The Civil War in 50 Objects

May 14, 2013
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September 01, 2013

Select objects from the new book The Civil War in 50 Objects—by Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society, with an introduction by Eric Foner—will be featured in a rotating installation throughout the New-York Historical Society. These objects, many rare or unpublished, offer a fascinating examination of the event that changed the course of American history.

Draft Wheel, ca. 1863. Wood, metal. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Frederic C. Wagner, 1865.6.

Visitors will receive an installation guide to inspire their exploration of the specific artifacts and artworks on display at any time, most of which are located in our Luce Center.

Civil War in 50 Objects Family Scavenger Hunt

Ongoing Display
1 Slave Shackles Intended for a Child, The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery
4 The Slave Auction (sculpture), The Luce Center
6 John Brown's Blessing (painting,) The Luce Center
7 Right Hand of Abraham Lincoln (sculpture,) The Luce Center
15 Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War (painting), Grand staircase
16 The Lincoln Family in 1861, The Luce Center
17 Snare Drum, The Luce Center
18 Thoughts of the Future (Thoughts of Liberia, Emancipation) (painting), The Luce Center
19 Half Model of the U.S.S. "Monitor", The Luce Center
21 An Episode of the War-the Cavalry Charge of Lt. Henry B. Hidden (painting), The Luce Center
31 Draft wheel, The Luce Center
33 Footlocker with Belongings, The Luce Center
41 Colored Troops Before Richmond; Medal, The Luce Center

On View Mid-Summer
5 "John Brown" Pike, The Luce Center, June 14, 2013 - ongoing
10 Flag, The Luce Center, June 14, 2013—ongoing
11 Confederate Palmetto Flag, The Cabinet Gallery, June 14—September 1, 2013
12 A Great Rush. Cost what it may, the Nation must be Saved! 36th Regiment New York Volunteers (lithograph poster), Library Display, August 19—September 15, 2013
13 Zouave Uniform, The Luce Center, June 14, 2013—ongoing
23 Military Buttons Mounted on Card, The Cabinet Gallery, June 14—September 1, 2013
29 Arrival at Chickasaw Bayou of Jefferson Davis' Negroes from his Plantation on the Mississippi Below Vicksburg, Mississippi (drawing), The Cabinet Gallery, June 14—September 1, 2013
36 Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822-1885) (painting), The Luce Center, June 14, 2013—ongoing
43 Campaign flag, The Cabinet Gallery, June 14—September 1, 2013
48 Framed leaves from Abraham Lincoln's Bier, The Cabinet Gallery, June 14—September 1, 2013

Library Display
2 Daguerreotype of Caesar: A Slave, Library Display, May 13, 2013- June 23, 2013
8 To the People of Louisiana, Their Executive and Representatives Greeting (broadside), Library Display, June 24—July 21, 2013
9 South-Western Angle of Fort Sumpter, Charleston Harbor, SC (photograph), Library Display, July 22—August 18, 2013
14 Letter from Howard Cushing Wright to His Mother, Library Display, Dates TBD
20 Cipher Key (document), Library Display, Dates TBD
22 Diary of William Rothert, Library Display, Dates TBD
24 Petition to Abraham Lincoln for Recruitment of Black Troops (document), Library Display, Dates TBD
25 By the President of the United States, A Proclamation (document,) Library Display, Dates TBD
26 Writing the Emancipation Proclamation (etching), Library Display, Dates TBD
27 Men of Color, to Arms! (broadside) Library Display, Dates TBD
28 Emily J. Semmes to Paul Jones Semmes (letter) Library Display, Dates TBD
30 The Daily Citizen (newsprint on wallpaper), Library Display, Dates TBD
32 Bible Used at Colored Orphan Asylum, Library Display, Dates TBD
34 The First Dixie Reader (book), Library Display, Dates TBD
35 Presentation Address of the Ladies of the City of New York to the Officers and Men of the Twentieth United States Colored Troops (document), Library Display, Dates TBD
37 Entry Ticket for the New York Metropolitan Fair, Library Display, Dates TBD
38 Photograph Album Presented to Major M.S. Euen by Co. C, P.P., Library Display, Dates TBD
39 Entries from the Diary of George Templeton Strong, Library Display, Dates TBD
40 Point Lookout Sketches, Library Display, Dates TBD
42 The Miscegenation Ball (lithograph), Library Display, Dates TBD
44 Projection of November 1864 Election (document), Library Display, Dates TBD
45 Prison Times (newspaper), Library Display, Dates TBD
46 Terms of Surrender (document), Library Display, Dates TBD
47 Letter from Clara Harris to Mary, Library Display, Dates TBD
49 Autograph Letter from Joe W. Mersereau to WIlliam Oland Bourne, Library Display, Dates TBD
50 The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (manuscript), Library Display, Dates TBD

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Revolutionary Tales

Sun, 06/30/2013 - 11:30
Sun, June 30th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Prepare for our nation’s birthday by guessing which silly tall tales about our founding fathers are true or not in Lane Smith’s John, Paul, George & Ben, then hear an extraordinary true story about how a bookseller helped chase the British army out of Boston during the Revolutionary War.

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Mermaids on Parade

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 11:30
Sun, June 23rd, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Where can you flip your fins and jump, dance, and stroll? Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, of course! Celebrate summer by learning about this artistic parade’s history.

Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg

 

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Cool City Dads

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 11:30
Sun, June 16th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Do you know how to scat? If not, then learn all about vocal improvisation from Cool Daddy Rat! If so, then show off your skills during this jazzy, call-and-response storytime!

Cool Daddy Rat by Kristyn Crow

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Hit the Road

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 11:30
Sun, June 9th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Put New York in your rear-view mirror, and rhyme your way across the country with Jack Kerouac as he answers the call to “Hit the Road!”

Hit the Road, Jack by Robert Burleigh

 

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Subway Hijinks

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:30
Sun, June 2nd, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Share your own subway adventures after reading about a sparrow that flies aboard the D train, then try to guess what the next stop is on My Subway Ride!

Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torres

My Subway Ride by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender

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Reading Into History Book Wrap Event: The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 15:30
Wed, July 24th, 2013 | 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 24, 3:30 pm
Free with Museum admission. Ages 9-12. 

Come discuss the historical fiction novel The Brooklyn Nine with baseball historian Erik Miklich from www.19cbaseball.com. After we talk about the book, we’ll toss the ball around like they did 100 years ago—no gloves allowed!

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

Speaker: 
Catherine Wyler
Lesley Stahl
Fri, 04/19/2013 - 19:00
Fri, April 19th, 2013 | 7:00 pm

TICKETS

Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Play Ball!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 11:30
Sun, April 28th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Now that baseball season is in full swing, learn about one of the most moving moments in baseball history: when “Pee Wee” Reese supported his new teammate Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era.

Teammates by Peter Golenbock
Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.
 

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You Are Here!

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 11:30
Sun, November 13th, 2011 | 11:30 am

Event Details

From the 17th century to the 21st, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

Explore wayfinding, a room-sized map, and what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago in these stories about maps.

Free with museum admission. Please check back for information on upcoming story tellers and stories.

Location

Barbara K. Lipman Children's Library, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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