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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
12:52 am - Comicosity previews Batman '66 #69, featuring Killer Croc
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BATMAN ’66 Chapter 69
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Dean Haspiel
Cover by Mike Allred
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: September 16, 2015

Reports of a monster on the loose and robbing banks in Gotham put Batman and Robin on the trail of their deadliest foe yet—Killer Croc!

This chapter will become available for download Wednesday via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.

See the entire preview here: http://www.comicosity.com/exclusive-preview-batman-66-chapter-69/

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Saturday, September 12th, 2015
1:41 am - Making Comics Gutter Talk episode #83, featuring Dean Haspiel
I had a great two-hour conversation with Adam Greenfield via his Gutter Talk podcast about comix, life, art and "Beef With Tomato," my new graphic novel memoir published by Alternative Comics.


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1:38 am - Pheonix New Times picks BEEF WITH TOMATO for "10 Best New Graphic Novels To Read This Fall"
Beef With Tomato
By Dean Haspiel, Alternative Comics

"Haspiel has superhero drawing chops having drawn Batman and Wonder Woman for DC, among others. He also has alt-comic chops illustrating for Harvey Pekar, and picked up a primetime Emmy a few years back for graphic design; anything he has his hand in is going to look good. In this book, Haspiel is once again the star of his own show with a return to semi-autobiographical tales of his birthplace and hometown of New York."


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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
12:37 pm - Victims
Personal Opinion. Public Outrage. Political Apology. Lunch Pix = Content! Sunday Nite TV Spoilers! A.D.D. Culture. Who's next? Rinse/Repeat.

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Monday, September 7th, 2015
3:49 pm - Part Five: My Evening with David and Dean – A Conversation in Five Parts
Part Five of a great conversation I had with Jeff Ayers​ and David Greenberger (of Duplex Planet fame)​ during my 4-week retreat at Yaddo​ and a few visits to The Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY​. Hosted at Fanboys, Inc.


"I like Shakespeare, and I was into David Mamet, and I’m a big fan of Richard S. Prather, who is a crime noir writer – if you are going to write, have fun with it.

I dated a woman who would read Pekar, and she would say his grammar was appalling, and would sit there and want to fix the way something was spelled, and the way the sentences were structured, and I’d say “What are you doing?” That is the whole point, it’s observational, it is not supposed to be right. People have said that I am like a beat poet, and I don’t feel that way, but if that is the closest you can assign a criticism to something, I’ll take it."

"Jonathan Ames is another great writer, and I am lucky enough to call him a good friend. He also has this writing style that is vulnerable yet smart. Part of smart writing is to not make the reader feel like they are dumb, so you can feel inspired to tell your stories. It’s like Alex Toth, people will look at his stuff and think his stuff is really simple. But it’s highly sophisticated. You have to earn those few lines of art, and I am trying to do that with my own work. I look at my early stuff and I can see where I was going, but there is also a mess in some of it. Being able to boil down a story, to convey something is the goal. I haven’t read all of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road yet, but I suspect there is a simplification of the writing in that. I have read a chapter or two, and it was just actions; they went and did this, and then they went and did that, and then there might be some dialogue. Some of my favorite film making, like the first 10 or 15 minutes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, there are no words, and it’s incredible."

Read part five here: http://fanboysinc.com/my-evening-with-david-and-dean-a-conversation-in-five-parts-part-five/#sthash.DUjDu3g1.FnWOZW21.dpbs

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3:19 pm - Comic Book Club Live featuring Dean Haspiel, Sept 8, 2015
On this week's Comic Book Club we have Emmy-winning Writer/Artist DEAN HASPIEL! He's got an awesome new auto-biographical collection out called BEEF WITH TOMATO from Alternative Press. We're going to talk about the book, New York City, Dean's work on THE FOX and LIFE IN GENERAL.

PLUS we're going to talk FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, The Force Awakens and Pete's going to speak French for a second!

Bring some friends! Tell your neighbors! Come get some FREE COMICS. Stay for cordials and conversation!!

Comic Book Club – Live!

Tuesday, September 8th – 7pm
Tickets: FREE! (21+)
Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge St. [Btwn. Grand and Broome St.]

