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Watch art and history come alive every day at New-York Historical! Learn about the past and engage with your community through our digital audio and video resources.


The New-York Historical Society makes history matter every day by bringing you engaging educational programs, intellectually stimulating lectures, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fascinating stories in art and history that you never knew. As a public resource for learning, New-York Historical works to offer audio and video digital resources where possible. Our Media Page brings you select programs and events as well as fun facts and deep dives into topics about the history of the United States through the eyes of its cultural nucleus, New York City.

Programs and Events
1 hour

Presented in conjunction with the documentary Driving While Black, acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns is joined by historians and authors Gretchen Sorin and Craig Steven Wilder for a discussion illuminating how the automobile transformed the African American experience in the early-to-mid-20th century and beyond. Discover how this film came together as well as the important subject matter it explores, including how the advent of the automobile offered a newfound sense of freedom while further exposing Black travelers to discrimination and violence on the road. 

Programs and Events
56 minutes

How do you turn a small business, founded in your family kitchen, into an iconic global beauty brand? Leonard A. Lauder joins David Rubenstein to reflect on the lessons he learned and adventures he had while doing just that with the company founded by his mother, Estée Lauder.

Programs and Events

The Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New-York Historical Society
We are pleased to announce John C. McManus, one of the most highly acclaimed historians of World War II and the author of Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 (Dutton Caliber), as the winner of the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New-York Historical Society. 

Programs and Events
1 hour 3 minutes

In conversation with Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin Baron, who served as executive editor of the Washington Post from 2013 through February 2021, explores his years working in the press, leading coverage of vitally important investigative stories including the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sexual abuse scandal and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Programs and Events
37 minutes

In the wake of the 2020 election and the moral and philosophical fragmentations that it has reaffirmed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and New-York Historical Society Trustee David W. Blight, in conversation with Lewis H. Lapham, editor and founder of Lapham’s Quarterly, illuminates the evolution to our contemporary experience and the path forward. Recorded December 11, 2020


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