NYHS Series Part III – Objects tell Stories: Treasures of the New-York Historical Society

Objects Tell Stories: Treasures of the New-York Historical Society with Deirdre La Porte

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is the city’s oldest museum. Our holdings cover four centuries of American history and comprise one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through New York City and State.

Hear the stories behind some of our most treasured historical pieces including: the camp bed that George Washington slept on at Valley Forge, one of the Civil War draft wheels that led to the worst riot in American history, and the silver Tiffany & Co. controller handle that was used on the maiden voyage of the NYC subway in 1903.

You’ll also learn about some of our more than 1.6 million works of art including Hudson River School paintings by Thomas Cole and Frederic E. Church; a vast range of American portraits, including paintings by Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart; and all 435 of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for The Birds of America.


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Joyce Gold – Greenwich Village

(Please note: Events at the Lewis Davis Pavilion are temporarily cancelled.)

The streets of Greenwich Village can bring even seasoned New Yorkers to their knees. For them, and for anyone curious about how the meandering by-ways of Greenwich Village were carved into the island of Manhattan, this talk is the essential primer. Streets bend, diagonals come out of nowhere, roads stop for no good reason, and thoroughfares change direction. Such intersections as Waverly Place & Waverly Place, and W 4th Street& W 10th Street do little to help.

There are good reasons behind the confusion, but it takes some digging to uncover them. Joyce Gold will explain how topography, natural boundaries, Indian paths, and estate ownership carved the first convoluted pattern of roads. And she will also show the strange result of the city’s insisting upon connecting areas north and south of the Village.


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NYHS Series Part II – The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Brooklyn Bridge

(Please note: Events at the Lewis Davis Pavilion are temporarily cancelled.)
The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Brooklyn Bridge with Jim Picinich

Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was hailed as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Well over a century later it still stands as one of the world’s most recognizable spans. An engineering feat for the ages, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel cable suspension bridge and longest suspension bridge in the world. This lecture explores the amazing history of the bridge’s construction and the heroic and sometimes tragic stories of the men and women who made it possible.

Discover how the bridge’s construction helped lead to the consolidation of New York and how old world engineering know-how and modern industrial innovation came together to complete the project. You’ll never view the Brooklyn Bridge in the same way!


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The Changing New York City Skyline: Past, Present, Future

What forces have shaped and are reshaping our skyscraper city?

Skyscraper Museum founder, director, and curator, Carol Willis will give an illustrated talk surveying the history of the high-rise in New York, the world’s preeminent skyscraper city.

Carol is an architectural and urban historian with degrees from Columbia University; Carol has researched, taught and written about the history of American city building.

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NYHS Series Part I – Benevolence, Philanthropy, and Activism: Women Make a Difference in 19th Century New York

(Please note: Events at the Lewis Davis Pavilion are cancelled March 11-15.)
Before they could even vote, women across the spectrum of race and class exercised power and brought about change. Dive into this rich history with Jeanne Pape!

Attendees will explore the stories of prominent and little-known women activists of the Early Republic, the abolitionist movement, the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, and the suffrage movement, as well as learn about our Center for Women’s History.

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