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Lincoln, the Jews and Sore Feet

Friday, March 20, 2015

A new exhibit shows the American president opposed anti-Semitism, which was rampant even among the generals in the Union army, and relied on a Jewish doctor to cure his troubled toes. 

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New York Now

Listen: Tan Dun and Friends 'From China to New York' in Music and Conversation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Jan. 10, composer Tan Dun hosted an evening of music and conversation with fellow composers Chou Wen-chung, Chen Yi and Zhou Long from the New York Historical Society. Listen now.

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WNYC News

Leibovitz's Portraits — But the People Are Missing

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pictures of places and of the belongings of icons who shaped the famous photographer's cultural inheritance are featured in a new exhibit.

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WNYC News

How Chinese Americans Overcame Exclusion

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A new exhibit at the New York Historical Society explores the immigrant group's experience in the U.S., starting with the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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WNYC News

Token, Bagel, Dust: The 101 Objects That Make NYC

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new book and exhibit highlight some of the objects that define the history of New York City.

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WNYC News

Childrens' Book Heroine Madeline Turns 75

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The quintessential Parisian schoolgirl was born in New York City.

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WNYC News

Weekend Staff Picks: Cartoons, Birds & Herbs

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Check out some of the works by Drew Friedman and many others at the Society of Illustrators MoCCA ArtsFest this weekend at the 69th Regiment Armory. That's just one of the events some of our staff members are checking out.

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WNYC News

How Blacks Got into Basketball

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Before there was the NBA, there were the African American basketball leagues.

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WNYC News

Bill Cunningham's Shots of Historic Dresses Matched to Famous Buildings

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The New York Times' street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham spent eight years in the 1960s and 1970s documenting the facades of well-known New York City Buildings.

The pictures, now on view at the New York Historical Society, feature Cunningham's fellow photographer Editta Sherman posing in period clothing in front of ...

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Schoolbook

World War II Through the Eyes of Student Historians

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A museum exhibit on World War II occupies a very natural habitat this summer: historic Governors Island. The photography and propaganda exhibit was entirely curated by students from the New York Historical Society's internship program.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: One of World's Great Toy Train Collections Chugs Into NY Museum

Monday, December 03, 2012

(photo courtesy of NY Historical Society)

(Johanna Mayer - New York, NY - WNYC) Just in time for the holidays, the New York Historical Society is mounting the first museum exhibition of selections from perhaps the world's greatest model train collection.

Jerry and Nina Greene with the Jerni Model Train Collection. (photo courtesy of the NY Historical Society)

It took 50 years for private collectors Jerry and Nina Greene to put together their 35,000-piece Jerni collection, which the museum says spans from 1850 to 1940 and "is widely acknowledged as the world best." It bulges with intricately detailed and hand-painted toy trains, stations, bridges, and idyllic scenes from late 19th and early 20th century life.

Some of the models of European trains and stations have outlived their real-world counterparts, which were destroyed by bombs during the world wars.

(photo courtesy of NY Historical Society)

Frima Christopher recently came to the museum to see a different exhibit, but the elevated station caught her eye.  She leaned over a glass case and smiled. "I grew up in the Bronx with elevated trains being part of my childhood," she said. "And it was always a gateway to Manhattan or a gateway to the zoo, or someplace wonderful. And so, this is intriguing."

The exhibition will be on display through January 6th.

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Museum patron checking out the Jerni Model Train Collection. (photo by Johanna Mayer)

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Features

An Original Copy of the Declaration Goes on Display

Sunday, July 01, 2012

In honor of Independence Day, the New York Historical Society will display the Declaration of Independence — or at least a copy of it.

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Features

NY Historical Society Prepares to Re-Open after $70 Million Renovation

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The city's oldest museum is getting ready to re-open its doors on Friday after a three-year, $70 million renovation. The New York Historical Society Museum and Library has been closed for construction since February.

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