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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.
New-York Historical’s Chief Historian Valerie Paley and historian Harold Holzer discuss two items from Holzer’s book and New-York Historical's accompanying exhibition, The Civil War in 50 Objects. This episode features the Zouave uniform, military buttons, a footlocker, and a snare drum.
A centerpiece of New-York Historical’s Jerni Collection, Gebrüder Bing's Leviathan is a model of one of the most storied ocean liners to ever sail the Atlantic. Built to compete with the Titanic, the real Leviathan later served as a U.S. troopship during World War I, where it played a role in carrying the deadly flu to France in 1918. Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture, explores the salty backstory of the super liner.
New-York Historical’s Chief Historian Valerie Paley and historian Harold Holzer discuss two items from Holzer’s book and New-York Historical's accompanying exhibition, The Civil War in 50 Objects. This episode features a half model of the Union's revolutionary ship, the USS Monitor, and a cipher key.
What did the nation look like in the years following the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of African Americans? In a special conversation to celebrate Juneteenth, historians David W. Blight and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. (moderator) delve into the life of one of the most important figures of the 19th century, writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and how his legacy continues to resonate today.
This episode features pivotal items from the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City: a draft wheel used in a lottery that touched off the riots and a scorched bible rescued from the Colored Orphan Asylum, which was attacked and burned down by a white mob.