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What Are Your Madeline Memories?

At the New-York Historical Society, we mount exhibitions that directly connect American history and art to you, our visitors. This summer, we will present Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beloved schoolgirl and the iconic illustration and writing of her creator. The story of Madeline‘s author Ludwig Bemelmans mirrors that [...]

Have You Seen What’s Going On At Governors Island?

Governors Island, situated right off Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel, has played an important part in New York’s military history. During the American Revolution, canons on the island protected the East River. During the Civil War, Castle Williams and Fort Jay held Confederate prisoners of war. In 1966, it became a National Coast Guard base. And throughout, [...]

Your Stories of World War II

At the end of WWII & NYC, there is a phone booth labeled “Talk to Us,” where visitors have been leaving their comments, questions, and personal stories of World War II. Some remember what it was like to serve, others what it was like to hide under their desks at school during air raids, but [...]

John Rogers: An Abolitionist Alone at Christmas

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” John Rogers couldn’t make it home to Roxbury, Massachusetts for Christmas in 1859. He had just settled in New York and was trying [...]

Rogers Groups, the Perfect Christmas Gift

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” If you were shopping for a Christmas present 150 years ago, you might have thought about a Rogers Group. The plaster sculptures on [...]

Bronze or Plaster? The Artistic Choices of John Rogers

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” Bronze or plaster? When you’re in the galleries of John Rogers: American Stories, you’ll see that about half of the sculptures are bronze [...]

Designing Beer

Some exhibitions require a very straightforward design, where the objects tell their own story. Then there are exhibitions where the objects, stories and design need to come together to tell a story greater than the sum of their parts. Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History is one such exhibition. With everything from farm equipment to [...]

Smallpox and Shaping Society, Part 3

What does smallpox have to do with American history? According to David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York, everything. In this three-part series, written by Rosner, we’ll take a look at [...]

Brewing In The Bronx: The Resurgence Of New York’s Beer Traidition

To celebrate our exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, the New-York Historical Society is hosting a series of Saturday beer tastings run by local breweries in the exhibit’s Beer Hall. The program will run from May 26 through August 25; half-hour tastings will start at 2pm and 4pm. Not only will visitors get to taste some of [...]

Designing a Hands-On Museum

One of the New-York Historical Society’s goals is discovering new ways to make the past present, and make visitors feel involved in New York’s history. Well, how does taking part in pulling down a historical statue sound? Because if you get enough friends, you may be able to do just that. From 1852-1853, Johannes Adam [...]