American setting, rather than documenting an English site.

🎨 Jasper Francis Cropsey, Twilight, 1858; Collection of Arthur and Eileen Newman, Bequest of Eileen Newman, 2015

George Washington took the oath of office as our first president in New York City in April 1789. He intentionally wore a...
10/02/2020

George Washington took the oath of office as our first president in New York City in April 1789. He intentionally wore a plain brown suit to show that U.S. presidents are ordinary citizens—not kings.⁣

Through artwork, artifacts, and a detailed re-creation of the Oval Office, trace how different presidents have interpreted and fulfilled their leadership role in our exhibition "Meet the Presidents." ⁣

Visit this weekend: https://bit.ly/3cLxa1v

🎨 Keith Shaw Williams, "Inauguration of George Washington at Federal Hall, New York City, 1789," 1938, Oil on canvas.

The name "Manhattan" comes from the Lenape word “Manahatta,” meaning “hilly island.”Join The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR o...
10/02/2020

The name "Manhattan" comes from the Lenape word “Manahatta,” meaning “hilly island.”

Join The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR on Monday, Oct 5 at 7 pm EST for a free virtual program about the history of Manhattan and today's movements. Register here: https://bit.ly/30qwGbV

The Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue #OnThisDay 89 years ago. When the Waldorf Astoria re-opened in its current Par...
10/02/2020

The Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue #OnThisDay 89 years ago. When the Waldorf Astoria re-opened in its current Park Avenue location in 1931, it was the largest and tallest hotel in the world. ⁣

The original Waldorf was built in 1893 by William Waldorf Astor. Four years later, John Jacob Astor IV—a cousin and rival—built a taller hotel next door. Once they reached a truce they connected the 2 buildings, making the Waldorf-Astoria.⁣

📷 (1) Irving Browning, Exterior view of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York City, c. 1930s (2) Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria New York

The Calendar: "Halloween is only ONE day."⁣Us on October 1st: ⁣🎃 🎃 🎃
10/01/2020

The Calendar: "Halloween is only ONE day."⁣
Us on October 1st: ⁣🎃 🎃 🎃

What roles have women played in the story of the American Census? Find out for #WomanCrushWednesday: https://bit.ly/3n5v...
09/30/2020

What roles have women played in the story of the American Census?

Find out for #WomanCrushWednesday: https://bit.ly/3n5vnco

☕ 😍 Wishing you a latte love today on #NationalCoffeeDay. In this photo, a young man and woman look at each other over c...
09/29/2020

☕ 😍 Wishing you a latte love today on #NationalCoffeeDay. In this photo, a young man and woman look at each other over coffee cups at the Waldorf Cafeteria on 7th Avenue.⁣

Where's the best brew in the city?⁣

📷 Frederick Kelly, undated [1959-1976]

The Apollo was the first theater to allow a mixed-race audience. It also became the largest employer of Black theatrical...
09/29/2020

The Apollo was the first theater to allow a mixed-race audience. It also became the largest employer of Black theatrical workers in the nation. #DidYouKnow Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at The Apollo in 1934 during Amateur Night? ⁣⁣
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Can you guess the date of this photo by Eugene Gordon?

When and why did the U.S. government start promising that answers on the Census would be kept confidential? Delve into t...
09/28/2020
"Confidential if you desire": Privacy and the U. S. Census | From the Stacks

When and why did the U.S. government start promising that answers on the Census would be kept confidential? Delve into this fascinating history using original documents from our collection.

While today we can expect that answers to the federal census to be kept confidential, this was not originally part of the plan.

The more of us who fill out the census, the more money we get for NYC’s schools, roads, bridges, health care, housing, a...
09/26/2020

The more of us who fill out the census, the more money we get for NYC’s schools, roads, bridges, health care, housing, and more. Complete it in less than 10 minutes at https://bit.ly/2Q1oolR. #GetCountedNYC⁣

An 1890 copy of Scientific American illustrates how counting the 11th census was accomplished in less time with the Punched Card Tabulator system invented by Herman Hollerith, a former census employee from Buffalo, New York. Divided into four devices for perforating, reading, and sorting, workers completed 62.9 million returns of 30 questions in less than five years.⁣

Learn more in "The People Count: The Census in the Making of America":⁣ https://bit.ly/3cwRraV

📷 Herman Hollerith’s Punched Card Tabulator, Scientific American, vol. 63., no. 9, New York, 1890. Courtesy of David M. Rubenstein

Pura Belpré was New York’s 1st Puerto Rican librarian. Hired by the 135th Street library in 1921 to help Spanish-speaker...
09/26/2020

Pura Belpré was New York’s 1st Puerto Rican librarian. Hired by the 135th Street library in 1921 to help Spanish-speakers, she shared folktales she heard as a child. Her 1st book was a love story between a cockroach & a mouse, based on a story from her grandmother.
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Pura Belpré fue la primera bibliotecaria puertorriqueña de Nueva York. Belpré fue contratada en 1921 por la biblioteca ubicada en la calle 135 para ayudar a los hispanohablantes, con quienes compartió cuentos populares que escuchó de niña en Puerto Rico. Su primer libro fue una historia de amor entre una cucaracha y un ratón, basada en una historia de su abuela.

#HispanicHeritageMonth

📷 Incorporates an image of Pura Belpré, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY.

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) fought for recognition and protection for women workers on the j...
09/25/2020

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) fought for recognition and protection for women workers on the job and reimagined how a union could serve workers and their communities beyond the factories. They collected information and documents to resolve immigration issues, fought for workers rights, provided education, and supported civic engagement.⁣⁣
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Through their work, the ILGWU and its women organizers also shaped women’s movements across the 20th century, from the suffrage movement of the 1910s to the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. ⁣⁣

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El Sindicato Internacional de Mujeres de la Industria de la Confección (The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union - ILGWU) luchó por el reconocimiento y la protección de la mujeres trabajadoras en su lugar de trabajo así como la expansión del rol del sindicato para proteger a las trabajadoras y sus comunidades más allá de las fábricas. Recolectaron información y documentos para resolver problemas migratorios, lucharon por los derechos de las trabajadoras, proveyeron educación y promovieron el compromiso civil. ⁣⁣
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Gracias a su labor, el ILGWU y sus organizadoras también ayudaron a desarrollar los movimientos de mujeres durante el siglo XX, como el movimiento del voto femenino de los 1910s y la lucha por la enmienda de igualdad de derechos de los 1970s.⁣⁣
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#HispanicHeritageMonth

📷 Eugene Gordon, Women with banners for I.L.G.W.U. Hispanic Committee and I.L.G.W.U. International Ladies Garment Workers Union, New York City Anti-Apartheid Rally, August 13, 1985.

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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.


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