Macy's Sunday Story Time: Election Day

Sun, 11/03/2013 - 11:30
Sun, November 3rd, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Follow Grace’s campaign as she seeks to earn enough electoral votes to become the first girl to be President of her school (and someday, the United States!).

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

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

 

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The Patriarch, Part II: Joe and Jack Kennedy

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David Nasaw
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 18:30
Tue, March 12th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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Celebrated historian David Nasaw returns to continue his discussion of Joseph P. Kennedy, the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. In part two, Professor Nasaw focuses on Kennedy’s relationship with his son John F. Kennedy, who resurrected the family’s political reputation and captured the imagination of a generation.

SPEAKER BIOS

David Nasaw is a professor of history at the CUNY Graduate Center and the author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.

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If Elected: Campaigning For The Presidency

June 22, 2004
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November 03, 2004

In August and September, 2004, New York City will host the Republican Party's national convention for the first time in its history. The New-York Historical Society will mark that occasion, and this year's presidential election, with an exhibition that examines the history of American presidential elections since the time of George Washington, through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture. If Elected: Campaigning for the Presidency will be on view from June 22 through November 3, 2004.

 

The exhibition examines a wide spectrum of presidential campaign artifacts dating back to the late 18th century. In an age saturated with electronic and print media, we easily lose sight of the central role that banners, badges, mugs, plates, bandannas and countless other sorts of ephemera have played as vehicles for signifying political loyalties and inspiring voter support. Guided by interpretive texts, visitors will see the development of favored presidential mythologies, the introduction of new forms of persuasion, and the changing campaign issues that voters have faced during the past two hundred years. Objects will be drawn primarily from Historical Society collections. Exhibition materials will include broadsides and sheet music from the New-York Historical Society Library; posters from the Department of Prints, Photographs & Architecture; and a wide variety of campaign memorabilia from the Historical Society's Museum, including lapel buttons, parade lanterns, ribbons, flags, banners and miscellaneous objects such as a log cabin whiskey bottle, necktie, thimble, textiles and tee-shirts bearing slogans. New media will be exploited extensively to underline the burgeoning use of radio, television and the Internet in presidential campaigns during the past seventy years.

CAMPAIGNS ON COTTON

A special component, Campaigns on Cotton will explore the phenomenon of political textiles with a display of approximately seventy-five examples drawn from the Society's premier collection, supplemented by several loans from the Yale University Art Gallery and private collections. Organized into five sections, Campaigns on Cotton will proceed chronologically, charting presidential campaigns from 1789 to 2004, while exploring the changing uses of kerchiefs to promote candidates and their causes. Examples range from a rare pre-presidential one promoting George Washington, to one commissioned recently touting the campaign of George W. Bush.

Broadsides

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The broadside collection spans the late-17th through the 21st centuries, and includes advertisements for products, services and entertainments; notices of property sales; transcriptions of public speeches; campaign announcements; calls to arms; warnings about epidemics; song lyrics and poetry. Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all 18,000 broadsides are catalogued in the Library’s online catalog.

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If Elected: The Game of American Politics

July 04, 2008
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January 11, 2009

The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture.

Lantern, 1864. Tin, glass, paper. New-York Historical Society, Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937.585

The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture. A wide spectrum of 19th and 20th century presidential campaign memorabilia from New-York Historical's Museum will be displayed, including lapel buttons, parade lanterns, ribbons, flags, banners, whiskey bottles, neckties, thimbles, handkerchiefs and bandanas, board games, hats worn by the candidates and a dress worn by an Eisenhower supporter in 1956. These provocative objects illustrate the many forms of political persuasion that have been used over the past two centuries and reveal much about the nation's changing election issues, prevailing political decorum, and the characteristics that Americans value in their leaders. In our age, saturated with electronic and print media, it is easy to lose sight of the central role that these large and small campaign materials played as vehicles for signifying political loyalties and inspiring voter support.

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