Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Speaker: 
Fred Kaplan
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Tue, June 10th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

A progressive statesman and an outspoken opponent of slavery, many of John Quincy Adams’s beliefs foreshadowed those of Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party. Unlike Lincoln, however, the sixth President of the United States has been largely overlooked by modern Americans. Drawing on unpublished archival material, biographer Fred Kaplan shines new light on the legacy of this visionary leader.

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Speaker: 
Robert M. Gates
David Gregory (moderator)
Tue, January 14th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

In his first major book event and his only New York stop in a national tour, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers a behind-the-scenes account of his service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama while the nation was embroiled in two difficult wars.

Advise & Consent (1962)

Speaker: 
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel Alito
Philip C. Bobbitt
Fri, November 15th, 2013 | 7:00 pm

TICKETS

Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Speaker: 
Harold Holzer
Ron Simon
Fri, March 8th, 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).

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Speaker: 
Harold Holzer
Ron Simon
Fri, March 1st, 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).

Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Speaker: 
Elliott Abrams
Tue, March 5th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

How did the Bush Administration’s policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict evolve in the years following 9/11? Why did the peace negotiations fail? Elliott Abrams, a former White House deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, provides an insider’s account of the Bush Administration’s crucial role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Grant and Sherman

Speaker: 
John F. Marszalek
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, April 2nd, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman were two of the most famous — and some might say infamous — generals of the American Civil War. Two historians gather to discuss the lives, careers, and complicated legacies of Grant and Sherman.

The Great Degeneration

Speaker: 
Niall Ferguson
Wed, June 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

Slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behavior — what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions are degenerating and that to slow the degeneration of the West’s once dominant civilization will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

SPEAKER BIOS

Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University and the author of many books, including The Great Degeneration.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order

Speaker: 
Richard N. Haass
Roger Hertog (moderator)
Tue, June 4th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

In the twenty-first century, the world seems in constant crisis. In his new book, Richard N. Haass argues that only by getting its own house in order can the United States reclaim its role as the primary director of global events and maintain that role in a world of unprecedented chaos.

The Roberts Court

Speaker: 
Marcia Coyle
Linda Greenhouse (moderator)
Tue, May 14th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

The Roberts Court sits at the center of a constitutional maelstrom. Two of the most prestigious Supreme Court experts discuss its direction under Chief Justice Roberts and trace the paths of recent landmark decisions on race, guns, immigration, campaign finance, and health care.

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