Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Donald L. Miller
Tue, May 13th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


In the 1920s, an infectious energy filled the air as the country pushed relentlessly into the future, and at the center of it all stood a gleaming city reaching for the sky. Join us for an exploration of the cultural history of Jazz Age Manhattan—from the introduction of “talkies” to the emergence of mass communication to the broadcasting of revolutionary new music on radios—and learn why ambitious innovators of change flocked to the city, transforming America in the process.


Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine books, including Masters of the Air, currently being made into an HBO dramatic series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. His most recent book is Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone*: Please contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online*: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

*Service fee of $2.75 applies per online or over-the-phone order. (Fee waived for New-York Historical Society members.) Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final and payments cannot be refunded. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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