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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.

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

Fun Facts
2 minutes 28 seconds

Generously supported by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the DiMenna Children's History Museum celebrates American holidays and the importance of chocolate to our nation's history.

Fun Facts
3 minutes 25 seconds

Magician Joshua Jay—holder of a Guinness World Record in card tricks—presents classic illusions as seen in our exhibition Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection. Learn more about New-York Historical's Summer of Magic at nyhistory.org/magic.

Video production by Reuben Moreland
Music by Secession Studios

Fun Facts
22 minutes 15 seconds

From the Norman Rockwell Museum. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call to defend freedom worldwide through the Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear—now considered a sublime moment in rhetorical history—did not turn out to be the immediate triumph he envisioned. It would take continuous efforts and scores of patriotic artists to give his Four Freedoms new life. Most prominent among them was Norman Rockwell, whose images became a national sensation in early 1943 when they were first published in the Saturday Evening Post. Learn more in this documentary from the Norman Rockwell Museum, and see Rockwell's original works on view in our exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms.

Fun Facts
3 minutes 2 seconds

Think history is boring? No way! Our Chocolate Historian Dave and New York Historical Society's Michael Ryan take a tasty trek through NYC food history in "A Day Without Chocolate" Season 2!


Creative: Tronvig Group