Virtual Presentations - New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

While the Museum is temporarily closed, senior centers and retiree groups are invited to join live, interactive Virtual Presentations exploring New York and American history! In 60-minute sessions, curators and docents use the rich collections and special exhibitions to engage you with the past and its relevancy to today. Presentations can be booked throughout the summer and fall, with open availability.

The scheduled presentations for individuals ($10 (Free for Members)):

  • WWII & NYC: The Big Apple Goes to War, July 23, 2020, 3 pm
  • A New Light on Tiffany, July 27, 2020, 11 am
  • Lincoln & New York: The City That Made Him President, July 31, 2020, 3 pm

In addition to the scheduled presentations, private presentations may be reserved for groups of 10 or more people. Pricing is $200 for a group of up to 50 people; $300 for a group of 51-100 people. Several of the presentations are listed below. Additional offerings are listed online.

  • This captivating story—explored in the New-York Historical Society’s past exhibition​​ The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World—is now available as a virtual presentation.​ Images featured in this presentation include archival documents, maps, ritual objects, rare portraits, and the 16th-century diary—lost for 80 years—of a Mexican Jewish man persecuted for his faith.
  • Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow – Based on our 2018-19 exhibition, this virtual presentation explores Black Americans’ struggle for equality under the law from 1865 through World War I. Learn about both Southern and Northern roles in this dark chapter of our history as well as Black New Yorkers’ organizing and community-building in the face of discrimination.
  • The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Brooklyn Bridge – Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was hailed as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Well over a century later, it still stands as one of the world’s most recognizable spans. This interactive virtual presentation explores the amazing history of the bridge’s construction and the heroic and sometimes tragic stories of the men and women who made it possible. 

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