Happy Birthday, N-YHS!
November 25, 2015

This week, the New-York Historical Society turned 211! To celebrate our birthday we’re taking a look back on the construction of N-YHS’ permanent home at 170 Central Park West. Before settling along the park, N-YHS lived at seven other locations around the city between 1804 and 1908. Here’s a retro map cataloging its former homes….

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“Just Like Planning a Dinner Party”: When Computers Were Women’s Work
November 6, 2015

This week, we’re examining women’s pioneering role in computer programming. To learn more about tech history made in New York, check out our upcoming exhibit Silicon City, opening Friday, November 13. The show explores early inventions that paved the way for the computer—think electricity, the telegraph—to the Big Apple’s contemporary role as a burgeoning epicenter…

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Bring the Telstar Home!
October 22, 2015

Who was the first computer scientist? Who invented the first P.C.? What’s the Telstar Satellite? Opening November 13 our upcoming exhibition, Silicon City tells the tale of New York’s previously unknown tech history. More than a century before Silicon Valley became synonymous with all-things-tech, New York City was the hub for innovation. Among its pivotal…

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“Superheroes in Gotham” Opens Today!
October 9, 2015

Have you been following us on Twitter @NYHistory? If so, you enjoyed a glimpse of Superheroes in Gotham, our adventurous exhibition exploring New York’s comic book history. We kicked off our superhero-a-day countdown on Monday. And starting today, you can see early comics, costumes, and even a 1960s Batmobile in person! Tonight, we’re continuing the…

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When NYC Was Electrified
October 7, 2015

This week, we remember the 106th anniversary of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. Starting on September 25, 1909, over a million New Yorkers and tourists enthusiastically joined in the two-week festivities to commemorate the tricentennial of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river that now bears his name and the centennial of Robert Fulton’s invention of the steamboat….

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The Magna Carta is On View at N-YHS
September 25, 2015

This week, we had the rare and exceptional honor of welcoming the 1217 Hereford Magna Carta to the New-York Historical Society! It is now on view—for one week only—through September 30 alongside watershed documents from America’s founding era. Although the “Great Charter” was written centuries before the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the…

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We Welcome Ed Ruscha’s “Fanned Book” (2013) to N-YHS!
September 15, 2015

This Summer, we welcomed a recent work by influential artist Ed Ruscha into our collection. Born in 1937, Ruscha is an America-born conceptual artist, whose oeuvre—photographs, collages, paintings, and books—spans nearly seven decades, and reflects his personal fascination with language and American popular culture. A self-proclaimed Luddite, Ruscha declared in a 2013 New York Times interview,…

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When New York City was a Battleground
August 28, 2015

Two-hundred thirty-nine years ago yesterday, New York City was a battleground: nearly 40,000 Continental and British troops faced off in Brooklyn. Today, the Battle of Brooklyn is remembered as the largest battle (in terms of combatants) fought during the American Revolution. To learn more about the revered general and Founding Father, George Washington, who led the…

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Happy Birthday, Women’s Suffrage!
August 21, 2015

This week the 19th Amendment, granting American women the right to vote, turned 95. To commemorate the victory, we’re continuing the tradition of the tenacious suffragettes. Join us tonight at 7 pm for PoeticJustice: A Performance, where three generations of New York activist artists will take the stage to perform their social justice-inspired poetry. The…

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