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09-09-11

The National Endowment for the Humanities Awards the New-York Historical Society $400,000 to Spread Revolution!

NEW YORK, NY – The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded it a grant of $400,000 to support a traveling program and educational initiatives surrounding its new exhibition Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.

Revolution! is the first museum exhibition to explore the revolutions in America, France and Haiti as a single grand narrative from 1763 to 1815, tracing their cumulative transformation of politics, society and culture across the Atlantic world. Itwill also be the first major history exhibition to be presented by the New-York Historical Society when it fully re-opens its galleries on November 11, 2011, after a three-year, $65 million renovation.

"The New-York Historical Society is deeply grateful to the National Endowment for the  Humanities for this very generous endorsement of our mission, which is to engage the broadest possible public in the enjoyment of learning about history," said Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. "Through this grant, we will be able to extend the reach of Revolution! and make it accessible to a much wider audience."

The NEH has awarded the grant through its “America's Historical & Cultural Organizations Implementation Grant” program, which supports museum exhibitions, library-based projects, interpretation of historic places or areas, websites and other project formats that excite and inform thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity and history.

Revolution! traces how an ideal of popular sovereignty, introduced through the American fight for independence, soon sparked more radical calls for a recognition of universal human rights and set off attacks on both sides of the Atlantic against hereditary privilege and slavery. Among the astonishing, unforeseen outcomes was an insurrection on the French possession of Saint-Domingue, leading to the world's only successful slave revolt and the establishment in 1804 of the first nation founded on the principles of full freedom and equality for all, regardless of color.

For more information about Revolution! please visit nyhistory.org/exhibitions/revolution-the-atlantic-world-reborn.

About the New-York Historical Society
Established in 1804, the New-York Historical Society comprises New York's oldest museum and a nationally renowned research library. New-York Historical collects, preserves and interprets American history and art; its mission is to make these collections accessible to the broadest public and increase understanding of American history through exhibitions, public programs, and research that reveal the dynamism of history and its impact on the world today. New-York Historical’s holdings cover four centuries of American history and comprise one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.

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