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Past Exhibitions

  • The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

    June 21, 2013 to September 7, 2014

    The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and 

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  • On Display: The Declaration of Independence

    June 27, 2014 to July 3, 2014

    Celebrate Independence Day by coming to see The New York Public Library's original copy of the Declaration of Independence, handwritten by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in 1776.

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  • Holocaust Remembrance: From the Collections

    April 24, 2014 to May 7, 2014

    Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah—at The New York Public Library, this display draws from the holdings of the Dorot Jewish Division, the Rare Book Division, and the Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.  In 2014, Yom HaShoah falls on April 28.

    This display 

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  • The Rose Seder Book

    April 4, 2014 to April 22, 2014

    The Rose Seder Book is a unique artists’ book, the result of an innovative annual commission from the Rose family, presented to the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division by the Rose family in 2005. In three volumes, the Rose Seder Book brings together 50 years of Passover-themed artwork, ranging 

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  • New York City History on display

    April 4, 2014 to April 7, 2014


    In conjunction with the programs on April  5th celebrating  our NYC historical collections and the researchers that plumb their depths, our librarians and curators have selected a few items to share with the public.  In the Map Division, you'll find a collection of maps and postcards 

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  • Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism

    October 4, 2013 to April 6, 2014

    Historically, the national and international response to the HIV epidemic lagged behind the passionate work of dedicated individuals who tended the sick, challenged prejudices against people living with HIV, educated their communities, and fought for resources and research. Acknowledging the 

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  • Play Things

    November 22, 2013 to March 16, 2014

    Physically and intellectually interactive, a significant number of prints and photographs are both objects and subjects of play. Playing cards, for example, were among the very first works produced in the fifteenth century with the newly invented technology of prints, and other sorts of games 

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  • A Raisin in the Sun: Lorraine Hansberry's Dream on Broadway

    February 18, 2014 to March 7, 2014

    In 1959, 28-year-old Chicago native Lorraine Hansberry won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for her first play, A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry (1930–1965) was the first African-American playwright to win a Critics’ Circle Award, and A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by an 

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  • The Struggle For Justice: Nelson Mandela, A Tribute

    December 7, 2013 to December 21, 2013

    The New York Public Library joins the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, whose inspiring leadership was unique in the 20th century and into our present age. He seemed to achieve the miraculous in avoiding a civil war in South Africa and bringing an end to apartheid, setting an example 

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  • “Dearest Jackie”: On the Death of JFK

    November 20, 2013 to December 15, 2013

    Posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), 35th President of the United States, by Bernard Fuchs. Digital ID: 1548925

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963), NYPL remembers the horrific tragedy that shook the 

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