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Citizen Founders: Ratification, the People Debate the Constitution, 1787–1788

Speaker: 
Pauline Maier
Jack Rakove
Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Tue, 11/09/2010 - 18:30
Tue, November 9th, 2010 | 6:30 pm

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The American Constitution is our nation's most important document and the battle to ratify it was a crucial turning point in American history. Three experts recall a nearly 225-year-old debate that raged in homes, taverns, and convention halls across the new nation and discuss the key players who fought for and against ratification.

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$20
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$10
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Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803)

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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.

Special '21' Club Breakfast & Talk - A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

Speaker: 
Aaron L. Friedberg
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 08:00
Mon, November 28th, 2011 | 8:00 am

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Join us at New York’s landmark ‘21’ Club for this singular program, which includes a breakfast and lecture for $65 (members $55). Book signing with author to follow.

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$65
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$55
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George Washington’s New York: Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan 2

Speaker: 
Barnet Schecter
Sat, 10/15/2011 - 11:00
Sat, October 15th, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Note: This event is sold out.

 

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$24
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$12
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Civil War at Sea

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, 12/13/2011 - 18:30
Tue, December 13th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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For generations, Civil War military history has focused heavily on the land war, the big battles and on the heroes of the Union and Confederate armies. But the neglected story of the war’s landmark naval engagements, and its great naval heroes, ranks among the most compelling and dramatic in American history. Through both technology and old-fashioned gallantry, on oceans and rivers alike, at places like Hampton Roads, New Orleans, Mobile Bay and even Cherbourg, France, commanders like Farragut, Porter and Semmes changed the course of the war.

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$24
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$12
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Civilization: The West and the Rest

Speaker: 
Niall Ferguson
Thu, 12/08/2011 - 18:30
Thu, December 8th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property, democracy, medicine, consumerism and work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Mr. Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.

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$24
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$12
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Living History Days: Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration (Friday)

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st New York Regiment and Infanterie Regiment von Donop

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 10:00
Fri, November 25th, 2011 | 10:00 am

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History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century? On November 25th, meet key players of the American Revolution, including George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette. Members of the 1st New York Regiment will fill the halls with period music throughout the day. Living History Days are produced in conjunction with the exhibition, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.

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New-York Historical Society Grand Re-opening Weekend Celebration (Saturday)

Celebrate the New-York Historical Society's Grand Reopening with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, the 3rd New York Regiment of Long Island and Captain Mott's Artillery Company.

Sat, 11/12/2011 - 10:00
Sat, November 12th, 2011 | 10:00 am

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History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century?

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Military Collections

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Documenting the greatest triumphs of the nation and some of its darkest days, the manuscript collections contain rich sources on military history stretching from the French and Indian War through World War II. Collections are wide ranging and include the letters and pocket diaries of common soldiers, the official and private papers of commanding officers, and official documentation such as orderly books, muster rolls and regimental records. Within this vast subject are the papers of men such as Horatio Gates, Alexander McDougall, Richard Varick, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Franz Sigel, David E. Cronin, G. Creighton Webb and James Harbord. Among the groups and organizations represented are the 7th Regiment, the United States Military Philosophical Society, the Union Defense Committee of the City of New York and the Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War. Of particular note is also the Naval History Society Collection which captures the history of the American Navy from the American Revolution through the Civil War and contains a collection of John Barry manuscripts as well as the papers of Gustavus V. Fox, John Ericsson, Henry A. Wise and many other significant naval figures.

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WWII & NYC

October 05, 2012
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May 27, 2013

The Second World War (1939–1945) was the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history. WWII & NYC is an account of how New York and its metropolitan region contributed to Allied victory. The exhibition also explores the captivating, sobering, and moving stories of how New Yorkers experienced and confronted the challenges of “total war.”
Want to see everything—from lectures to films to behind-the-scenes stories—related to WWII & NYC? Click here to visit the WWII & NYC site!

Irving Boyer, Prospect Park, ca. 1942–1944. Oil on academy board. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Selwyn L. Boyer, from the Boyer Family Collection, 2002.49

When war broke out in 1939, New York was a cosmopolitan, heavily immigrant city, whose people had real stakes in the global conflict and strongly held opinions about whether or not to intervene. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 brought the U.S. into the war, and New York became the principal port of embarkation for the warfront. The presence of troops, the inflow of refugees, the wartime industries, the dispatch of fleets, and the dissemination of news and propaganda from media outlets, changed New York, giving its customary commercial and creative bustle a military flavor. Likewise, the landscape of the city acquired a martial air, as defenses in the harbor were bolstered, old forts were updated, and the docks became high security zones.

