Macy's Sunday Story Time: Christmas Wishes

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 11:30
Sun, December 22nd, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel

Thanks to a group of carpenters working during the Great Depression, Henry’s Christmas wish to live in a nice, warm house may come true. Join us to find out and learn how a Rockefeller Center tradition makes this wish come true for families today.

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Mary Owen
Bob Herbert
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:00
Fri, December 6th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.

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Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

November 23, 2012
September 08, 2013

Saint Nicholas

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New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mr. George A. Zabriskie
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Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Religious and Charitable Organization Collections


One of the great, and growing, strengths of the department’s collections is records of churches, benevolent societies, educational groups, and art unions that have reached out to New York’s neediest populations and fostered the cultural life of the city over many generations. Within the scope of these organizations are the New York Mariner’s Church, Broadway Tabernacle Church and Society, the Ladies’ Christian Union, the New York Manumission Society, the Colored Orphan Asylum, the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows, the Children’s Aid Society, the New York Foundling Hospital, the Leake & Watts Children’s Home, the Traveler’s Aid Society of New York, the Emergency Shelter, the New-York African Free School, the Public School Society, the Southern Famine Relief Commission, the Artists’ Fund Society, and the American Art Union.


Dining Menus


The Klingenstein Library’s extensive collection of American dining menus—largely amassed by Chicago restaurateur Arnold Shircliffe (1880–1952) and donated to the New-York Historical Society in 1954—includes approximately 10,000 examples from honoree dinners, associational banquets, historical anniversaries, holidays, hotels, restaurants, ships, trains and planes. Descriptive information is available for each menu via an on-site database.

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It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus

November 25, 2011
January 08, 2012
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