From getting looted by British soldiers during the American Revolution to George Washington forgetting to return two books, one New York City membership library dating back to 1754 has been through it all. But how has a book collection managed to keep its doors open for over 250 years? It’s time to uncover the secrets of New York City’s oldest library like never before.
Led by a staff member of the New York Society Library, our virtual exploration of the library’s history and the landmarked building will include:
- A brief introduction to the library’s rich history, with an overview of the 1917 John S. Rogers Italianate townhouse that’s been the library’s home since 1937.
- A discussion around the library’s most famous members, including George Washington, John Jay, Herman Melville, and Willa Cather.
- A virtual walkthrough of the major public and member-only spaces, including the conservation studio and archives.
- A detailed look at the current literary-themed exhibition.
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with the New York Society Library staff member — any and all questions about the library are welcomed and encouraged!
Hosted on Zoom. Free and open to all. Register here: https://bit.ly/3vJwVhe.
This program is a collaboration between Warner Library and Irvington Public Library.
The New York Society Library is located at 53 East 79th Street in New York City. To view their website, click here: https://www.nysoclib.org/.