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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🎉 Happy Birthday to the Williamsburg Bridge, which opened on December 19, 1903. At 1,600 feet long, it surpassed the Bro...
12/19/2019

🎉 Happy Birthday to the Williamsburg Bridge, which opened on December 19, 1903.

At 1,600 feet long, it surpassed the Brooklyn Bridge as the longest suspension bridge in the world by 4 ½ feet. Incredibly, the opening was captured on film by Thomas Edison!

📷: Andreas Feininger, ca. 1940.

John Corbino’s 1944 painting Carmen Jones depicts the Broadway musical-turned-Hollywood-hit of the same title. Corbino’s...
12/18/2019
Finding Women in the Archives: Carmen Jones, Broadway and Battlefield

John Corbino’s 1944 painting Carmen Jones depicts the Broadway musical-turned-Hollywood-hit of the same title.

Corbino’s abstracted rendering portrays the energy of the live performance. Yet even as Carmen Jones was marketed as a celebration of African American life and culture, the painting and the musical fail to address the discrimination African Americans faced at home and abroad during World War II.

In today's post, Center for Women's History Intern June Titus explores the distance between popular depictions and lived experiences of Black women in WWII.

#OTD: Zigzagging streets & dense concentrations of wooden buildings made early New York vulnerable to devastating fires....
12/17/2019

#OTD: Zigzagging streets & dense concentrations of wooden buildings made early New York vulnerable to devastating fires.

The catastrophic Great Fire of 1835 ignited in a dry goods store on a frigid December night. 🔥 Fueled by gale-force winds, below-freezing temperatures, and the lack of a steady
water supply, the fire burned for 2 days, devastating 52 acres of Lower Manhattan’s business district and ravaging 19 blocks and 674 buildings.

The widespread damage prompted important changes in building codes & fire prevention laws across the U.S. It also hastened debates in New York about the city’s need for a central reservoir and a professional fire department to replace its all-volunteer force. In 1865, the New York State legislature
established the Fire Department of the City of New York.

🎨: Nicolino Calyo captured the ferocity and devastation of the Great Fire of 1835 in a series of Manhattan and Brooklyn scenes. His daytime view reveals the vast amounts of merchandise destroyed by the fire.

👁️ 🏙️ #CityViewSunday as far as the eye can see!⁣⁣Take in this aerial shot of the Manhattan skyline circa 1930. Photogra...
12/15/2019

👁️ 🏙️ #CityViewSunday as far as the eye can see!⁣

Take in this aerial shot of the Manhattan skyline circa 1930. Photographer Irving Browning took this looking north from the Cities Service Building at 70 Pine Street. https://bit.ly/35ctiBm

This Weekend: Meet Huck Scarry, son of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry. Kids and their families can learn...
12/14/2019
New-York Historical Society

This Weekend: Meet Huck Scarry, son of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry.

Kids and their families can learn about growing up with Busytown, watch as Huck draws beloved characters, and draw their own favorite Busytown citizens!

We’re thrilled to host Huck Scarry, son of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry, at New-York Historical on Dec. 14 and 15, from 1–3 pm. An author and illustrator himself, Huck lives in Switzerland, but spent most of his childhood in Connecticut. He’s joining us to celebrate Richard S...

“The result is a railroad-dominated miniature city...” The New York Times shares 8 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC — ...
12/14/2019
8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend

“The result is a railroad-dominated miniature city...”

The New York Times shares 8 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC — including our Busytown #HolidayExpress!

Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

✂️ 💙 Love made her pull her hair out.⁣⁣This miniature depicts Elizabeth Brasher, also known as Mrs. John Pintard—the wif...
12/13/2019

✂️ 💙 Love made her pull her hair out.⁣

This miniature depicts Elizabeth Brasher, also known as Mrs. John Pintard—the wife of New-York Historical Society founder John Pintard. ⁣

➡️ Those woven locks of hair behind the portrait represent the couple's love for one another. ⁣

See this on view in the installation “Life Cut Short: Hamilton’s Hair and the Art of Mourning Jewelry”—on view beginning Dec. 20, 2019.⁣

🎨: John Ramage, Mrs. John Pintard (Elizabeth Brasher), 1787, Watercolor on ivory, gold, hair https://bit.ly/34cwTyD

🎻 Music to our ears...it’s #NationalViolinDay!This mystery man has a violin confidently tucked under one arm while he me...
12/13/2019

🎻 Music to our ears...it’s #NationalViolinDay!

This mystery man has a violin confidently tucked under one arm while he meets the viewer's gaze. Zoom in and learn more: https://bit.ly/2RJ5MIV

✨ Tis the season! Happy #NationalPoinsettiaDay from our Tiffany gallery! 🍃 ⁣⁣This poinsettia floor lamp (ca. 1906-1913) ...
12/12/2019

✨ Tis the season! Happy #NationalPoinsettiaDay from our Tiffany gallery! 🍃 ⁣

This poinsettia floor lamp (ca. 1906-1913) was designed by Clara Driscoll. The petals of the flowers range from pinkish red, to deep orange, and deep red. #WomenAtTheCenter

You're halfway through the week! Hope your subway car is as empty as the one in this photo. ⁣⁣📷: Frederick Kelly photogr...
12/11/2019

You're halfway through the week! Hope your subway car is as empty as the one in this photo. ⁣

📷: Frederick Kelly photograph collection, Seventh Avenue Subway Car, 1959-1976 https://bit.ly/2s1WixF

🌄 Mountains aren't funny. They're HILL AREAS. Not amused? Ok, we'll take a HIKE...to this scene from the Catskills. 😏 🎨:...
12/11/2019

🌄 Mountains aren't funny. They're HILL AREAS.

Not amused? Ok, we'll take a HIKE...to this scene from the Catskills. 😏

🎨: Thomas Hiram Hotchkiss https://bit.ly/2PFsgHY #InternationalMountainDay

The art of silhouettes—usually black cut-paper or painted profiles—emerged as a popular form of portraiture in 19th-c. A...
12/11/2019

The art of silhouettes—usually black cut-paper or painted profiles—emerged as a popular form of portraiture in 19th-c. America when there were few trained portrait painters. ⁣

“In Profile: A Look at Silhouettes” opens Jan. 17, 2020. https://bit.ly/38qbuW2 #ProfilesLive

👤: Unidentified artist, Students and teachers, selections from Miss Haines’s School silhouette series, 1859

Have you seen these birds? They are either extinct or on the verge. Learn more about the tragic loss of the Carolina Par...
12/10/2019
When is a Parakeet a Canary?

Have you seen these birds?

They are either extinct or on the verge. Learn more about the tragic loss of the Carolina Parakeet in this month’s feature in our Audubon focus gallery.

The Carolina Parakeet is featured bird in New-York Historical’s Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery. Below, curator Roberta J.M. Olson outlines the tragic story of the bird’s extinction, which became official almost 100 years ...

🎸🎶 Who was the man behind the rock & roll revolution? Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution opens on February 14, 2...
12/10/2019
New-York Historical Society | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

🎸🎶 Who was the man behind the rock & roll revolution?

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution opens on February 14, 2020!

🎟️ Reserve your tickets in advance, beginning Dec. 20, 2019. https://bit.ly/36nsJFK #BillGrahamRocks

Exhibitions Current Exhibitions Special Installations Future Exhibitions Traveling Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Past Exhibitions back Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution February 14 – August 23, 2020 About Share /visit/group-tours/reservations ...

