NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ITS $100 MILLION FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
NEW YORK, NY, July 9, 2012 — Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, has announced the successful achievement of the $100 million fundraising goal set in October 2006 to support a major renovation of the institution’s landmark building on Central Park West, as well as education programs serving 200,000 New York City schoolchildren annually.
A total of $70 million in capital funds has paid all costs of the renovation of the building, which re-opened in November 2011 following the largest and most ambitious capital improvement program since two wings were added to the original 1904 building in 1937. Transformed to welcome visitors of all ages, the building now conveys a palpable sense of history to visitors and passersby, with a new glass gateway on Central Park West that provides a window onto New-York Historical’s extraordinary collection of art, objects, and documents. New facilities include the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, a stunning, permanent display enhanced by new proprietary technology; a renovated and improved Robert H. Smith Auditorium, featuring a new, multi-media destination film experience narrated by Liev Schreiber; and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, the first museum-within-the-museum for young people and families.
An increase in $30 million to New-York Historical’s endowment will help support the vast network of educational activities sponsored by both the Museum and New-York Historical’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most important scholarly resources in the United States.
“With the deepest gratitude for the leadership of our Chairman, Roger Hertog, and our many benefactors, I am delighted to announce the realization of the funding goals set forth in our 2006 Strategic Plan,” Dr. Mirrer stated. “This historic achievement provides further inspiration and encouragement as we seek to secure the future of our great institution with an ongoing campaign for endowment.”
The $100 million campaign received eight-figure lead gifts from Richard Gilder, former Chairman of New-York Historical; Roger Hertog, New-York Historical’s current Chairman; and the late Robert H. Smith. Other major contributions to the campaign were made by Joseph and Diana DiMenna, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and the City of New York.
About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting art and history exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; and Nueva York. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.