Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).
World War II and Its Legacy in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
As the war raged in Europe, Americans found solace and inspiration in a film chronicling the nation’s greatest president and his electrifying rise to national prominence. Directed by John Cromwell. Starring Raymond Massey. 110 min.
Harold Holzer is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War Era. He is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal and recently served as a content consultant to the Steve Spielberg film Lincoln. Ron Simon has been a curator at The Paley Center for Media since the early 1980s and is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, New York University, and Hunter College, where he teaches courses on the history of media.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of all Free Friday Night Programs.