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The Legacy of Voting Rights 50 Years After Selma

“Write right from left to the right as you see it spelled here.” Did you print your answer? If so, you got it wrong—it should have been written in cursive. “Spell backwards, forwards.” Did you include a comma? Wrong. Did you omit the comma? That’s wrong, too. These are only two of the 30 questions […]

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Uptown, Audubon’s Birds Hit the Streets

Patron saint of the environmentalist movement and celebrated ornithologist, John James Audubon was the first to sound the alarm. He recognized in the early 1800s that many avian species and their habitats were threated. Almost 200 years later, many of the feathered subjects are endangered or extinct. To see 42 of his original breathtaking watercolors […]

Meet Our Resident Lion Dancer: Zhi hen Li

By day, Zhi hen Li is an Accountant here at the New-York Historical Society. But, by night, he’s a lion dancer. The Lion Dance is a Chinese tradition and a vital component of Chinese New Year celebrations. As a lion dancer, Zhi wears intricate and colorful lion costumes and mimic the majestic cat in movement. […]

The Men Who Lost America

British-born Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and 2014 recipient of the New-York Historical American History Book Prize Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy fearlessly tackles centuries-old stereotypes surrounding the American Revolution in his upcoming talk at the New-York Historical Society on February 21. […]

Interview With Laura Mosco: New-York Historical Society Student Historian

The New-York Historical Society aims to engage visitors and history buffs of all ages, from children in our DiMenna Children’s History Museum to adults through our Public Program series. So it’s always great to see someone stay engaged throughout their lives. One lifelong learner is Laura Mosco, a former Student Historian who came back to […]

A Taste of New-York History: Liddabit Sweets

I actually came to New York for acting school. I graduated NYU in 2005, and kinda-sorta auditioned for stuff for a couple of years while working a terrible office job. I’d always thought about food as a plan B, and after realizing I wasn’t cut out to try and make a living at acting, I started looking into culinary school.

Taste of New-York History: Mast Bros. Chocolate

How did you guys first get started with chocolate? What was the market missing that you wanted to provide?
We started really just out of a curiosity for how things were made and there was chocolate, one of the most popular foods on earth and no one really knows how it’s made. And so it began!

Interview With Claire Yaffa, Photographer of Children With AIDS: Spirit and Memory

On June 7, AIDS in New York: The First Five Years opens at the New-York Historical Society. The new exhibit will explore the impact the epidemic had on personal lives, public health, and politics from 1981-1985. The companion exhibition Children With AIDS: Spirit and Memory. Photographs by Claire Yaffa will feature twenty photographs by the acclaimed […]

Taste of New-York History: Interview With Brent Ridge of Beekman 1802

Founded by partners Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell in 2008, this Sharon Springs, NY farm produces everything from goat cheese to soap to condiments. We spoke with Brent about learning to farm, their show The Fabulous Beekman Boys airing on the Cooking Channel, and getting Upstate New York the attention it deserves.

The Invisible Line Between White and Black

What defines race? Is it color? Is it DNA? Is it the labels you choose for yourself? In The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White, author Daniel J. Sharfstein argues that it is becoming ever harder to view race neatly in black and white. He does so by looking […]