To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Sherrilyn Ifill
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Fri, January 10th, 2014 | 7:00 pm


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.

The White House Series: First Mothers

Cokie Roberts
Gil Troy
Elizabeth Mehren
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Wed, February 26th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out



Many remarkable mothers have given birth to American presidents, and as a result, helped shape the course of history through their relationships. Although America has yet to elect a female President, many women have played important parts in shaping presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics. To celebrate the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913, four experts discuss past First Mothers who have influenced a nation.

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Fight for Black Equality

David Levering Lewis
Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
Wed, February 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


An accomplished scholar and outspoken activist, W.E.B. Du Bois fought racism and discrimination from local institutions to the highest levels of government.

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

Debora Spar
Louise Mirrer (moderator)
Sat, February 8th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30–11 am: Discussion

Over fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with an aim to rectify the imbalances between women and men in the workforce. But how far have women really come? Debora Spar, the president of one of the most esteemed all-women schools in the nation, examines the difficult choices and enduring challenges that continue to confront women today.

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years Gallery Tour

Jean Ashton
Mon, June 10th, 2013 | 11:00 am


Jean Ashton leads a gallery tour exploring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.


Jean Ashton is Senior Director, Resources and Programs at the New-York Historical Society and curator of AIDS in New York: The First Five Years.

Larry Kramer and The Normal Heart

Larry Kramer
Tony Kushner (moderator)
Wed, June 26th, 2013 | 6:30 pm


Debuting in 1985, Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart encapsulated the fear, confusion, and outrage of the early years of the HIV/ AIDS crisis in New York City. In conjunction with the exhibition AIDS in New York: The First Five Years, this special program reflects on this critical period and the play’s lasting significance.

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

Jun 7 2013 - Sep 15 2013

For those who lost partners, children, siblings, parents, and friends to HIV/AIDS in the later years of the twentieth century, the memory of grief, fear, and mystery which pervaded New York at the beginning of the epidemic remains vivid. But for many New Yorkers and others today, this early period from 1981 to 1985 is virtually unknown. The activist movements that changed the nation’s approach to catastrophic disease have overshadowed the panic of this period when a new and fatal enemy to public health was in its earliest stages and no one knew how to combat it.

A group advocating AIDS research marches down Fifth Avenue during the 14th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride parade in New York, June 27, 1983. Mario Suriani/Associated Press

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York.


The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara

Jan 18 2013 - May 5 2013

Since the 1970s Camilo Vergara has been traveling across the United States photographing and thus documenting hand-painted murals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they appeared on the walls of establishments such as car repair shops, barbershops, and fast food restaurants in city streets and alley ways. The folk art portraits have expressed how the inner-city residents saw the slain civil rights leader—at times a statesman, a hero, a visionary, or a martyr. Vergara also discovered that these images were often based on iconic photographs of Dr. King but that, depending upon the neighborhood where they were created, the portraits could take on the likeness of Latinos, Native Americans, or Asians.

Camilo José Vergara , Untitled, 2009, Frederick Douglass at West 154 th Street, Harlem, New York.  Digital c-print. Collection of the artist.

Vergara remarked about his work that “most murals and street portraits of Dr. King are ephemeral. Paint fades, businesses change hands and neighborhood demographics shift. Gradually, images reflecting the culture and values of poor communities are lost….Often, my photographs are the only lasting record of these public works of art.” This exhibition offers the opportunity to study the manner in which Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nueva York (1613–1945)

Nueva York (1613 – 1945) explores how New York's long and deep involvement with Spain and Latin America has affected virtually every aspect of the city's development, from commerce, manufacturing and transportation to communications, entertainment and the arts. Bringing together New York's oldest museum (New-York Historical Society) and its leading Latino cultural institution (El Museo del Barrio), Nueva York spans more than three centuries of history: from the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s to the present day, as represented by a specially commissioned documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns.

Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson

Susan Hertog
Wed, November 16th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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Dorothy Thompson was the first female head of a European news bureau, and a columnist and commentator whom Time magazine once ranked alongside Eleanor Roosevelt as the most influential woman in America. Rebecca West blazed a trail for herself as a journalist, literary critic, novelist and historian.

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