National Archives at New York City

History Talks! Series Continues in 2016-2017 School Year

Press Release
September 12, 2016

The History Talks! series, a collaboration between the National Archives at New York City and the New York City Department of Education, continues this year with speakers focusing on a diverse series of topics, including including slavery, race, domestic workers, Native Americans, and marriage.

Each program combines primary sources, pedagogy and renowned historians discussing their latest works. Every participant receives a signed copy of the book and a packet of related primary sources from the National Archives.

This FREE educational program is held on select Thursdays throughout the year (typically 1-2 per month). Programs occur between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

These programs are held at the National Archives at New York City's Learning Center at One Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan. 

Program Agenda:
NARA staff introduce the speaker and provide a brief overview of the National Archives and our related records and the NYC Department of Education provides connections between the New York City Scope and Sequence and the historian's latest work. The historian then speaks about their book and answers questions from the audience.

Upcoming 2016-2017 Dates:
(Please Note: Dates and speakers are subject to change)




October 13

Premilla Nadasen

Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement 

October 27

Andrew Lipman

The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast

November 10

Elaine Carey

Protests in the Streets 1968 Across the Globe

December 15

Nancy Cott

Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation

January 12

Beverly Gage

The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

February 16

Manisha Sinha

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

March 16

David Blight

Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom

April 27

Ed Baptist

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

May 11

Kathleen Brown

Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America

June 1

Allyson Hobbs

A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life


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Previous topics have included national and local histories, including early Reconstruction, Tammany Hall, Native Americans, Immigration, Race and the Atlantic World. Past speakers have included Pulitzer Prize winners (Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed, David Oshinsky), National Book Award winners (Phil Klay), Bancroft Prize for American History (Eric Foner, Greg Grandin), and other distinguished award winners.


About the National Archives at New York City
The National Archives at New York City maintains the historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, dating from 1685 to the present. It also holds select microfilm publications of the National Archives and provides access to a variety of online historical resources. Since 2012, NARA NYC has been headquartered at the historic, 107 year old Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, which is a designated National Historic Landmark and also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the National Archives at New York City, visit:


About the New York City Department of Education
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school district in the US, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.