Come on down to the live show and be a part of the Podcast! And don't forget, every week we have FREE COMICS as well as a chance to win a $25 gift card to MIDTOWN COMICS!

Check out our website at comicbookclublive.com to find out how to watch the show live! And follow us on Twitter: @comicbooklive, @realpetelepage @azalben, and @jtsizzle

Our podcast is part of THE NERDIST NETWORK! Check it out here: http://www.nerdist.com/podcast/comic-book-club/

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Saturday, September 5th, 2015
12:59 pm - Dean Haspiel reads Jack Kirby’s OMAC: The Bleed Episode 48
I read and talk about Jack Kirby's OMAC, my second favorite creation of his, and discuss my upcoming graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO (+ more) with Joe Schmidt at the Bleeding Cool podcast, The Bleed #48: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/09/04/dean-haspiel-reads-jack-kirbys-omac-bleed-episode-48/

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Monday, August 31st, 2015
3:24 pm - Part Four: My Evening with David and Dean – A Conversation in Five Parts
Part Four of a great conversation I had with Jeff Ayers​ and David Greenberger (of Duplex Planet fame)​ during my 4-week retreat at Yaddo​ and a few visits to The Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY​. Hosted at Fanboys, Inc.


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Saturday, August 29th, 2015
4:04 pm - Adrift with Donald Trump by Matthew Ballen
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Last night at Hang Dai Studios, I drew a cover for Matthew Ballen​'s new (brief niche) novel, "Adrift with Donald Trump." I elected to NOT look at reference for Trump (why do that to myself?) and, instead, evoke a bratty Baby Trump in the spirit of Charles Schulz's Peanuts character, Pig-Pen. Also, I drew and completed the cover in a half-hour, done in the same style Matthew conceived and wrote the story (which, I think, took an entire hour). Enjoy!

Buy it for One Buck here: http://www.amazon.com/Adrift-Donald-Trump-Matthew-Ballen-ebook/dp/B014KKD5AM/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1440877850&sr=8-1&keywords=matthew+ballen

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Monday, August 24th, 2015
4:43 pm - Go Getter
I dated a great Russian gal for 7-months who was quite vocal, highly opinionated, and took charge. A go-getter. I loved that about her. One night, we were in a bar in the lower east side and a drunk woman erratically crashed into a bathroom. Seconds later, a large bully of a man went in after her and locked the door. My gal jumped out of her chair and started banging on the door, screaming "He's raping her! That man is raping a woman in the bathroom!!" I was a deer in headlights. How did my gal know that for sure? I think she was drunk, too. Anyway, I felt that I needed to back her up, protect her, by standing in front of her - waiting for the bully to rip open the bathroom door and confront the accusations. He did. A few seconds later, he ripped open the door and saw me and looked around me to see my gal, sneering at him. Yelling at him. Accusing him of rape. I was prepared to get walloped. But, instead of crushing me, he looked at us and said "My wife is sick and I'm helping her. Mind your own business!" I looked to the side of his bulging bicep and, indeed, his wife was sick, throwing up in the toilet. She looked over at us and gave everyone the nod that he - her husband - "the big bully" - was telling the truth and then hurled a stomach's worth of tequila sunrise. The man, "the monster," closed the bathroom door and my gal felt like a dummy and I was glad to enjoy a still active pulse. Albeit, rapidly throbbing pulse.

Goes to show, we never know all the details of any given public situation and some people jump to conclusions that often says more about them and who they are than the situation presented before them. I'm terrified of a world run by "smart phones" where everything is recorded and disseminated and commented on sans context.

Sure, it's better to look the fool on a situation like the one I describe above BUT, my old gal DID immediately start calling him out as a rapist before he could have possibly done anything and - I guess - that's part of the point. STOP it BEFORE it could happen. Still, it sucks to be considered an automatic rapist because you're big and muscle-bound. I've misjudged people often because of the way they look and it's just not fair. Getting involved can get you killed, too. BUT, you won't see me whipping out my cell phone to record a potentially ugly and dangerous situation and do NOTHING to help resolve it. If I don't have a safe way to involve myself vocally and/or physically, I would use my phone -- AS A PHONE -- and call 911.

