Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

Foreign Policy with David Sanger and Richard Haass

David E. Sanger
Richard N. Haass (moderator)
Mon, February 2nd, 2015 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out



Two renowned foreign policy experts return to New-York Historical to discuss the nation’s complicated involvement in contemporary world affairs and the major issues the president and other world leaders are currently tackling.

The Celestials

Karen Shepard
Wed, January 28th, 2015 | 6:30 pm


In late 19th-century New England, 75 young Chinese laborers known as “The Celestials” arrived to work in Calvin Sampson’s shoe factory in the midst of a union labor strike. Chinese-American author Karen Shepard reimagines their story and explores how the Celestials brought to light issues of cultural identity, racial tension, assimilation, and immigration.

Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter

Randall Balmer
Tue, January 27th, 2015 | 6:30 pm


Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics seem inseparable today; however in 1976, Jimmy Carter—a born-again Christian who championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice—won the presidency with the fervent support of American evangelicals. However a transformation was underway, and the political rise and fall of the nation’s 39th president coincided with the eclipse of Christian progressivism and the emergence of the Religious Right.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Eric Foner
Randall Kennedy (moderator)
Wed, January 21st, 2015 | 6:30 pm


Between 1830 and 1860, Underground Railroad operatives in New York City helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom at the hands of three unsung historical figures: Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher; and Charles B. Ray, a black minister. Distinguished scholars shed new light on the Underground Railroad, elevating it from folklore to sweeping history.

From China to America with Lisa See

Lisa See
Sat, January 17th, 2015 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

A descendant of Fong See—a Chinese immigrant who overcame adversity and became the godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown—author Lisa See draws inspiration from her heritage and provides a vivid portrait of Chinese culture and American idealism in her writing. In an intimate talk, she discusses her work and shares her family’s unique journey to attain the “American Dream.”

Presidential Leaders: Theodore Roosevelt

Douglas Brinkley
Wed, January 14th, 2015 | 6:30 pm


As the youngest person in United States history to assume the presidency, Theodore Roosevelt hit the ground running, infusing the nation’s highest office with vigor and purpose. Whether it was protecting the nation’s natural resources or boldly guiding the country onto the world stage, Roosevelt attacked issues head on, his penchant for action at times concealing his brilliant tactical mind. An accomplished Roosevelt historian sheds light on this visionary leader.

The White House: Hillary Clinton

Jonathan Alter
Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Sean Wilentz
Kati Marton (moderator)
Tue, January 13th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out



Since serving as First Lady, Hillary Clinton has forged a formidable political career that has taken her from the chambers of the U.S. Senate to the head of the Department of State. Experts explore the triumphs and tribulations that have shaped her legacy thus far and consider what is on the horizon for one of the world’s most powerful women.

From China to America: A Musical Journey with Tan Dun and Guests

Tan Dun with Bright Sheng, Zhou Long, Chen Yi
Sat, January 10th, 2015 | 7:00 pm


Joined by accomplished composers—including MacArthur Fellowship-recipient Bright Sheng, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Zhou Long, and the award-winning Chen YiTan Dun will lead a performance and discussion that weaves together a narrative of the artists’ musical journeys from China to America. The evening will also be a tribute to composer Chou Wen-chung, who invited the musicians to America and Columbia University.

Presidential Leaders: Ulysses S. Grant

John F. Marszalek
Douglas Brinkley (moderator)
Wed, January 7th, 2015 | 6:30 pm


From Commanding General to the Presidency, Ulysses S. Grant’s battles did not end with Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Two renowned historians explore the trials and triumphs of Grant as president, from his leadership of the Radical Republicans to his supervision of Reconstruction efforts to the Panic of 1873.

An Evening with Lee Grant

Lee Grant
Antonio Monda
Wed, December 10th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


By the time she was in her mid-20s, Lee Grant was a newly-married mother, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and a celebrated Broadway star—and then she lost everything. Landing on Hollywood’s infamous blacklist, Grant began a 12-year fight to reclaim her name, accepting every theater or teaching job that came her way.

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