January 2015: Louise Mirrer Shares the Treasures of the New-York Historical Society
Have you had the pleasure of visiting the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library?
With my co-host, Hope Katz Gibbs, I was happy to travel to New York City and interview Louise Mirrer (pictured here), the president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. Since 2004, she has raised more than $100 million to honor the history of New York.
The Historical Society opened in 1804, when it was more of a club for the city’s elite.
But in the 200 years since, it has been transformed into a thriving gallery, filled with more than 60,000 artifacts, that has been visited by people from around the world.
“The organization is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its continuing influence on today’s world,” explains Mirrer.
Scroll down to “Tour the NYHS With CEO Louise Mirrer” for our Q&A.
Also in this issue:
- This Month in History: Here’s a quick quiz — Which two historical figures were born on the same day? Read all about it in the righthand column under “This Month in History.”
- In the News: The Wall Street Journal reports: “Civics Instruction Moves Up in Class.” According to reporter Caroline Porter, “After years on the back burner of the nation’s educational agenda, civics is making a comeback, with a number of states mandating new classes or assessments and a burgeoning national push for high-school seniors to pass the exam required of new citizens.” More information here.
- Events: And don’t miss the fabulous events happening at all of the historic and presidential homes in January. See a partial list at the end of the righthand column, or click here to view the complete list.
Here’s to a wonderful 2015, and to the Grateful American™ Foundation continuing to restore enthusiasm in American history. — David Bruce Smith, Founder