😆 Feeling in-SPIRE-ed for #CityViewSunday?⁣⁣Hope you reach new heights this week. This view of the #ChryslerBuilding cap...
12/09/2019

😆 Feeling in-SPIRE-ed for #CityViewSunday?⁣

Hope you reach new heights this week. This view of the #ChryslerBuilding captures the upper stories, tower, and dazzling spire.⁣ Take a closer look: https://bit.ly/2qoXhaE

Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, honoring those killed in the surprise attack in Hawaii on Dec 7, 1941, p...
12/07/2019

Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, honoring those killed in the surprise attack in Hawaii on Dec 7, 1941, prompting US entry into World War II.

This photo was taken just a month later, on Jan 9, 1942, of ship workers in New York who volunteered for transfer to Pearl Harbor.

📷: World War II Photograph Collection (PR76)

🥂 Cheers! 🍹 🍷 🥃 🍸 🍺 On this day in 1933, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment — repealing the 18th Am...
12/05/2019

🥂 Cheers! 🍹 🍷 🥃 🍸 🍺 On this day in 1933, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment — repealing the 18th Amendment and ending Prohibition.

🎄 Tonight is the lighting of Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree!Though the first official ceremony was held in 1933, th...
12/04/2019

🎄 Tonight is the lighting of Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree!

Though the first official ceremony was held in 1933, the first tree went up on Dec. 24, 1931, when workers decorated a 20-ft balsam tree, then lined up to receive their paychecks (which you can see in this pic!)

🍪 What do these hieroglyphs have to do with #NationalCookieDay?They are part of a cookie mold from the 1800s! Popular fo...
12/04/2019

🍪 What do these hieroglyphs have to do with #NationalCookieDay?

They are part of a cookie mold from the 1800s!

Popular for holidays, these picture molds were used to shape gingerbread or sugar dough into the shape of good-luck charms, love allegories, or everyday objects.

In a society deeply prejudiced against the disabled, President Franklin D. Roosevelt relied on heavy leg braces to stand...
12/03/2019
New-York Historical Society | Leg brace

In a society deeply prejudiced against the disabled, President Franklin D. Roosevelt relied on heavy leg braces to stand during public appearances.

When seated, he laced smaller, leather calf braces like this one to prevent atrophy to his legs. #IDPD

Collection Highlights Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Date: 1916-1922 Object Number: 1954.164 Medium: Painted plaster SUPPORT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's hist...

Get in the holiday spirit with our exhibition of toys and trains, #HolidayExpress!To make it ✨ extra magical ✨ this year...
12/03/2019
New-York Historical Society | Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry's Busytown

Get in the holiday spirit with our exhibition of toys and trains, #HolidayExpress!

To make it ✨ extra magical ✨ this year’s installation includes Richard Scarry's Busytown characters! bit.ly/324F67z

Exhibitions Current Exhibitions Special Installations Future Exhibitions Traveling Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Past Exhibitions back Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry's Busytown November 1, 2019 – February 23, 2020 About Gallery buy butto...

One of Irving Browning’s most lauded technical achievements was capturing the entire height of the newly completed Chrys...
12/02/2019
Irving Browning's Point of View | From the Stacks

One of Irving Browning’s most lauded technical achievements was capturing the entire height of the newly completed Chrysler Building in a single frame, while his documentation of unemployed men and shantytowns during the Great Depression is both straightforward and poignant.

The Irving Browning Photograph Collection of New York City in the 1920s and '30s is now digitized.

Today on #WorldAIDSDay, we remember and mourn the lives lost to AIDS by shrouding our first floor sculpture for a #DayWi...
12/02/2019

Today on #WorldAIDSDay, we remember and mourn the lives lost to AIDS by shrouding our first floor sculpture for a #DayWithoutArt to show our support and to remind our visitors of the losses the art community suffered as a result of this epidemic. #visualaids #keepfighting

It's #MuseumStoreSunday!Families with kids can visit the #NYHistoryStore and meet Aiden the Engineer! Collect your teleg...
12/01/2019

It's #MuseumStoreSunday!

Families with kids can visit the #NYHistoryStore and meet Aiden the Engineer! Collect your telegram, then whisper the secret message it contains to a sales associate and receive a free Busytown sticker set!

