Calendar - June '11

Dear Friends,

One month after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the New-York Historical Society committed its resources to a collecting initiative and exhibition program documenting the terrorist attacks. The program was initiated by a great historian, my predecessor, Kenneth T. Jackson.

Ken recognized the tragedy of the day keenly, but saw also the need to collect and preserve so that future generations would understand what September 11 meant, for our city, our nation, our history. It is because of Ken’s work that our 10th anniversary exhibition Remembering 9/11 is able to document New York’s, and the nation’s, resilience along with the selfless acts of heroism not only at the World Trade Center but also at the Pentagon and Shanksville.

I want to extend deep thanks to the exhibition’s enormously talented curator Dr. Marilyn Kushner, and to our extraordinary Trustee Bernard Schwartz, whose support and encouragement has made Remembering 9/11 possible.

Through the sponsorship of L&L Holding Company, we have been able to offer a special installation of photographs from the Here is New York Collection at 195 Broadway across from the World Trade Center site. My hope is that together with Remembering 9/11 in New-York Historical’s Central Park West home, here is new york @ 195 Broadway offers a place to reflect on the events of September 11 and the days that followed, and to remember those who lost their lives.

With all best wishes,

Louise Mirrer

Louise Mirrer, Ph.D.
President and CEO



Starting September 8, Remembering 9/11 will be on view Tuesday to Saturday 10am—6pm and Sunday 11am—5pm. Other galleries reopen November 11. The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture is open by appointment (48 hours advance booking required).

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is open by appointment from September 10 to November 11, 2011.

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Remembering 9/11  

Starting September 8th, the New-York Historical Society will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a free special exhibition, Remembering 9/11.

The New-York Historical Society Museum Store will give away a poster reproduction of Downtown Sunset by artist Lawrence Kelsey to all who visit Remembering 9/11. Offer valid September 8 through November 10, 2011.  Limit one free poster per visitor while supplies last. In store only; offer not available online.

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Family Programs

Special September 11 Story Hour: Fireboat by Maira Kalman
Sunday, September 11, 11:30 am
With Firefighter Vin Panaro and Museum Educator Katie Fuller


Fall Public Programs
Mikhail Gorbachev  

Don’t miss our outstanding fall program lineup, which includes An Evening with Mikhail Gorbachev moderated by Charlie Rose, Amanda Foreman and Harold Holzer on Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War, Susan Hertog on Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson and more. Tickets for all public programs can now be purchased by calling the New-York Historical Society’s new in-house call center at (212) 485-9268 or online at

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Public programs will continue at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Central Park West and 64th Street until our spectacularly renovated Robert H. Smith Auditorium opens on November 11.

Take Your Seat

Auditorium Rendering


Take Your Seat in History
at New York’s Front Row on History

In November 2011, we will open our doors to the Robert H. Smith Auditorium, a state-of-the-art theater that can accommodate an expanded schedule of the New-York Historical Society’s evening lectures, performances, special events and educational programs, in addition to a multimedia cinematic experience for museum visitors of all ages.

Click here to learn more about how you can “Take Your Seat in History”, or call (212) 485-9217.

NY Island Washed Away!

McKim, Mead and White Architectural Drawing


Lore has it that Hog Island – a little spit of land off the coast of Far Rockaway that was said to resemble the back of a hog -- was washed away in the hurricane of 1893.  But though this story is trotted out every time New York City is threatened by another hurricane, contemporaneous sources suggest a more gradual end.


Course of Emoire Inspires
Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire  

Art inspires, and sometimes what it inspires is other art. When composer Nell Shaw Cohen first saw Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire at the New-York Historical Society, she was inspired to write a piece that represented the story seen in Cole’s series.


Institute for Constitutional History

Graduate students and junior faculty in history, political science, law or related disciplines must apply by September 9 to participate in the Institute for Constitutional History's Robert H. Smith Seminar for Fall 2011. This seminar will examine the ways in which the Constitution and constitutional law have drawn upon international ideas, incorporated international law into our domestic legal order, and responded to international legal/political issues.

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