Museum Open Monday

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

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.

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.

Ben Franklin and His Sister Jane

Jill Lepore
Stacy Schiff (moderator)
Tue, November 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program has been canceled because Jill Lepore has been nominated for the 2013 National Book Award, and her attendance at award-related events is mandatory the evening of November 19. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.



Who was Jane Franklin, the younger, impoverished, and obscure sister of one of the most remarkable men of his time?


Object name 
Gold, diamonds, enamel
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New-York Historical Society, Gift of Miss Cornelia Fulton Crary, through Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe
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Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Sunday Story Hour: Elizabeth Leads the Way

Free with Museum admission

Sun, March 4th, 2012 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn about one woman who stood up for what she believed in and paved the way for women voters.


Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson

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

Event details

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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