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.

Great Battles of the Civil War: The Wilderness and Beyond

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Wed, May 28th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

This program has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.

 

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The forests of Virginia literally erupted into flames during the 1864 battles for the Wilderness, as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee engaged in a horrific combat in early May.

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

Speaker: 
Michael Korda
Tue, May 27th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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A remarkable military leader, Robert E. Lee was a likely candidate to take charge of the Union Army in 1861. However, compelled by a love of his home state of Virginia, this principled man, who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, pitted himself against an army he served for 36 years. Bestselling author Michael Korda explores this compelling figure, who, as the leading Confederate General, provided the Union with a most fierce adversary.

Great Battles of the Civil War: Fredericksburg

Speaker: 
John F. Marszalek
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Wed, May 21st, 2014 | 6:30 pm

 

This program has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.

 

The Civil War in 50 Objects, Part II

Speaker: 
Eric Foner
Thu, May 1st, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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Explore the unsurpassed Civil War collections of the New-York Historical Society in another lively, vividly illustrated look inside history through rare pictures, one-of-a-kind relics, bizarre curiosities, and iconic talismans of the rebellion—including prison art and soldier diaries, secret de-coding devices, home-front charity fair souvenirs, political tokens, and unique, first-hand testimony about the Lincoln assassination.

Great Battles of the Civil War: Shiloh

Speaker: 
John F. Marszalek
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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The first momentous battle of the West launched Ulysses S. Grant as a new Union hero—but came perilously close to ending with a Confederate victory. Shiloh also raised the bar on battlefield bloodshed: at the time, April 1862, it was the deadliest encounter of the entire Civil War. Leading Civil War historians discuss every aspect of the two-day battle—from strategies to casualties, miracles to miscalculations.

Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte: Quilts: The Memory of the US Civil War

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Sat, May 10th, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Welcome!
The New-York Historical Society invites you to participate in educational activities for families in Spanish. Come with your children ages four to ten to our educational programs about the history and art of New York. In the galleries we will chat about different themes, and children will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy themselves making drawings with watercolors and pastels, collages, and sculptures. Classes include art materials.

Gettysburg: The Aftermath

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
John F. Marszalek
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, February 6th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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The epic Battle of Gettysburg did not end the Civil War as Abraham Lincoln had hoped. In fact, the conflict lasted another two years, and more soldiers died after Gettysburg than before. Three Civil War historians explore what Union and Confederate commanders East and West, land and sea did next—and what they should have done.

Grant Takes Vicksburg

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
John F. Marszalek
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, January 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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On July 4, 1863, Maj. Gen. Grant’s 47-day siege of Vicksburg ended with the surrender of the Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton, thus removing one of the only remaining Rebel strongholds on the Mississippi River. Three of the nation’s foremost Civil War historians discuss the operations that made up one of the most remarkable military campaigns of the American Civil War.

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

Speaker: 
Allen C. Guelzo
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Wed, December 18th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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Why does the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863) still resonate in the hearts and minds of Americans 150 years later? Allen C. Guelzo depicts this momentous battle with both terror and reverence, relating the true grittiness behind the lines, the daily lives of horrified civilians, and the role of politics in military tactics.

Great Generals

Speaker: 
Jean Edward Smith
Lewis Sorley
Sat, December 14th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

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