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.

Member Events
46 minutes 45 seconds

Our free outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted contemplates the impact of COVID-19 on New York City through photographs and interviews. Marilyn Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, talks to co-curators Kevin Powell, poet and journalist, and Kay Hickman, photographer.

Programs and Events
2 minutes

As the 2020 Census kicks off, this exhibition from the David M. Rubenstein Americana Collection provides an in-depth look at the origins and story of the U. S. Census from 1790 through the 1800s, using 30 books and manuscripts that reveal the critical role the Census played in the development of the country.

Programs and Events
1 hour 2 minutes

In the resurgent national debate over history, memory and public statuary, Confederate monuments are now being removed—by governments and demonstrators alike—while a new reckoning has arrived for monuments to Christopher Columbus, Theodore Roosevelt, the nation’s founders, and Abraham Lincoln. How far should this re-appraisal go?

Programs and Events
1 hour 3 minutes

Noted financier and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein interviews historian David W. Blight about his book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (published 2018).

Fellowship Talks

Professor Robert L. Tsai and author Dr. Julia Rose Kraut discuss her new book, Threat of Dissent—a social, political, and legal history of ideological exclusion and deportation in the United States, from the Alien Friends Act of 1798 to the evolving policies of the Trump administration.


Creative: Tronvig Group