Watch art and history come alive every day at New-York Historical! Learn about the past and engage with your community through our digital audio and video resources.


The New-York Historical Society makes history matter every day by bringing you engaging educational programs, intellectually stimulating lectures, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fascinating stories in art and history that you never knew. As a public resource for learning, New-York Historical works to offer audio and video digital resources where possible. Our Media Page brings you select programs and events as well as fun facts and deep dives into topics about the history of the United States through the eyes of its cultural nucleus, New York City.

Member Events

Join Curator Cristian Petru Panaite and celebrate the golden age of comedy with a tour of our current exhibition So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II and the companion exhibition The Gift of Laughter

2:30 minutes

A legendary movie star and comedian, Bob Hope was beloved by generations of service members for his work entertaining the troops. Explore his unique role during World War II with a moving six-part video series made from archival footage.

N-YHS Museum & Library
58 minutes

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 fundamentally transformed the East River and defined New York as we know it today. Radical public policy decisions and high-stakes investment made the East River into an infrastructural waterway that enabled the rapid industrial, population, and cultural boom on its eastern shore—today's Brooklyn and Queens.

Member Events

Generations of New-York Historical visitors have enjoyed our stunning, celebrated collection of Hudson River School landscapes. But did you know that many of these works came to our collection when they were still considered contemporary art?


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