Due to a private event, the Museum will be closed on Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, October 29. We'll reopen at 11 am ET on Saturday, October 30.

Trauma and Recovery
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
David W. Blight, Annette Gordon-Reed, Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 10 am–12:15 pm ET | $44 (Members $32; Chairman’s Council, Free)


The New-York Historical Society welcomes Members and visitors back to the Museum with a panel discussion presented in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium and an array of activities throughout the building during the day. Ticket includes Museum admission.

10–11 am ET:
New York and the Nation from the Founding to Reconstruction
Featuring: David W. Blight, Annette Gordon-Reed, Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)

From America’s fragile early years in the wake of a traumatic war for independence—during which New York City was burned to the ground twice—up through the Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and Reconstruction, New-York Historical Scholar Trustees Annette Gordon-Reed, David W. Blight, and Akhil Reed Amar explore how the Constitution held together a fragile nation and ensured its recovery and perseverance in perilous times. 

David W. Blight, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, is director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and Sterling Professor at Yale University. Annette Gordon-Reed is Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Her most recent book is On Juneteenth. Akhil Reed Amar (moderator) is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840.

11 am–5 pm ET:
Following the panel discussion, program participants are welcome to visit the Museum galleries and enjoy various offerings throughout the building.

Self-Guided Audio Tour:
“Ever Upward: Resilience and Recovery in New York” is a new audio tour being launched by the New-York Historical Society to mark the city’s continuing emergence from the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offered free as part of New-York Historical’s new digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app, “Ever Upward” explores the theme of New York’s resilience by highlighting a dozen historical artifacts and artworks on display throughout the Museum. From the British occupation of New York City during the American Revolution and the Great Fire of 1835, to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, September 11, and the current COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will learn about devastating events from which the city rebounded with renewed strength. The illustrated tour is narrated in English by Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, senior minister of New York City’s Middle Collegiate Church, whose sanctuary was recently destroyed by fire; the tour in Spanish is narrated by David Gonzalez. Visitors can access the tour in both languages and listen to it at the Museum or at home. Download Bloomberg Connects in the App Store or Google Play Store starting September 26; available for iOS and Android.

Lead support for “Ever Upward: Resilience and Recovery in New York” is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Family Programs:

  • 1 pm: Meet the Suffragists! (recommended age 7 and up)
    How did American women get the right to vote? Join our historical interpreters to discover the many different methods used by suffragists such as Alice Paul, Frances Harper, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push their government and fellow citizens to recognize their right to vote.
  • 2 pm: Celebrating the FDNY: Story Time with Author Jess Rinker and FDNY Veteran Brenda Berkman (recommended ages 3–7)
    Join us for a special Sunday Story Time to meet author Jess Rinker and FDNY veteran and 9/11 first responder Brenda Berkman. Learn all about Berkman’s inspiring fight for women to have a fair shot at being a firefighter in Rinker’s book Send a Girl! The True Story of How Women Joined the FDNY. A Q&A and book signing will follow.


New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during Museum hours.

To request Chairman's Council tickets, or to inquire about the Chairman's Council, email

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers and/or those who do not provide requested Covid-19 documentation. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Advance registration closes four hours prior to program start time. Subject to availability, tickets will be sold onsite up until the program start time.


Unable to attend our morning panel, New York and the Nation from the Founding to Reconstruction? Join us via livestream!
Livestream Access: $30 (Members $20) 

The day before the program, a member of New-York Historical’s staff will contact all registered attendees from the email address with instructions on how to view the livestream. An additional reminder will be sent within two hours of the program start time. If you do not receive a message, please check your spam folder.

All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change.

Advance registration closes four hours prior to program start time. Subject to availability, livestreaming tickets will be available via online purchase up until the program start time.


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