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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
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

Member Events
44 minutes

Rosena Disery, a young student at the New York African Free School, stitched a sampler as a culmination of her studies in 1820. Museum Director Margi Hofer unravels the stories behind this rare piece of needlework and explores the remarkable life of its maker. 

Member Events

Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions at New-York Historical, explores how New York and its metropolitan region contributed to victory in World War II.

Fellowship Talks
45 minutes

How were slaves represented visually after their emancipation? Join us for a discussion between Amanda Bellows—whose new book American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination grew, in part, out of work she did while at the New-York Historical—and Aston Gonzalez, who’s new book, Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century. We hope you can join us for this fascinating program.

Fellowship Talks
54 minutes

Were the founders "revisionist historians?" Before the American Revolution, most British American colonists thought of British history as their own, but by 1800 that was no longer the case.


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