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
58 minutes

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst, in conversation with American philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, discusses the story of Patty Hearst, the young heiress to the Hearst family fortune who was kidnapped by renegade leftist revolutionaries and later prosecuted in one of the most ludicrous trials in American legal history.

51 seconds

In 1776 on the marshy fields of Gowanus and Red Hook, General George Washington and his rag-tag army faced off against the British. What happened next? Find out at New-York Historical Society's groundbreaking exhibition, "The Battle of Brooklyn," on view through January 8, 2017.

3 minutes 42 seconds

​In 1776 a small one-man submersive crept its way across New York harbor to attack a British ship as the world’s first wartime submarine. More than 200 years later, local Brooklyn artist Duke Riley found inspiration in the story of the Turtle and created his own interpretation of the Revolutionary War-era submarine. Get the story here, then come see it in person! The Acorn is on view through January 8, 2017, as part of our Battle of Brooklyn exhibition.

N-YHS Museum & Library
31 minutes 30 seconds

Honored together at the 2016 History Makers Gala, filmmakers—and brothers—Ken Burns and Ric Burns, in conversation with Lynn Novick, discuss their creative philosophies, their love for American history, and the influence of their childhood in Brooklyn on their respective filmmaking careers. Following the interview is a short clip from Ric Burns' documentary ​​The Pilgrims.    

Programs and Events
14 Minutes 18 Seconds

At our 2016 History Makers Gala, world-renowned trumpeter, director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and 2012 History Makers honoree Wynton Marsalis shared remarks on honoree Ken Burns and played a few tunes.


Creative: Tronvig Group