Celebrate Pride at New-York Historical Society
Celebrate Pride with us all month long! First, explore Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society, which dives deep into the rhythm of LGBTQ nightlife, lesbian herstory, and images from five decades of Pride marches. Then, check out our fascinating programs and events where you'll hear from activist pioneers, fashion scholars, and historians of gay culture. Meanwhile, families can enjoy Pride-themed crafting projects and reading series. Read on and start planning your calendar.
Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
On view May 24-September 22
Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall
Explore the history of LGBTQ bars, clubs, and nightlife in New York City during the second half of the 20th century. This exhibition highlights the ways nightlife was critical to finding identity, building community, raising political awareness, and fostering genres of creative expression that influenced popular culture worldwide.
By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives
Curated by the Lesbian Herstory Archives Graphics Committee, this exhibition examines lesbian lives both before and after Stonewall, highlighting community-building, organizing, and networking within the LGBTQ movement with a focus on the contributions of lesbians and queer women.
Say It Loud, Out and Proud: Fifty Years of Pride
This special graphic installation uses imagery from five decades of New York City Pride marches to animate a timeline of significant moments in national and New York LGBTQ history, illustrating the ways in which the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ citizens is constant and ongoing.
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Greenwich Village: The LGBTQ Community Finds a Haven
Tuesday, May 28
Join historian Barry Lewis for a look at Greenwich Village, as he traces how the city’s gay population found safe haven among the “free-love” bohemians of the early 20th century and how the community blossomed again in the 1970s.
LGBTQ Rights and the Supreme Court: 50 Years Since Stonewall
Wednesday, May 29
Can the momentum LGBTQ Americans have made toward equality in the last 50 years continue? Two renowned legal scholars discuss landmark Supreme Court cases and look to critical legal battles ahead.
Pride Day at New-York Historical
Sunday, June 2
New-York Historical celebrates Pride with a full day of programs and activities for kids and adults.
Walking in LGBTQ Footsteps in the Upper West Side
Tuesday, June 4
Explore Pride beyond Stonewall! Guides from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project lead a special walking tour starting at New-York Historical. Space is limited.
Gay New York Before Stonewall
Wednesday, June 5
Join Greg Young and Tom Meyers, the hosts of the Bowery Boys podcast, and George Chauncey, author of the classic book Gay New York, as they discuss the city's rich gay scene in the decades before Stonewall.
Book Launch: Celebrating 25 Years of The Gay & Lesbian Review
Friday, June 7
Celebrate a quarter century of the pioneering journal of LGBTQ culture and life at this event honoring the release of the commemorative book, In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50 and The Gay & Lesbian Review at 25.
Beyond Bell-Bottoms and Tie-Dye: What Were You Wearing in 1969 and Why?
Thursday, June 13
If social mores were rapidly changing in the late 1960s, then so was the fashion. Pull your vintage gear out of the closet and join historian Edward Maeder for an overview of a style revolution.
Co-Conspirators: An Evening with Blanche Wiesen Cook and Clare Coss
Friday, July 12
For 50 years, historian Blanche Wiesen Cook and playwright Clare Coss have been partners in life and in activism. Join us for a conversation and celebration of their lives and scholarship.
Sketch & Sip: Craft Your Own Protest Art
Friday, June 14
Meet some art lovers and make some art! Relax with some wine and cheese while you create your own artwork inspired by our installation Say It Loud, Out and Proud: Fifty Years of Pride. Ages 21 and up. Wine included with ticket
Revolutionary Drag Tea Party
July 14, 3 pm
We’re celebrating Revolutionary Summer in high drag style! Dress to impress in your best period-inspired drag-wear and compete in categories like Most Revolutionary Outfit. Ages 21 and up. Refreshments included with ticket.
Trans Identity and the Incredible Story of Deborah Sampson, the Female Revolutionary War Hero
July 24, 6:30 pm
Author Alex Myers discusses his novel Revolutionary, which explores the fascinating, true story of Deborah Sampson, the legendary woman who disguised herself as a man and fought with distinction during the Revolutionary War. Ages 21and up. Wine included with ticket.
Tuesdays & Fridays, 3:30–4:15 pm
Join us to celebrate Pride throughout June! Little New-Yorkers, for families with children ages 3–6, features story readings, singing, historic toys, and craft projects.
June 4 and 7: And Tango Makes Three
June 11 and 14: Sewing the Rainbow
June 18 and 21: Julián is a Mermaid
June 25 and 28: This Day in June
Narratives of Pride: Reflecting on Stonewall
Sunday, June 2, 12:30-4:30 pm
After teens tour Stonewall 50 at the New-York Historical Society, they'll take part in a Writopia, where they will create their own writing and art that reflects on the 50 years since the dawn of the LGBTQ liberation movement. Ages 13 and up
Living History: Meet Sylvia Rivera
Saturday and Sunday, June 1–2
Saturday, June 29
Meet activist Sylvia Rivera as portrayed by actor, artist, and educator Summer Minerva. Foremother of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Sylvia tirelessly defended gay and transgender individuals, especially those who were homeless or imprisoned. See one of her speeches and ask questions about her life!
Stonewall 50 Time Capsule Collecting
June 2, 2019–June 30, 2020
New-York Historical has joined with the Generations Project to preserve LGBTQ history for the next 50 years in a time capsule to be opened at the Stonewall 100 celebration in 2069. Be a part of history—we accept contributions! Check here for dates and times when collection tables will be available.
(1) Ellen Shumsky, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Occupation of Student Center of New York University, September 24, 1970. The Lesbian Herstory Archives.
(2) Eugene Gordon, ACT UP activists at Pride March, 1988. New-York Historical Society Library.
(3) Ric Manning/WikiCommons.
(4) 82 Club (1953-1978), Postcard, late 1950s. New-York Historical Society.
(5) Su Negrin: graphic designer, Suzanne Bevier: artist, Peter Hujar: photographer, Gay Liberation, New York: Times Change Press, 1970. Graphics Collection, The Lesbian Herstory Archives.
(6) Rudy Grillo, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, ca. 1989–90. Courtesy of the LGBT Community Center Archive / @lgbtcenternyc
(7) Marriage Equality New York (1998–2011), Pin-back button, ca. 2001. Gift of Asher Jacobs.
(8) Visual AIDS Artists’ Caucus (founded 1988), AIDS lapel ribbon, 1991. Gift of Paul Gunther.
(9) Fredy Ralda, RuPaul Pin-back button, 2017. New-York Historical Society.