The exhibition examines the experiences of New Yorkers on the home front and those who served. In New York City, workers mobilized to assist in wartime production, from shipbuilding at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to uniform manufacturing at Brooks Brothers. Families grew victory gardens and dealt with the challenges of rationing. Military training camps sprang up throughout the city, and nightclubs and theaters opened their doors to the droves of servicemen passing through. Each day in the crowded port a logistical miracle occurred. Sixty-three million tons of supplies and 3,300,000 men shipped out from New York Harbor—at war’s height, a ship left every 15 minutes. 900,000 New Yorkers served in the military; twelve of their stories are told through individual profiles, and in a 20-minute film shot by a Signal Corps combat cameraman trained in Queens.

Installed throughout all floors of the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition features more than 400 images and objects, including artifacts, paintings, maps, photographs, posters, music, radio broadcasts, and thirteen short films made for the exhibit, many featuring interviews with actual participants. The exhibition draws upon extensive collections at the New-York Historical Society and on important loans from the US Navy, the Museum of WWII, Boston, the Smithsonian Institution, the Mariners’ Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other institutions.

West Gallery

War for Civil Rights describes a “Double V” campaign waged by African Americans during WWII, which argued that the black men and women who fought for victory abroad deserved full civil rights and victory over racism at home. The exhibit, comprised of photographs, posters, and two new short films, focuses on three aspects of the Double V campaign in New York City: the Negro Freedom Rallies; the fight against Red Cross blood segregation; and the effort to integrate the Stuyvesant Town housing development.

Cabinet Gallery

GI Sketch Diary: Ben Brown’s World War II Drawings features the artwork of Bronx-raised Ben Brown, a corporal who fought in North Africa and in the bitter and bloody Italian campaign. Brown carried sketchbooks with him throughout his time on the front. The sketches seen in this exhibit—a fraction of the art Brown produced during the war— illustrates his experiences and the people and places he encountered.

Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History

Several World War II-related displays can be found in The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Small objects from the home front, including jewelry, matchbooks, and games, are on view in cases embedded in the floor. Six video columns feature a slideshow of images, including battlefront photographs, recruitment posters, patriotic textiles, among others. And the monumental History Showcase exhibit displays wartime uniforms and related posters.

Lowlight Gallery

Visualizing Liberty and Democracy: The Four Freedoms, December 14, 2012 through January 1, 2013. Almost a year before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the United States into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress in a State of the Union speech. The president spoke of threatened international security and articulated the hope for a new world order founded upon four essential human freedoms: the freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of worship; the freedom from want; and the freedom from fear. The Four Freedoms, as they immediately came to be known, provided a facile explanation to Americans about their country’s ultimate participation in the war. Yet by 1942, only one-third of the public was familiar with what they were. Unable to serve his country in other ways, the artist Norman Rockwell became driven to illustrate Roosevelt’s vision. The Manhattan-born, Vermont transplant specialized in commercially popular, sentimental scenes of small-town life, and his four paintings of each “freedom” were no exception. Rockwell’s series succeeded in making the American public visualize Roosevelt’s lofty rhetoric, and helped them to understand what the world was fighting for. Today, The Four Freedoms endure as four of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic works, and also offer a lesson in World War II ideology and propaganda.

Luce Center

A display in the Luce Center highlights the role of the New-York Historical Society during WWII. The exhibit includes information and objects from staff members who went to war; ephemera and photographs from wartime exhibitions; acquisitions collected during and after the war; and insight into the changes made throughout the museum to adapt to the war.

 

WWII & NYC was made possible, in part, by:

Bernard & Irene Schwartz
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Eric & Fiona Rudin
Jack & Susan Rudin
Elizabeth B. Dater & Wm. Mitchell Jennings, Jr.
Ruth & Harold Newman
Ernest Tollerson
Laurie & Sy Sternberg
Charles Rosenblum
The Weiler Family

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The New-York Historical Society is grateful to New York City Councilmember
Gale A. Brewer for her support.

Support for the exhibition publication was generously provided by
Futhermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund

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