National Archives at New York City

History Talks! Series Continues in 2016

Press Release
January 27, 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 the slave trade, early New York City, immigration, Native American history, and the Polio virus.

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 Dates:
(Please Note: Dates and speakers are subject to change)




February 18

Kwasi Konadu

Transatlantic Africa: 1440-1888

March 3

George O'Connor

Nick Bertozzi

Journey into Mohawk Country

Lewis and Clark

March 17

Daniel Richter

Trade, Land, Power: The Struggle for Eastern North America

March 24

Deepa Iyer

Mustafa Bayoumi

We Too Sing America

This Muslim American Life

April 7

Russell Shorto

Island at the Center of the World

April 21

Mae Ngai

Impossible Subjects:  Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

May 19

David Oshinsky

Polio: An American Story

June 16

Barbara Fields

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

July 21

Karl Jacoby

Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History

August 18

Matthew Pratt Guterl

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Seeing Race in Modern America

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America


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Previous topics have included national and local histories, including early Reconstruction, Tammany Hall, the Vietnam War, and the New York City Draft Riots. Past speakers have included Pulitzer Prize winners (Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed), National Book Award winners (Phil Klay), 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.