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New-York Historical Society Commemorates Veterans Day with Programs Exploring Black Soldiers in WWII and Women in the Military; Vets, Military Admitted Free

November 5, 2021
Honor Veterans Day by visiting the New-York Historical Society for a program to learn about the experience of Black soldiers during World War II. (Image courtesy of Hugh Groffinet)

The New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in New York City, commemorates Veterans Day with two days of insightful programs for all ages. Admission is free for veterans and active duty military on November 11–12. All Veterans Day programs are free with Museum admission.

Veterans Day: Black Soldiers in World War II | 1 pm and 2:15 pm
Honor Veterans Day by coming to the NYHS to learn about food, rationing, and the experience of Black soldiers during World War II. Visit an interactive station to discover how a sugar-coated chocolate began as a soldier staple and later became a candy store favorite. Then, chat with a soldier—as portrayed by historical interpreter Hugh Groffinet—to learn about Black WWII vets such as Corporal Ivan J Houston, Major Hyman Yates Chase, and Captain Robert W. Hainsworth. Interact with original and reproduction WWII artifacts and learn how the country banded together to feed the troops and their families back home. After the program, visit the NYHistory Store to pick up a free sample of one of WWII’s most lasting contributions to the American diet: M&Ms! This event is sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.

ADULT PROGRAMS ON  NOVEMBER 12

Women in the Military: Keynote | 1–2 pm
Colonel (Retired) Mary Westmoreland of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army shares her recollections and personal experiences of serving in the military.

Writing Veteran Experiences: Women’s Voices After Military Service | 3–4:30 pm

Hear from five women veterans about their military service and experiences of writing about it afterwards. Join us for short readings and a moderated panel discussion about their lives after the military and the process of engaging with narrative to help share veteran experiences.

Canary in Combat Boots, a musical performance featuring Alexis Cole | 6:30–7:30 pm
Experience a hilarious one-woman show starring jazz vocalist Alexis Cole as she reflects on her experience as a soldier during Army basic training. Cole reports back from the front lines and sings iconic, World War II-era pop standards from composers like Arthur Schwartz, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser.

As part of New York City’s Key to NYC program, all visitors to New York City museums age 12 and over are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19; masks are also required. For more details, go to our FAQs

(Fun fact: the American Museum of Natural History, across the street, is providing free vaccinations for children 5-11, that comes with admission for four.)

Also visit “Notorious R.B.G.: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

New York City’s oldest museum, the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library was founded in 1804. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library—one of the most distinguished in the nation—fosters research through its outstanding collections, which holds millions of books, newspapers, maps, manuscript and archival collections, prints, photographs, and architectural collections. The Museum presents groundbreaking history and art exhibitions as well as public programs that convey the stories of New York and the nation’s diverse populations to the broadest possible public.

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (77th Street), New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org.

See also:

HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ‘NOTORIOUS RBG’ PAYS HOMAGE TO NEW YORK’S OWN RUTH BADER GINSBURG

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