Big Quiz Thing: Presidents Day Edition

Mon, February 16th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

Prepare yourselves, history geniuses: NYC’s own live game show spectacular, the Big Quiz Thing, will present a multimedia live trivia game show for history buffs, in celebration of Presidents Day at the New-York Historical Society. Gather a team of friends—or join on site—and win excellent prizes and glory! For more on the Big Quiz Thing, visit

Tickets: $25 (includes two beer/wine tickets).

Science and Story: "The History of the Future"

Walter Isaacson
John Hockenberry
Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Some of the world’s greatest innovations were accidents. Some were based on mistakes. Few of them were the work of solitary geniuses or individual inventors; not the light bulb, not the telephone, not the printing press, and definitely not the computer. Innovations like the computer and the internet are far more likely to result from collaboration. And that is the story chronicled by Walter Isaacson in The Innovators.

Pre-Program Offer from Stephen STARR

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

From 5–6:45 pm, join us for fresh, original dishes from our limited-time noodle menu designed by chefs from Stephen STARR, nationally renowned for restaurants such as Buddakan, Morimoto, El Vez, and Caffè Storico. Enjoy a noodle-entrée and a Chinese-inspired cocktail or other beverage in the New-York Historical Society's Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, then enjoy a special viewing of Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion.

An Art Salon on “Chineseness”: Screening and Conversation

Yang Chihung
Agnes Hsu-Tang
Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


6-7 pm —View Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition
7-8:30 pm—Screening of Discovery Channel documentary Chineseness episode on artist Yang Chihung followed by discussion

CNN Original Series Sneak Peek

Wed, June 18th, 2014 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is FREE.
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It's All Relatives: The Science of Your Family Tree

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | 6:00 pm


On May 29, New-York Historical Society, in partnership with the seventh annual World Science Festival, presents a moderated discussion about the newest science in genetic genealogy...and its social implications. Participants include: Dr. Cathy Ball, lead geneticist for; CeCe Moore, a "citizen scientist" who now oversees the research and stories for the TV program "Finding Your Roots" on PBS; and geneticist Mark D.

Clarice Smith: Sketching in the Gallery

Fri, January 3rd, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri, January 10th, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri, January 17th, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri, January 24th, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri, January 31st, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Details

Join us in exploring the work of Clarice Smith with paper and pencil in hand!

Bill Cunningham New York

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | 6:00 pm

6 pm: Visit the exhibition Bill Cunningham: Façades
7 pm: Screening of Bill Cunningham New York

Join us for a free after-hours exhibition viewing of Bill Cunningham: Façades followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary Bill Cunningham New York—a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of the New York photographer and cultural anthropologist.

One Woman, One Vote

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How could America call itself the world’s greatest democracy, but deny the right to vote to more than half its citizens? One Woman, One Vote documents the 70-year battle for woman suffrage through the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unheard Voices

Wed, October 17th, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Event Details

We warmly invite you to Unheard Voices, a staged reading of an original collaborative work honoring the voiceless men, women and children buried at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Please join us on October 17, 2012 at 7 pm for this special inspiring performance. After the performance, there will be a discussion about the American Slavery Project collaborative and its mission to highlight these unheard stories.

Conceived by Judy Tate

Directed by Melissa Maxwell

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