Museum Open Monday

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

December 15, 1837: George B. Post, architect of the New York...
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:07am

December 15, 1837: George B. Post, architect of the New York Stock Exchange and the campus of City College, is born in New York City. Pediment detail, New York Stock Exchange. New-York Historical...

What do you think of this year’s Rockefeller Center...
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8:05pm

What do you think of this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree? Take a look back at the first one at blog.nyhistory.org. “December 24, 1931 — Our first Christmas Tree on the site of the French...

December 4, 1783: General Washington bids an emotional farewell...
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:32am

December 4, 1783: General Washington bids an emotional farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan. Fraunce’s Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, SE on Front Street, n.d. New-York Historical...

December 3, 1755: American portrait painter Gilbert Stuart is...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:32am

December 3, 1755: American portrait painter Gilbert Stuart is born. Gilbert Stuart, George Washington (1732-1799), ca. 1800-1820. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Thomas Jefferson...

Thanksgiving dinner at the West Side School, 1915. The Victor...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:51pm

Thanksgiving dinner at the West Side School, 1915. The Victor Remer Historical Archives of the Children’s Aid Society, MS 111. Photo by A. Tennyson Beals. Blog: http://blog.nyhistory.org/gobbling-...

November 19, 1887: New York City native and poet Emma Lazarus,...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 9:56am

November 19, 1887: New York City native and poet Emma Lazarus, best remembered for “The New Colossus,” her sonnet to the Statue of Liberty ending with the famous line “I lift my lamp beside the...

November 14, 1832: New York City’s first horse-drawn...
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

November 14, 1832: New York City’s first horse-drawn streetcar line, the New York and Harlem Railroad, begins service along the Bowery between Prince and 14th Streets for a fare of $.25. The corner...

November 10, 1791: The City Council appoints two fire wardens...
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 10:27am

November 10, 1791: The City Council appoints two fire wardens for each ward.  Sculpture of Fire Chief Harry Howard, ca.1857. New-York Historical Society, 1937.328

November 3, 1900: The first National Automobile Show opens at...
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 2:53pm

November 3, 1900: The first National Automobile Show opens at Madison Square Garden, a venue designed by architect Stanford White. Madison Square Garden, 1900. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York...

Good luck to all those running in the New York City Marathon...
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:01am

Good luck to all those running in the New York City Marathon today! Red Grooms, On your Mark, Get Set, Go!, 2002. Color lithograph. New-York Historical Society # 76266

October 31, 1754: King’s College (today known as Columbia...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 1:57pm

October 31, 1754: King’s College (today known as Columbia University) received its charter.   View of Columbia College in the City of New York. Reproduction of the original engraving from The New-...

Unidentified group of people in Halloween costumes, October 31,...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:50am

Unidentified group of people in Halloween costumes, October 31, 1916. Photographed for Mrs. Reiser. New-York Historical Society Library

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween with some history this...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween with some history this Friday night. You can tell them how scary 1980’s fashion was… Village Halloween Parade, 1987. New-York Historical Society, PR 267, Erika...

October 29, 1929: The stock market crashes, sending the world...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:15am

October 29, 1929: The stock market crashes, sending the world economy spiraling into Depression.  Self-winding stock ticker, 1923. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the Western Union Telegraph Co...

October 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated and soon...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 3:21pm

October 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated and soon becomes one of the best known symbols of New York and the entire United States. This model is on view in Chinese American: Exclusion/...

Children at the Henrietta School celebrate Halloween, 1920s....
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:00am

Children at the Henrietta School celebrate Halloween, 1920s. New-York Historical Society, The Victor Remer Historical Archives of The Children’s Aid Society in New York, MS 111. Photo by A. Tennyson...

October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 8:15am

October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening performance; the new opera house at Broadway and 39th Street is built with the express purpose of providing enough boxes to showcase all of...

October 15, 1860: Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:19am

October 15, 1860: Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY writes to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. Matthew Brady, Abraham...

October 11, 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt is born. Eleanor Roosevelt...
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10:03am

October 11, 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt is born. Eleanor Roosevelt at the New-York Historical Society exhibit “Votes for Women”, October 1952. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society

October 7, 1954: Marian Anderson became the first black singer...
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 3:35pm

October 7, 1954: Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by The Metropolitan Opera. Enit Zerner Kaufman, Marian Anderson (1897-1993), ca. 1940-45. Watercolor. New-York Historical Society...

Ken C. Hamilton, Dust Covered Transit Police, 2001. New-York...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:46am

Ken C. Hamilton, Dust Covered Transit Police, 2001. New-York Historical Society, here is new york collection Read more about here is new york, a collection of 6,200 photographs documenting 9/11 and...

September 9, 1901 The cornerstone of the New York Stock Exchange...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 8:55am

September 9, 1901 The cornerstone of the New York Stock Exchange is laid at 8 Broad Street. Construction on Stock Exchange pediment, ca. 1903. New-York Historical Society, PR 024

What New York Slang Did We Get From The Dutch? Francis Harrison...
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:01pm

What New York Slang Did We Get From The Dutch? Francis Harrison (fl. 1730–1732), Geoffrey Needler The English and Low-Dutch School-Master, 1730 New-York: Printed and sold by W. Bradford Y Bind Brad/....

Today in 1664: New Amsterdam becomes New York. A Description of...
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 4:06pm

Today in 1664: New Amsterdam becomes New York. A Description of the Towne of Mannados: Or New Amsterdam as it was in September 1661 [“The Duke’s Plan”]. 1664; manuscript facsimile drawn ca. 1858. M31...

September 3, 1838: Abolitionist and civil rights activist...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:15am

September 3, 1838: Abolitionist and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass escapes slavery disguised as a free sailor and arrives in New York City the following day. L.C. Handy photographic studio...

August 30, 1790: President and Mrs. Washington leave New York as...
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:45am

August 30, 1790: President and Mrs. Washington leave New York as the nation’s capital moves to Philadelphia. Rembrandt Peale (1778–1860), George Washington, 1853. Oil on canvas. New-York...
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