Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti: Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint Domingo; with its Ancient and Modern State

Title
An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti: Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint Domingo; with its Ancient and Modern State
Date 
ca. 1805
Medium 
Book
Description 
Engraving of Toussaint Louverture, the military genius, economic czar and lawgiver of the slave insurrection that led to Haitian independence.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803)

Title
Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803)
Date 
after 1832
Medium 
Watercolor on ivory
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
Object Number 
1956.123
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Haitian Declaration of Independence

Title
Haitian Declaration of Independence
Date 
1804
Description 
The only known surviving copy of the first printing of the Haitian Declaration of Independence (1804, National Archives, London), recently discovered and exhibited here to the public for the first time.
Credit Line 
On loan from the National Archives, UK
Object Number 
CO 1371111
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Thomas Clarkson's African Box

Title
Thomas Clarkson's African Box
Description 
Chest with various contents.
Credit Line 
Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn: Gallery Tour 2

Speaker: 
Valerie Paley
Mon, December 12th, 2011 | 11:00 am

Event details

The new pathbreaking exhibition Revolution! compares three globally influential revolutions in America, France and Haiti. Join curator Valerie Paley for an exploration of the origins of the revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and self-rule. See the British Stamp Act that imposed the taxes that enraged colonial Americans, along with rare images from the first successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

American and Haitian Revolutions and the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Speaker: 
David Brion Davis
Peter P. Hinks
Richard J. M. Blackett
David W. Blight (moderator)
Thu, November 17th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

Event details

The late 18th and early 19th centuries were a time of upheaval and revolution. In conjunction with the new exhibition, Revolution!, historians examine the tumultuous 30-year period which saw the American and Haitian Revolutions and the end of the transatlantic slave trade to the U.S. and the British colonies. How were these events related and what forces combined to effect so much social change in such a short span?

Heart of Haiti: Music and Spoken Word

Speaker: 
Tiga Jean-Baptiste
Millery Polyné
Gina Athena Ulysse
Fri, January 20th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

Bank of America Presents the Friday Free Performance Series at the New-York Historical Society

 

Event details

A free performance of music and spoken word from the heart of Haiti, organized in conjunction with the Symposium, "The Age of Revolution: A Whole History." Musical performance: Tiga Jean-Baptiste & Tchaka, Spoken word performances: Millery Polyné and Gina Athena Ulysse.

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn

Nov 11 2011 - Apr 15 2012

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn is the first exhibition to relate the American, French and Haitian revolutions as a single, global narrative. Spanning decades of enormous political and cultural changes, from the triumph of British imperial power in 1763 to the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, Revolution! traces how an ideal of popular sovereignty, introduced through the American fight for independence, soon sparked more radical calls for a recognition of universal human rights, and set off attacks on both sides of the Atlantic against hereditary privilege and slavery. It also recounts the famed careers of such revolutionaries as Thomas Paine, Jean-Baptiste Belley and Dominique Toussaint L’Overture.

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussey-Trioson, Jean-Baptiste Belley, 1797. Oil on canvas. Chateau de Versailles.  Photo Credit : Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

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Highlights among the 300 objects in Revolution! include:

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