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The New York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York City's oldest museum and one of the nation's most distinguished independent research libraries.

The Society is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the worlds greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.

The New-York Historical Society houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of our country, the history of art in America, and the history of New York and its people. The museum collection of more than 60,000 objects and works of art may be viewed online at, and in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture, an innovative, "visible storage" installation. Fine art holdings include renowned Hudson River School landscapes; masterpieces of colonial and later portraiture; John James Audubon's watercolors for The Birds of America; an encyclopedic collection of sculpture; and much more. Great achievements in the making of silver, ceramics, and furniture, along with one of the most important Tiffany lamp collections, are the stars of our decorative arts holdings. Artifacts relating to New York's participation in local and global events, among them the slave trade, the American Revolution, and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, chronicle the history of New York and the nation through our own day. Three million manuscripts, photographs, prints, maps and books complement these art and artifact collections and are accessible at Bobcat. Also accessible online is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the Society. We draw from all of these holdings to create interpretive exhibitions illuminating the past.

Key People

Senior Staff

President and Chief Executive Officer: Louise Mirrer
Executive Vice President; Director of Museum Division: Linda S. Ferber
Director of Museum Administration: Roy Eddey
Executive Vice President; Director of Library Division: Jean W. Ashton
Director of Library Operations: Nina Nazionale
Vice President for Communications: Laura Washington
Vice President of Education: Adrienne Kupper
Vice President for Operations: Andrew Buonpastore
Vice President of Public Programs: Dale Gregory
Chief Financial Officer: Richard Shein
General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer: Jennifer Schantz
Director of Engineering Services: Ron Gilchrist
Director of Exhibitions: Gerhard Schlanzky
Director of Human Resources: Naomi Goldman
Director of Merchandise Operations: Ione Saroyan
Director of Security: Tony Christoforou
Director of Special Events: Brooke Botwinick
Director of Visitor Services: Chris Catanese

Board of Trustees

Roger Hertog, Chair
Louise Mirrer, President & C.E.O.
Richard Gilder, Nancy Newcomb, Executive Committee Co-Chairs

Board Members
Helen Appel
William Beekman
Judith Roth Berkowitz
David Blight
Ric Burns
James S. Chanos
Ravenel B. Curry III
Elizabeth B. Dater
Barbara Knowles Debs
Joseph A. DiMenna
Charles E. Dorkey III
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Richard Gelfond
Martin J. Gross
Roberta P. Huber
Kenneth T. Jackson
Patricia Klingenstein
Sidney Lapidus
Lewis E. Lehrman
Alan P. Levenstein
Glen S. Lewy
Ira A. Lipman
Tarky Lombardi, Jr.
Carl B. Menges
Bruce E. Mosler
Sarah E. Nash
The Honorable George E. Pataki
Russell P. Pennoyer
Charles M. Royce
Thomas A. Saunders III
Pam B. Schafler
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
Bernard Schwartz
Ernest Tollerson
Alice L. Walton
Sue Ann Weinberg
Byron R. Wien
Hope Brock Winthrop

Honorary Trustees
Patricia Altschul
Leila Hadley Luce

Special Events
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1.Calendar: New-York Historical Society - 2011 History Makers Gala
2.Calendar: New-York Historical Society - 2011 History Makers Gala
3.Image Gallery: New-York Historical Society 2010 Strawberry Festival Luncheon
4.Image Gallery: New-York Historical Society 2010 Weekend with History Gala
5.Image Gallery: The Grateful Dead Exhibition Preview and Reception at the N-YHS
6.Calendar: New-York Historical Society 2009 History Makers Gala
7.Image Gallery: New-York Historical Society 2009 Strawberry Festival Luncheon
8.Calendar: New-York Historical Society - 2009 Strawberry Festival Benefit
9.Calendar: New-York Historical Society - Weekend with History Gala
10.Image Gallery: New-York Historical Society 2009 Weekend with History Gala
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New York, NY 10024
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