Special Summer Offerings

Now through September 6th enjoy an exciting array of family programs and admission discounts for museum-goers of all ages!

St. Patrick's Eve

Grab a pint at our cash bar and tour our objects and paintings that represent the history of the Irish in New York.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:00 to 20:00
Fri, March 16th, 2012 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

On St. Patrick's Eve, we'll be hosting an evening dedicated to Irish heritage, with music, art and more. Grab a pint at Caffè Storico and tour our objects and paintings that represent the history of the Irish in New York! A map will guide you to such treasures as artist John Ramage's desk, Al Smith's cigar box, and Louis Lang’s historical painting The Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M.

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Join the Hunt! (Saturday)

  Families team up and head out with just a secret map and lots of surprise clues that take them on a trip around the museum!

Sat, 11/12/2011 - 14:00
Sat, November 12th, 2011 | 2:00 pm

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Families team up and head out with just a secret map and lots of surprise clues that take them on a trip around the museum to discover everyday life across the centuries - 1609-2011. On the move and learning all the time, you’ll find that The Hunt is a winning hour of fun and a fun way to spend an hour as a family.

Free with Family Membership or Daily Admission.

Location

Second floor classroom, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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Tales from a 19th-Century Privy

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Joan H. Geismar, Ph.D. Urban Archaeologist
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:30
Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 11:30 am

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Put on gloves, pick up a magnifying glass and sift through the stuff of life in 19th-century New York City. Join urban archaeologist Joan Geismar for a fascinating, hands-on look at the contents of the backyard privy pit of the early 19th-century James Brown Inn on Spring Street(now called the Ear Inn). Broken plates, cups and bottles, oyster shells and shoe leather are just some of the clues to how people lived in the past - what they ate, what they could buy and what they chose to buy, and what they threw away.

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The Day Line: Holiday on The Hudson

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October 16, 2005

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society

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This online collection includes over 2,000 items from 12 collections that highlight the New-York Historical Society's Civil War holdings in the Library's Manuscript Department, the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, and the Museum Division. They include manuscript correspondence, photographs, stereographs, drawings and sketches, prints, patriotic stationery, and recruiting posters.

Click here to view the full collection.

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On-Site Card Catalogs and Guides

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Card catalogs available in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library's reading room provide access to portions of the manuscript collections not yet included in the Klingenstein Library's online catalog. Separate card catalogs also exist for the newspaper and sheet music collections. Also available on-site are non-electronic finding aids, a published guide to the manuscript collection, and printed inventories of circus ephemera, church records and extensive vertical files.

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Ephemera

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The Society’s ephemera collections include lottery tickets, trade cards, billheads, tobacco labels, theater playbills and countless other types of material that were created for temporary use but have survived to illuminate everyday life and popular culture. A highlight is the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Art, assembled over a forty-year period by the tireless Mrs. Landauer (1874-1960) and arranged alphabetically into 100 product categories, such as Banking, Food, Hotels, Theatrical Enterprises, and Transportation.

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