Young couple in beach chairs read a book together, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, undated (ca. 1920). William D. Hassler photograph collection. New-York Historical Society, 25833.

History Book Club

Held Live on Zoom, November 2020 – May 2021

History Book Club is going virtual this season! Join your fellow New-York Historical Members to delve into and discuss an array of fascinating books that bring together history, art, culture, and politics.

Each History Book Club session will feature a New-York Historical expert to introduce the book selection and initiate the discussion. Then you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and enlightening conversation with other Members. This program is an exciting way to participate in a series of casual yet thought-provoking forums.

Selections for 2020/21 include:

  • Monday, November 23, 2020– Begin Again, James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., featuring a special introduction and Q&A with the author
  • Monday, January 25 – American Cuisine and How It Got That Way by Paul Freedman, featuring a special introduction and Q&A with the author
  • Monday, March 22 – Princess of the Hither Isles: A Black Suffragist’s Story from the Jim Crow South by Adele Logan Alexander, featuring a special introduction and Q&A with the author; RSVP here >
  • Monday, May 24 – The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee; RSVP here >

Meetings take place on Mondays, 5:30–7 pm via Zoom. 

All book selections will be available for purchase in the NYHistory Store.

Questions? Contact the Membership Office at

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