This Friday, the New-York Historical is presenting William Wyler's The Heiress (1949) as part of our free Friday night film series. Based on Henry James' 1880 story Washington Square, the film stars Olivia de Havilland as a young woman who falls in love with a handsome young man (Montgomery Clift), despite the objections of her emotionally abusive father who suspects the man of being a fortune hunter.
In 1880, when James wrote his novel, Washington Square Park...Read More
Watch this short video celebrating the groundbreaking exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives presented by the New-York Historical Society this past year. These highlights offer insight into the wide range of events we present year-round. None of this would be possible without your support—so please come visit. Consider donating or becoming a member. It’s only through your generosity that we’re able to continue Making History Matter.
On April 17, 1907, Ellis Island had its busiest day ever, processing 11,747 individuals who just arrived to America. An average day had them processing about 5,000, so this must have overloaded them! According to the Ellis Island Foundation, "During this historic month [April 1907] of American immigration, the Port of New York received 197 ships and more than a quarter-million passengers from around the world. Most of these arrivals were immigrants intent on establishing a...Read More
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