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Museum of the City of New York, Inc. (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Sarah M. Henry (Project Director: January 2015 to February 2017)
New York at Its Core

Implementation of a permanent exhibition and public programs on New York City’s 400-year history and the challenges it faces moving into the future.

The Museum requests a $1,000,000 Chairman's Special Award implementation grant from the NEH for New York at Its Core, a major exhibition that will offer a unified consideration of New York City's past, present, and future, from the Lenape-Dutch encounter that began with Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage, to Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and beyond into an exploration of big challenges facing the city over the next generations. Opening in February 2016 as the culmination of a nine-year, $96 million renovation project, it will transform the entire first floor of the Museum's landmark building on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile. Through original artifacts and documents, historic images, archival audio and video, and interactive digital technology, this three-gallery, long-term exhibition will connect New York City's history with its ongoing life, engaging visitors in a consideration of the significance and changing nature of the urban experience in America's preeminent city.

Project fields:
History, General; U.S. History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016