New-York Historical Society

New York City

Bernard Schwartz serves as a member of the board of The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, a preeminent educational and research institution, and home to both New York City’s oldest museum and one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries.

Founded in 1804, New-York Historical Society’s museum holdings cover four centuries of American history, including one of the world’s 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.

New-York Historical's Patricia D. Klingenstein research library is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the United States. Among its collections are far-ranging materials relating to the founding and early history of the nation; one of the best collections of 18th-century newspapers in the United States; an outstanding collection of materials documenting slavery and Reconstruction; and an exceptional collection of Civil War material.

The New-York Historical Society is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, complemented by related public and education programs.

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

The New-York Historical Society regularly plays host to the most eminent historians, writers and thinkers in the nation. The heart of the New-York Historical Society public programs is the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, New-York Historical has been able to produce a wide array of extraordinary lectures and conversations focusing on history, politics, and current affairs, as well as a variety of other topics. In addition, the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series, now in its fourth year, has brought an exciting roster of notable writers, actors, and filmmakers to our stage. Visit for links to lectures, walks, and films.

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellows Program was established in 2005 to foster a vibrant relation between the New-York Historical Society and The New School’s Eugene Lang College. Post-doctoral Fellows are invited to help build this connection through research, teaching, and public history programming. In the course of a one-year (non-renewable) fellowship, Bernard and Irene Schwartz fellows are expected to develop a major research project with the resources of the New-York Historical Society, to teach two undergraduate courses at Eugene Lang College, and to share in both institutions’ commitments to public history.

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Summer Internship Program

Also in cooperation with the New School University's Eugene Lang College, The Bernard & Irene Schwartz Summer Internship Program is a paid internship program to provide undergraduate students with a rewarding and demanding experience that includes working within the New York Historical Society's operations and visits to other cultural institutions throughout New York City.

January 2017

New-York Historical Society releases schedule for upcoming lectures and films as part of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series and Classic Film Series.

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