New-York Historical Society

Sat, October 14th, 2017 |

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for all ages

On October 14, 1781, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton made his famous charge to capture Redoubt Ten in the Battle of Yorktown. Come to the Museum ready with your questions for Hamilton! Portrayed by a Living Historian, Lt. Col. Hamilton tells you how he helped win the climactic campaign of the Revolutionary War. Don’t miss your chance to learn a military drill from the War for Independence under the instruction of Hamilton himself!

We’re celebrating Hamilton’s military career with Living History all weekend. Join us on Sunday to meet the New York City militia that Hamilton joined while he was still in school!

Living History Days at N-YHS
Living History: Hamilton’s Militia, Now Recruiting!
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for all ages

Immerse yourself in the independent militia company that started Hamilton’s military career! Meet the Hearts of Oak, a troop of Living Historians who portray the group of young volunteers that came together in colonial New-York on the eve of the American Revolution in 1775. Some members of the militia, like Hamilton, were students at King’s College—known today as Columbia University! Take a close look at their distinctive green coats, listen to fife and drum music, and experience a military drill.

We’re celebrating Hamilton’s military career with Living History all weekend. On Saturdaymeet Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton and learn about his victory at the Battle of Yorktown that happened on this weekend in 1781!

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New York is overflowing with stories of Alexander Hamilton’s life—but where can we find them?

Using the Hamilton chapter in their book Footprints in New York as a starting point, authors James and Michelle Nevius search out the remnants of Hamilton’s New York—from King’s College (now Columbia University), where he enrolled as a teenager; to Wall Street, where he lived and worked; to Thomas Jefferson’s “Room Where It Happened,” where he gave up Manhattan as the American seat of government in exchange for advancing his economic program. Follow in Hamilton’s footsteps during the last weeks of his life, from Fraunces Tavern to Hamilton Grange to the fateful Weehawken dueling grounds!

This is not a walking tour. Contemporary photos, historic maps, and images of objects from the New-York Historical Society’s collections will illustrate the journey.

FREE with Museum Admission on pay-as-you-wish Friday evenings. Advance registration is recommended but not required.…

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Today, American Historical Theatre helped us recreate the moments that led to the infamous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804. In a letter to Burr on June 20, Hamilton wrote: “I have maturely reflected on the subject of your letter of the 18th, and the more I have reflected, the more I have become convinced that I could not … make the avowal or disavowal which you seem to think necessary.” Their war of words culminated in their meeting in Weehawken, New Jersey. “…as the seconds do not precisely agree on that point. The pistols were discharged within a few seconds of each other and the fire of Colonel Burr took effect; General Hamilton almost instantly fell.”

Photos: Don Pollard…

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Sun, July 10th, 2016 | 11:30 am

Free with Museum admission
Ages 6 and up

Event Details

Participate in an interactive family tour where you can see artifacts related to the Hamilton-Burr duel and learn about the history and etiquette of dueling before attending The Hamilton and Burr Duel reenactment at 1 pm or 3 pm.


New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Participants will meet at the Hamilton and Burr dueling statues. The tour runs 45 minutes.

This program is part of our Summer of Hamilton series.


The New York Times describes the event further: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/arts/design/hamilton-and-burr-square-off-again-this-time-on-a-museum-stage.html?emc=edit_ur_20160708&nl=nytoday&nlid=2075420&ref=headline


YouTube video showing how the place at Weehawken, NJ, where the famous duel occurred looks in the present day (2013):




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Living History Days: MLK, Jr. Weekend (Days Of Freedom Civil War re-enactment of 26th United States Colored Troops
 Sat, January 16th, 2016 |
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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From Time Out NY: New York Exhibition of caricature works of the late great New Yorker Al Hirschfeld, the great caricaturist of Broadway at The New-York Historical Society.

If ever there were a visual distillation of the spirit of Broadway, it was an Al Hirschfeld caricature. The amazingly long-lived Hirschfeld (1903–2003) was an endless font of iconic drawings of Broadway shows and stars, Hollywood movies and many other subjects. No one before (and no one since) captured so perfectly the sense of movement, glamour and swirling giddiness that is the Great White Way. You can see about a hundred of his drawings in an exhibit called “The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld”, now through October 12 at the New-York Historical Society. The show is timed to coincide with a gorgeous new volume from Knopf: The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age (available exclusively at the New-York Historical Society now, and in bookstores July 7). “In 2015 we celebrate many milestones,” notes widow Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, president of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. “It’s been 100 years since Hirschfeld saw his first Broadway show; 90 years since his first published caricature; 70 years since he first hid the name of his daughter Nina in one of his drawings (launching a national obsession of Nina-hunters); and 40 years since he received his first of two lifetime-achievement Tony Awards.”

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Special Family Event
Living History Day
Sun, May 31st, 2015 | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday, May 31 from 11 am4pm 
Free with Museum admission
All ages

In honor of the opening of the special exhibition Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution and the Hermione, we are bringing the Third New Jersey Regiment back to the New-York Historical Society. Stop by the Museum this Sunday to meet members of the Third, ask them questions about what life was like for a common soldier during the American Revolution, see their uniforms up close, and even handle some of their fascinating gear!

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I only discovered Friday Night Bites belatedly, having missed the previous event in the series, and the artesian market which preceded both events. However, I have to salute the New York Historical Society and Morris Kitchen for coming up with a free tasting of vintage cocktails as a tie-in with an exhibition featuring photos and artifacts of the jazz age, while selling the rhubarb syrup (an essential ingredient of The Flamingo, the featured cocktail) in the gift shop. Though actually making it yourself is not nearly as fiddly a business as with some mixed drinks; no “jiggers”, “drams”, or “grains” of things to contend with (Morris Kitchen’s representatives helpfully gave out a recipe card), I cannot help but wonder about its authenticity: matters are confused by the fact that there are several different drinks called “the Flamingo”, with several variant combinations of fruit juice, soda, syrup, and rum, vodka, brandy, Cointreau and sloe gin (the “pink flamingo”), triple sec and alize red passion liqueur…but none of these others call for rhubarb syrup.

Taste of New-York History
Taste of New-York History: Friday Night Bites with Morris Kitchen
Fri, June 21st, 2013 | 6:00 pm

A Taste of New-York History is a carefully curated collection of specialty foods by local independent producers available in the Museum Store. The choice selection exemplifies a farm-to-table ethos and contributes to the larger story of American History told at the New-York Historical Society. Friday Night Bites is a new series of evening events, free to the public, to be held in the New-York Historical Society Museum Store. On select Friday Nights we’ve invited local food makers to come and tell the story of their business, their food making process and to offer tastes of foods and drinks made using their creations.

To RSVP, please e-mail bites@nyhistory.org

Morris Kitchen

Morris Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York, maker of fine beverage flavor syrups, was started by brother and sister Tyler and Kari Morris in 2009. Kari came to New York to organize art fairs and events and since then has been involved in programs with City Harvest, Citizen Schools, and most recently teaching kids and adults about local produce and healthy eating habits. Tyler, previously sous chef in some of New York City’s notable restaurants, is well educated in seasonal ingredients and sustainable farming. The Morrises of Morris Kitchen will bring their spirited flavored syrups and soothing summer mixology skills on the evening of the Museum’s Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York exhibition opening.…

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