✨ Empire State of Mind:⁣⁣ We know the view rocks from the observatory, but what do you think about this partial view of ...
12/01/2019

✨ Empire State of Mind:⁣⁣ We know the view rocks from the observatory, but what do you think about this partial view of the Empire State Building? Can you spot some #ArtDeco architectural details? ⁣⁣https://bit.ly/32ZX8rw #CityViewSunday ⁣

It starts tomorrow! Visit the #NYHistoryStore during #MuseumStoreSunday. Shop for unique historical and meaningful gifts...
11/30/2019

It starts tomorrow! Visit the #NYHistoryStore during #MuseumStoreSunday.

Shop for unique historical and meaningful gifts for the holidays! Get a 20% Discount (25% for museum members) and more in-store promotions.

For more offers and details visit shop.nyhistory.org

"You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ide...
11/30/2019

"You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."— #ShirleyChisholm

On November 30, 1924, "Fighting Shirley" Chisholm—the first black woman in Congress—was born in Brooklyn.

📷: Rosa Parks and Honorable Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. , ca. 1968; The Library of Congress 2015645707

Many Americans objected to the forced removals and ongoing wars against indigenous peoples on both moral and practical g...
11/29/2019

Many Americans objected to the forced removals and ongoing wars against indigenous peoples on both moral and practical grounds.

This small broadside (c. 1859) advocates for “aboriginal territories” as an alternative to unchecked expansion. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

Looking for activities for the kiddos this weekend? Plan a weekend stop at the Museum to experience #HolidayExpress Busy...
11/29/2019

Looking for activities for the kiddos this weekend?

Plan a weekend stop at the Museum to experience #HolidayExpress Busytown!

Kids hop on our custom-made Busytown benches and take photos throughout the gallery with characters like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm. Pick up an "I Spy" scavenger hunt and take your whole family on an adventure through the exhibition. Head to the NYHistory Store, where kids get a free Busytown sticker set when they say the secret code "Huckle Cat."

Learn more: https://bit.ly/324F67z

🦃 Can you imagine if the Wild Turkey was our nation's symbol instead of the Bald Eagle?It's what John James Audubon and ...
11/28/2019
Talking Turkey | Behind the Scenes

🦃 Can you imagine if the Wild Turkey was our nation's symbol instead of the Bald Eagle?

It's what John James Audubon and Benjamin Franklin wanted.

Happy Thanksgiving from this throwback blog!

Our new Audubon gallery features a favorite fall bird this month: the Wild Turkey.

For #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth read a series of posts about uncovering Two-Spirit identity.Visit the museum this weeke...
11/28/2019
Bar Chee Ampe and Beyond

For #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth read a series of posts about uncovering Two-Spirit identity.

Visit the museum this weekend before #StonewallNYHS closes on Sunday.

Uncovering Two-Spirit Identity, Part 2

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 👀 If you're a parade-watcher, make sure and keep an eye out for yours truly—every year, the annual...
11/28/2019

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 👀 If you're a parade-watcher, make sure and keep an eye out for yours truly—every year, the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade starts right at 77th Street and Central Park West.

Look, there we are!

📷: PR 157, Jerry Spagnoli Photo Collection

🚂 For all those traveling today, we wish you safe travels! ⁣⁣📷: Irving Browning, Main concourse of Grand Central Termina...
11/28/2019

🚂 For all those traveling today, we wish you safe travels! ⁣

📷: Irving Browning, Main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, New York City (detail), 1932 https://bit.ly/2Xogs0e

Looks like fun—but take note: This Thanksgiving Eve party was booze free! (Or at least, it had to be advertised as such....
11/27/2019

Looks like fun—but take note: This Thanksgiving Eve party was booze free! (Or at least, it had to be advertised as such.)

The 1933 Thanksgiving was the last major U.S. holiday celebrated during Prohibition. Just one week later on December 5, the 21st Amendment was adopted.

