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

The social unrest we are experiencing in New York and around the country today contains threads from events in the past that go all the way back to the Civil War and beyond. A panel of scholars—Harold Holzer, Randall Kennedy, and John Farrell—examine events like the 1863 New York Draft Riots and Vietnam War and civil rights movement protests. This program also explores how such struggles have impacted presidential elections and what they might mean for Election Day 2020.  

Member Events
44 minutes 52 seconds

New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. Opened in 2017, it places the women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience at the center of historical inquiry. Valerie Paley, Center for Women's History founding director and New York Historical chief historian, discusses the evolution of the Center and its work contextualizing women's history in the age of COVID-19.

Member Events
42 minutes 12 seconds

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library houses the only surviving manuscript of John Winthrop’s 1638 sermon, A Modell of Christian Charity, one of America's founding documents and a reference point for "American exceptionalism." Dive into its legacy with Dr. Michael Ryan, the Sue Ann Weinberg Director of the Library.

Member Events
44 minutes 37 seconds

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 petition to Abraham Lincoln for the recruitment of black troops, a broadside by Frederick Douglass, as well as a drawing by Frederick B. Schell and a wood engraving of slaves owned by Jefferson Davis from his plantation on the Mississippi.

14 minutes 32 seconds

Studies show that when it comes to political advertising, we feel first and think later. So the most impactful campaign ads aim for our hearts—fear, anger, hope and pride—and they run the gamut from stirring to downright dirty. I Approve This Message, an exhibition about the emotional impact of political advertising in a landscape altered by the internet, was to open at the New-York Historical Society in September 2020. 


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