Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image

Speaker: 
Joshua Zeitz
Wed, June 25th, 2014 | 7:00 pm

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In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including biography, Civil War history, politics, and more.

New York 26th United States Colored Troops: Living History Days

Sat, April 5th, 2014 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free with Museum admission; all ages
Meet the men of New York’s own 26th United States Colored Troops (USCT) regiment and visit the new exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War. The USCT were regiments of the United States Army during the American Civil War and were composed of African American—“colored”—soldiers.

Civil War Living History Days with the First Long Island Volunteers

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Sun, April 13th, 2014 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with Museum admission; all ages
Stand at ease and come meet the soldiers of Company K of the 67th New York Volunteer Infantry. See military and camp gear up close, and ask these troops all about their uniforms, daily life, and their thoughts on the Civil War. And don’t forget to visit New-York Historical Society's new exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.

Uncover Civil War History Over Spring Break

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Sun, April 13th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue, April 15th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed, April 16th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu, April 17th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri, April 18th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, April 19th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, April 20th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue, April 22nd, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

April 13-22 (excluding Mondays), All day.

Free with Museum Admission.

Families explore, learn, and compete together in Civil War-themed family programs in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society's new exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.

Lost Arts Series: Quilting

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Sun, June 8th, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ages 6+ and adults
Tickets include the price of Museum Admission

People have been making quilts for hundreds of years; however quilting took on new significance during the American Civil War. Come explore the fascinating quilts in our exhibition Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War. Then create your own quilt pattern in our studio.

Homefront & Battlefield Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Nancy Druckman
Robert Shaw
Mon, June 16th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War tells the story of this conflict through textiles and artifacts, connecting deeply moving and personal stories with the broader national context. Join experts Nancy Druckman and Robert Shaw for an in-depth look at the rich works featured in this exhibition.

Homefront & Battlefield Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Lynne Zacek Bassett
Mon, April 14th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War tells the story of this conflict through textiles and artifacts, connecting deeply moving and personal stories with the broader national context. This is the first tour of the exhibition in a series of three.

Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

The Civil War Draft Riots Walking Tour

Speaker: 
Barnet Schecter
Sun, April 13th, 2014 | 11:00 am

Note: This event is sold out

 

Robert A. Caro on the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Speaker: 
Robert A. Caro
Mon, April 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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“It’s time to write it into the books of law.”
–President Lyndon B. Johnson

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson pushed through a southern-dominated congress a civil rights act that, a century after the Civil War, formally outlawed racial discrimination in America. Robert A. Caro examines Johnson’s legislative genius and the heroism of the civil rights workers in the South, who greatly contributed to this monumental achievement.

The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War

Speaker: 
James Oakes
Edna Greene Medford
Thu, June 5th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harold Holzer is no longer able to participate in this program.

 

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Many pre-Civil War antislavery proponents advocated for peaceful abolition: if slave states were surrounded by free states, mass numbers of slaves would be compelled to escape, the Southern economy would be undermined, and voluntary state abolition would be imminent.

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