MLK, Jr. Day 2016: Black Power at 50
January 18, 2016

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we celebrate centuries past and present civil rights leaders’ dedication to forging racial equality. Although we often associate the Civil Rights Movement with non-violent actions, not all its leaders championed civil disobedience. Some believed that the only way to end violent, institutionalized racial oppression was through armed resistance. Among…

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When Penn Station Was a Masterpiece
January 13, 2016

Pennsylvania Station is finally getting much-needed renovation, but no amount of construction will bring back the bygone Beaux-Arts architectural magnum opus of the 20th century. Designed by McKim, Mead, & White, the original terminal opened in 1910. It boasted 84 granite Doric columns and its monumental architecture echoed the great spaces of Ancient Rome. The…

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Four Christmas Traditions born in New York
December 23, 2015

With more than four centuries of history, it’s no wonder that so many beloved Christmastime traditions originated in New York. Here are a few highlights, and remember if you’re in the city during the winter season, be sure to see our beloved Yueltide exhibition, Holiday Express, now on view through February 28. ‘Twas the Night…

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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

Hudson-Fulton Celebration began 106 years ago this week. 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. An exclusive committee…

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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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