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The History Forum showcases the best new work on New York City history and builds bridges between the city's past and present. Presentations by, and conversations with, historians and history makers are moderated by Suzanne Wasserman, Director of the Gotham Center.

ALL FALL 2014 FORUMS WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Admittance will be "first come, first served."

All forums are FREE for CUNY Graduate Center students.

All sessions are held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street. For more information please email or call the Gotham Center at 212-817-8474 or check Current Forums or the Calendar of Events.

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Featured Forum

New York's Colored Orphan Asylum: A History
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30-8
Martin E. Segal Theater

William Seraile discusses the history of the Colored Orphan Asylum, founded in 1836 as the nation's first orphanage for African-American children. The agency weathered three wars, two major financial panics, a devastating fire during the 1863 Draft Riots, several epidemics, waves of racial prejudice, and severe financial difficulties to care for 15,000 orphaned, neglected, and delinquent children. Weaving together African-American history with a unique history of New York, this painstaking work spotlights an unsung institution and casts light onto its complex racial dynamics.


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