Home with Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
Bob Herbert (moderator)
Thu, April 11th, 2013 | 6:30 pm


Join us for a conversation between Bob Herbert and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison about her latest novel, Home. The book tells the story of Frank Money, an angry veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars.

The King Years

Taylor Branch
Bob Herbert (moderator)
Tue, February 26th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harry Belafonte will no longer deliver opening remarks.



In 1955, on the first night of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an untested, 26-year-old Baptist pastor made an impromptu speech that catapulted him into the public consciousness as one of the faces of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.

Reading into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground

Sun, February 24th, 2013 | 3:00 pm

Reading into History Book Wrap: Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York's African Burial Ground
Meet Co-Author Gary McGowan
Sunday, February 24, 3 pm

Ages 9 - 12

Scavenger Hunt: Celebrate James McCune Smith: Abolitionist, Physician, New Yorker

Sat, January 19th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, January 20th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon, January 21st, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday - Monday, January 19 - 21, 2013: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages 6 and up

Learn about the abolitionist who spoke up against injustice in America and discover the story of James McCune Smith, the first African-American university-trained physician practicing in 19th century New York City. This scavenger hunt will take families throughout the whole New-York Historical Society.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation with author Tonya Bolden

Mon, January 21st, 2013 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of this essential part of American history with a special reading from Author Tonya Bolden! Hear Tonya, author of Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, read from her new children’s book Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty. Tonya will also be doing a Q&A, and signing copies of her book.

The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara

Jan 18 2013 - May 5 2013

Since the 1970s Camilo Vergara has been traveling across the United States photographing and thus documenting hand-painted murals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they appeared on the walls of establishments such as car repair shops, barbershops, and fast food restaurants in city streets and alley ways. The folk art portraits have expressed how the inner-city residents saw the slain civil rights leader—at times a statesman, a hero, a visionary, or a martyr. Vergara also discovered that these images were often based on iconic photographs of Dr. King but that, depending upon the neighborhood where they were created, the portraits could take on the likeness of Latinos, Native Americans, or Asians.

Camilo José Vergara , Untitled, 2009, Frederick Douglass at West 154 th Street, Harlem, New York.  Digital c-print. Collection of the artist.

Vergara remarked about his work that “most murals and street portraits of Dr. King are ephemeral. Paint fades, businesses change hands and neighborhood demographics shift. Gradually, images reflecting the culture and values of poor communities are lost….Often, my photographs are the only lasting record of these public works of art.” This exhibition offers the opportunity to study the manner in which Martin Luther King, Jr.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: How Martin Changed the USA

Sun, January 20th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4 - 7.

Each week New-York Historical Society educators read one to two engaging picture books around a theme. The themes are related to New York City, American history, current holidays, or new exhibitions.

What ideas did Martin Luther King, Jr. share with others that changed our country’s history? Everyone can be great and anyone can make the world a more loving place—big ideas that are alive today thanks to Dr. King.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

The Thirteenth Amendment

Feb 1 2012 - Apr 30 2012

In honor of Black History Month and Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the New-York Historical Society is proud to display a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment—signed by Lincoln himself—in our Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.  The document, which was recently acquired by David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group, is on loan to the New-York Historical Society through April 1.

Abraham Lincoln. Manuscript Document Signed (“Abraham Lincoln”) as President, with his Autograph Endorsement (“Approved. February 1, 1865.”) Washington, DC, ca. February 1, 1865. Co-signed by Hannibal Hamlin as Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate, Schuyler Colfax as Speaker of the House, and John W. Forney as Secretary of the Senate. 1 p., 15 1/16 x 20 in., on lined vellum with ruled borders.

One of about thirteen manuscripts Lincoln signed in addition to the original, this copy belonged to Schuyler Colfax, House Speaker in 1863 and later Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant. According to Seth Kaller, president of Seth Kaller, Inc., who acquired the document for Mr. Rubenstein in a private transaction, and arranged its loan to New-York Historical, “this is the one that is directly traceable to a leader instrumental in the amendment’s passage. It has not been displayed in New York for more than forty years."

The Draft Riots, Part II

Edna Greene Medford
Carla L. Peterson
Barnet Schecter
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, March 15th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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In the summer of 1863, in the simmering cauldron of New York City, tensions over the new Union draft law boiled over into a vicious, bloody, racially-motivated riot, the second-largest civil insurrection in American history after the Civil War itself. Experts examine the causes of the conflict, its sickening violence and the enduring legacy it left on New York.

American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era

David W. Blight
Drew Gilpin Faust (moderator)
Thu, November 3rd, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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This program transports us to the 1963 centennial celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to explore how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. David W. Blight and Drew Gilpin Faust discuss how four of America’s most incisive writers—including Robert Penn Warren, a white southerner who recanted his support for segregation, and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist—explored the gulf between remembrance and reality.

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