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Sad to say goodbye to #HPCelebration—had an enchanting weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter! Now to get ready for “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” an exhibition from The British Library, opening at N-YHS on October 5. We’re kicking off the excitement with our exhibition trailer!
Don’t forget—New-York Historical Members can reserve tickets starting February 14. Public tickets go on sale in April. #HarryPotterNYHS
"So often in history institutions, you see a linear way of thinking about and explaining the past," says New-York Historical's Valerie Paley. "By situating our suffrage exhibition in Greenwich Village in the 1910s, we’re able to tell the story of how a group of sexy, youthful women—thinkers, artists, writers, and activists—affected change far beyond the confines of their neighborhood, not just across New York State but ultimately the nation."
In 1963, courts often addressed white witnesses by their honorifics but used black witnesses’ first names. When Mary Hamilton refused to answer questions until addressed by her surname, she was jailed for contempt of court. A year later, the Supreme Court vacated her conviction.
As part of our Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series, explore the story behind Alabama v. Hamilton and its broader significance within the struggle for racial equality, with Harvar...d's Randall Kennedy.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of forthcoming book "From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats of the Black Revolts, 1948–1968."
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
$38 (Members $24)
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society
As part of our Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series, join us for a special evening with Patti Smith, musician and author of "Just Kids," which received the National Book Award, and M Train, a national bestseller.
In an intimate conversation, acclaimed musician, writer, visual artist, and pioneer of the New York City punk rock movement Patti Smith discusses the inspirations and influences that shaped her prolific career, with moderator Antonio Mondo, artist...ic director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.
ABOUT THE EVENT
$38 (N-YHS Members $24)
Presented in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society's Center for Women’s History
Image by Jesse Ditmar
On February 20, 1943, the Saturday Evening Post published Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech," the first of his interpretations of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. This May, see it on view in our exhibition "Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms," from the Norman Rockwell Museum which explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings gave visual voice to FDR's call to defend freedom worldwide—and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Speech, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 ¾" x 35 ½". Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN.
President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office 226 years ago today. That seems like the perfect excuse to enjoy some vintage postcards from our collection, like this one from the 1930s.
See more postcards: http://blog.nyhistory.org/greetings-from-the-postcard-file/
New-York Historical Society Members, you can now book your tickets to "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," an exhibition from The British Library, opening at New-York Historical on October 5. Public tickets go on sale in April. Book your tickets today!
How has the electoral college evolved throughout American history?
How did Henry Luce, founder and president of Time Inc., reconcile his political beliefs during the 1960 election? How did he choose between supporting his party and supporting a man he admired, whose family he had close ties with?
On the surface, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were born worlds apart―culturally, geographically, racially, financially, and politically. But by the time they were killed within two months of each other in 1968, their worlds had come together.
Now on view, "Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr." showcases images taken by some of the most renowned photojournalists of the era illustrating the overlapping trajectory of their lives.
How have the lives and experiences of black women intersected with each other throughout American history? The stories of African American women who have shaped the United States come to life in our Center for Women's History digital exhibition, Women's Voices.
A recent op-ed piece in The New York Times, from historian David Blight who joined us this week for our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass.
This Presidents' Day Weekend, meet President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington at the Museum!
Think you know American history? Inspired by our Citizenship Project, we're challenging you with questions from the U.S. naturalization exam! How do you score?
Now through Monday, save 10% on your full order with code "PRES18" during our Presidents' Day Weekend Sale at the #NYHistoryStore.
Teachers! There's still time to bring your students on a field trip to see "The Vietnam War: 1945-1975" before it closes on April 22, but spring slots are filling up quickly—book soon!