🎈✨ The balloons are being inflated for tomorrow’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 🥳🎉 We spot some familiar faces like a ...
11/27/2019

🎈✨ The balloons are being inflated for tomorrow’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 🥳🎉

We spot some familiar faces like a Snoopy astronaut, Green Eggs and Ham, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and more on 77th St.

How does one button symbolize 200 years of Native history?Learn the stories of Bar Chee Ampe and We’wha for Native Ameri...
11/27/2019
Bar Chee Ampe and Beyond: Uncovering Two-Spirit Identity, Part 1 - Women at the Center

How does one button symbolize 200 years of Native history?

Learn the stories of Bar Chee Ampe and We’wha for Native American Heritage Month, as well as the organization that bore their names.

See this button on view in #StonewallNYHS, closing this Sunday.

To look through the hundreds of buttons in the Lesbian Herstory Archives’ extensive collection is to be overwhelmed by the range of lesbian and queer activism over the past 50 years. From a candidate’s name to slogans like “We Are Everywhere” or “STONEW...

Please note the museum is closed to the public today for a private event. The museum will be closed tomorrow for Thanksg...
11/27/2019

Please note the museum is closed to the public today for a private event. The museum will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

Visit us on Friday and this weekend to explore all of our special exhibitions!

💪 Women's history is American history.We have a free curriculum guide to connect educators with resources that illuminat...
11/25/2019

💪 Women's history is American history.

We have a free curriculum guide to connect educators with resources that illuminate women’s contributions to American history. ✨ We just launched two new units: Settler Colonialism and the Revolution (1692-1783) and Confidence and Crises (1920–1948).

Visit wams.nyhistory.org for more! #WomenAtTheCenter

Have your holiday travel booked? Irving Browning captured this view of Grand Central Terminal and New York Central Build...
11/25/2019

Have your holiday travel booked?

Irving Browning captured this view of Grand Central Terminal and New York Central Building from 40th Street and Park Avenue in 1932. https://bit.ly/35nRdyb

👕🧦 💦  Laundry day, circa 1930? This rooftop view of tenement houses by photographer Irving Browning shows a woman hangin...
11/24/2019

👕🧦 💦 Laundry day, circa 1930? This rooftop view of tenement houses by photographer Irving Browning shows a woman hanging sheets and clothes from her fire escape. https://bit.ly/2KuQwuI #CityViewSunday

☁️ It's not all that bad, having your head in the clouds—you get a great view.⁣⁣🏙️ Today's #CityViewSunday is brought to...
11/24/2019

☁️ It's not all that bad, having your head in the clouds—you get a great view.⁣

🏙️ Today's #CityViewSunday is brought to you by photographer Irving Browning (c. 1930s). ⁣This aerial view of Manhattan looks north from 40 Wall Street. https://bit.ly/2Qwkous

👠 👀 What's your favorite spot for window shopping in the city? ⁣⁣Photographer Irving Browning snapped this shot of women...
11/22/2019

👠 👀 What's your favorite spot for window shopping in the city? ⁣

Photographer Irving Browning snapped this shot of women gazing into an I. Miller shoe store show window around 1920-1938. https://bit.ly/2KsLmiX

🐴 Giddy-up! Did you know horseback riding has been a tradition in Central Park for 150 years? ⁣⁣Central Park still allow...
11/21/2019

🐴 Giddy-up! Did you know horseback riding has been a tradition in Central Park for 150 years? ⁣

Central Park still allows horseback riding year-round. We'd be chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle. 😏 ⁣Too much? Okay, okay...we'll *rein in* our enthusiasm.

📷: Irving Browning, Couple riding horses in Central Park near the Eldorado, c. 1930s https://bit.ly/2QzN0Do #TBT

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Subway: B or C trains to 81st Street. Bus: M10 to 77th Street, M79 to 81st and Central Park West.

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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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Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(212) 873-3400

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