Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 5 pm on Friday, October 31 for the DiMenna Children's History Museum Halloween party. For ticket information, click here.

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.

 

Cigar box

Object name 
Cigar box
Date 
1930
Medium 
Silver
Description 
This lavish box, an example of Tiffany & Co’s “Special Hand Work,” was presented to discerning cigar smoker Al Smith, the self-made New York politician who ascended from the Lower East Side to four terms as governor of the State of New York.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase
Object Number 
2004.49
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Common Sense

Title
Common Sense
Date 
1776
Medium 
Paper pamphlet
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Intelligence Office

Title
The Intelligence Office
Date 
1849
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
Object Number 
1959.46
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Women and the White House, Part II

Speaker: 
Kati Marton
Cokie Roberts
Gil Troy
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Tue, February 7th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

Event details

Continuing the conversation from last year’s program, we look back at the many influential and important women in the history of America’s highest elected office and discuss the impact women are having on the 2012 election. Although America has yet to elect a woman to the presidency, many women have played important parts in shaping previous presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics.

James Madison

Speaker: 
Richard Brookhiser
Benno Schmidt (moderator)
Tue, October 25th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

Co-Sponsor

Carl Menges

Event details

James Madison was one of the most influential and integral figures in American history: he collaborated on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, assembled one of the nation’s first political parties and took to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat. Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the “Father of the Constitution,” an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans’ fledgling liberty.

Broadsides

Teaser: 

The broadside collection spans the late-17th through the 21st centuries, and includes advertisements for products, services and entertainments; notices of property sales; transcriptions of public speeches; campaign announcements; calls to arms; warnings about epidemics; song lyrics and poetry. Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all 18,000 broadsides are catalogued in the Library’s online catalog.

Weight: 
3

Post Elections: The Great Divide

Speaker: 
Beverly Gage
Akhil Reed Amar
Jonathan Alter
Christopher Caldwell
Lesley Stahl
Thu, April 28th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

When Barack Obama was elected President, people across the globe anticipated the coming of a new age of American liberalism and bipartisanship. Yet two years after his inauguration, the nation is experiencing a conservative resurgence of dramatic proportions. With Republicans consistently opposing the president’s main platforms and Democrats accusing the president of being too conceding, political disharmony is crippling the legislative process.

If Elected: The Game of American Politics

Jul 4 2008 - Jan 11 2009

The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture.

Lantern, 1864. Tin, glass, paper. New-York Historical Society, Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937.585

The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture.

Thomas Brackett Reed: Czar of the Gilded Age

Speaker: 
James Grant
Beverly Gage (moderator)
Tue, June 7th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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