Museum Open Monday

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

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

Speaker: 
Joseph J. Ellis
Stacy Schiff (moderator)
Tue, June 11th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

Joseph J. Ellis and Stacy Schiff examine a crescendo moment in American history: the summer of 1776. The summer represented the most dramatic few months in the story of our country’s founding, when the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire while Britain dispatched the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic.

Le General Washington

Title
Le General Washington
Date 
1780
Medium 
Paper engraving
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.

Notes on the State of Virginia

Title
Notes on the State of Virginia
Date 
1785
Medium 
Book
Description 
Thomas Jefferson’s copy of Notes on the State of Virginia, his only book, inscribed to the Abbé Morellet, and used by the latter to make the first French translation.
Credit Line 
Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
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.

Vue de l'incendie de la ville du Cap Français

Title
Vue de l'incendie de la ville du Cap Français
Date 
1795
Medium 
Engraving on paper
Credit Line 
Conseil général de la Martinique, Archives départementales
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.

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.

New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War

Slavery ended in New York State in 1827, yet this victory did not sever the city's connections to enslaved labor. New York City capitalized on the expanding trade in southern cotton and sugar to become the leading American port, a global financial center, and a hotbed of pro-slavery politics.At the same time, it nurtured a determined anti-slavery movement. In less than half a century, abolitionists convinced many northerners that American slavery could not be reconciled with American freedom. Conflict between the two sides, one favorable to slavery and one opposed, was all but inevitable.
New York Divided, the second of two major exhibits, draws from the New-York Historical Society's rich collection to explore the turbulent half-century of the city's history with southern slavery.

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