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Upcoming Events


Night at the Museums with Make Music New York

Tuesday, June 21st 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  

Visit the Archives and 14 other Lower Manhattan cultural institutions for Night at the Museums as a part of River to River festival. Also featuring live music by Epyllion and Hejira as a part of Make Music NY.



Strangers in the West: Book Talk with Linda Jacobs

Thursday June 30th 6:30-7:30 p.m.  



"Strangers in the West" is the first and only detailed study of the early immigrant community in the Lower West Side tenements. Dr. Jacobs spent a decade researching the stories of this community and will speak on her research process in addition to reading selections from the book.


Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

Saving Gotham: a Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors, and the Fight for Eight Million Lives

By Tom Farley, M.D.
Wednesday, July 6th from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m



This book is describes the public health initiatives led by NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden and his successor Thomas Farley.  With support from the Bloomberg administration, the NYC Health Department focused on passing anti-smoking legislation, outlawing trans fats in city restaurants and other incentives.  This promises to be an interesting reading experience.  Join us on July 6, at 1:00, 31 Chambers Street, Rm. 111, Visitor Center.



Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy

Thursday, May 25th to Friday, September 16th

Before the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center, Manhattan’s lower west side was home to one of the largest and earliest communities of Arab Americans in the nation. Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy tells the story of this neighborhood from its beginnings in the late 1800s to its legacy in Brooklyn and beyond.This exhibition was researched, developed and produced by the Arab American National Museum. On view from May 25-September 2016.  

A contemporary exhibit of Mike Appleton’s documentary photographs also will be shown.



Bring Your Genealogy Group to the Municipal Archives

The NYC Municipal Archives is now scheduling custom workshops for groups of 15 or less.

In addition to over nine million vital records, there are many collections genealogists and family historians can explore, including: Estate Inventories, City Directories, Potter’s Field Records, Indictment Files, and Civil War Volunteer Rolls.

Workshops will be offered on four dates in 2016. Please see below for dates that are still available:

                  June 24th            October 28th                   August 26th                        

For more information and to schedule your group visit, contact Marcia Kirk at Please put “WORKSHOP” in the subject line.


Past Events

Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement

Understanding the suffrage movement and the place of women of color in it is also an important task for us as we head toward the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State. Voting rights were as vital to black women, but knowledge of their activism is scant. Most important for us today is putting black women suffragists in the center of the story, learning their stories as much as possible about their points of view. 

Susan Goodier, Ph.D., is a scholar who focuses on U.S. women's activism from the period of the Civil War through the First World War. She holds master’s degrees in Gender History and Women’s Studies, and a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women's History. She teaches at SUNY Oneonta, and serves as book review editor for theNew York History journal. 





An Evening with Anthony Flint

Anthony Flint (, fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy ( and author of "Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City," will reflect on Jane Jacobs' role in fighting the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and how she and courageous New Yorkers changed the course of citizen participation in urban planning.