NOTED LINCOLN SCHOLAR HAROLD HOLZER IS NAMED AS THE FIRST ROGER HERTOG FELLOW OF THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NEW YORK, NY, December 20, 2012 — Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, today announced that Harold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, has been named the first Roger Hertog Fellow at New-York Historical. Established in honor of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New-York Historical, the Roger Hertog Fellowship is a two-year residency aimed at furthering the work of an eminent scholar through research in the New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library and its Museum.
Roger Hertog stated, “A great institution is more than archival treasures and exhibitions; it also needs great scholars. Harold Holzer is such a man.”
Mr. Holzer currently serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beginning in January 2013, he is scheduled to assume the new post of Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs with much-reduced administrative responsibility. He will also take up his residency as the Roger Hertog Fellow in January.
Harold Holzer commented, “I now have an official affiliation here at the New-York Historical Society, and nothing could make me prouder. I look forward during this Fellowship period to reveling in discovery in the collections, speaking about the New-York Historical Society wherever I travel, identifying my future work with the New-York Historical Society if I may—and expecting the inspiration that this residency makes possible. It is a great privilege to have this opportunity, for which I am deeply grateful to the Board of Trustees as a whole and to Roger Hertog in particular.”
Harold Holzer has previously been associated with New-York Historical as Chief Historian for its award-winning 2009-2010 Lincoln Bicentennial exhibition Lincoln and New York and as editor of the accompanying catalogue. He is a frequent featured lecturer in New-York Historical’s Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series and will serve as moderator for several 2012-2013 Schwartz Series programs. Mr. Holzer’s new book, A History of the Civil War in 50 Objects from the New-York Historical Society, will be published to coincide with Father’s Day 2013.
Harold Holzer has been the author, co-author, or editor of forty-two books to date, the most recent of which was Emancipating Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard University Press). He serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 2000, and which he co-chaired from 2001 to 2010. President George W. Bush awarded Harold Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008.
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The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; Nueva York (1613 – 1945); and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.
From October 5, 2012 through May 27, 2013, New-York Historical is presenting WWII & NYC, a major new exhibition on the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history. WWII & NYC will restore to memory New York’s crucial and multifaceted role in winning the war, the exhibition will commemorate the 900,000 New Yorkers who served in the military while also exploring the many ways in which those who remained on the home front contributed to the national war effort.