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
54 minutes 25 seconds

February 10, 2017 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with American philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, explores the qualities of a good leader—a topic she is currently tackling in a forthcoming book—through the lens of the American presidents she has surveyed during her distinguished career as a biographer. Presented as part of New-York Historical's annual Weekend with History: Palm Beach.

History, Politics, and War
5 Minutes 51 Seconds

Born in New York in 1813, James McCune Smith became the first university-trained African-American physician in the United States. But he was also an abolitionist who worked with Frederick Douglass and other prominent Americans of his day to fight against slavery.

N-YHS Museum & Library
6 minutes 43 seconds

For more than 300 years, New York has played a central role in the development of modern tattooing, from its origins in Native American body art to the introduction of the craft by sailors in colonial New York to the three-decade tattoo ban instituted in 1961 and the subsequent underground tattoo culture. This diverse history is explored in the exhibition, ​​Tattooed New York.

N-YHS Museum & Library
1 Minute 13 Seconds

Designed by prize-winning architect Eva Jiřičná, the new Gallery of Tiffany Lamps is a stunning, immersive display space for New-York Historical’s exceptional Tiffany lamp collection. The accompanying story of lamp-making at Tiffany Studios highlights the important contributions of head designer Clara Driscoll (1861-1944) and the uncredited “Tiffany Girls” who worked in her Women's Glass Cutting Department. Thus, the exquisite Gallery of Tiffany Lamps provides a link between the New-York Historical's permanent collection and the new Center for Women's History in the exciting Henry Luce III Center on our renovated fourth floor, open April 29, 2017.

N-YHS Museum & Library
2 minutes 35 seconds

Leave a note for our incoming president. Stop by the New-York Historical Society's front entrance on Central Park West to read people's responses and post your own on our front glass wall, now through Sunday, January 22, 2017.


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