I get that we currently live in a George Orwell world (that's begging for Jack Kirby's OMAC), but intelligence (and, I mean true data and understanding of said true data) has been thrown out of the window and been replaced by public shaming for the sake of character assassination. This is why we elect officials and experts to help disseminate potentially caustic information while pundits of all grades continue to wax sensationalism. We all whisper and gossip behind closed doors because we're fascinated by human behavior. We're all a bunch of ill-advised Sherlock Holmes trying to figure out the human condition. But, the second we publish events sans context (I've been guilty of this too with some of those police videos), we let slip the ability to repair and hone positive change and only foster rage and hate. Pointing fingers is a blame game.

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3:38 pm - Part Three: My Evening with David and Dean – A Conversation in Five Parts
Part Three of a great conversation I had with Jeff Ayers​ and David Greenberger (of Duplex Planet fame)​ during my 4-week retreat at Yaddo​ and a few visits to The Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY​. Hosted at Fanboys, Inc.


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12:21 am - Pop Mythology: Wizard world chicago 2015: where zombies, yoga and sci-fi speed dating converge

(Gavin Smith, Dean Haspiel, Onrie Kompan, and moderator Victor Dandridge, photo c.2015 The Pop Mythologist)

"Our next panel was How Independent Creators Can Help Solve the Industry’s Diversity Issues. Given the topic, it was predictably held in a smaller room than the zombie panel but it was a thoroughly engaging 45 minutes thanks to the well-spoken panelists: Dean Haspiel (Beef With Tomato), Gavin Smith (All Superheroes Must Die), and Onrie Kompian (Yi Soon Shin) along with moderator Victor Dandridge (The Samaritan) discussed numerous kinds of diversity issues in the industry encompassing race, gender, sexuality and class. The panelists acknowledged real problems in the industry while also talking about the importance of introspection and of owning up to the quality of one’s work instead of automatically playing the race (or gender/class/sexuality) card when things don’t go one’s way and saying something like, “They didn’t hire me because I’m Asian [or fill in the blank].”

I was able to chat briefly afterwards with panelists Onrie Kompian and Dean Haspiel who were both gracious and even sympathetic to my challenge of trying to cover a con as a disabled writer. “I don’t even have Lyme disease and I already feel like I need a nap,” quipped Haspiel."

Read the entire Pop Mythology article about Wizard World Chicago 2015 here: http://www.popmythology.com/wizard-world-chicago-2015/

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
2:18 pm - Batman '66 #29 solicitation
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BATMAN ‘66 #29
Written by JEFF PARKER
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Popular BATMAN ’66 artist Jonathan Case returns with an all-new story featuring Catwoman! The tables are turned as the Feline Fatale must come to the rescue of her caped crime-fighting counterpart—holy role reversal! Then, get ready for a family reunion as Ma Parker brings her criminal clan back to the streets of Gotham City. It’s Batman vs. the ladies in this issue!


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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
10:02 pm - Benton & Haspiel talk art comix at Word Balloon Podcast
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(Dean Haspiel, Jackson & Terra Kushner, Gregory Benton at Hang Dai Studios)

Gregory Benton & Dean Haspiel talk about art comix, their Hang Dai Editions graphic novels, and the late Seth Kushner, with John Siuntres at Word Balloon podcast.


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3:48 pm - Dean Haspiel at Wizard World Chicago
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I will be a special guest at Wizard World Chicago this coming Thursday, August 20th - Sunday, August 23rd, and I will be at table B30. I will have copies of my new Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, and the exclusive THE WALKING DEAD variant cover I did, plus other stuff for sale. I will also be available for illustration commissions and sign any comix.

I'm also doing a few panels moderated by comix legend, Danny Fingeroth:

Friday August 21:
While comics are more than ever a major part of popular culture, it’s relatively rare that creators work comfortably and regularly in the worlds of comics and other pop culture forms. Today, J.J. Sedelmaier (The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Tek Jansen), Dean Haspiel (writer & artist on The Fox; Emmy-Award winner for the animated credits on HBO’s Bored to Death in Brooklyn), and Billy Martin (of the super-popular band Good Charlotte; artist on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) talk about what it’s like to shuttle between the worlds of comics and music, TV, and animation, and about what they’ve learned from doing so. Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (story supervisor of Showtime’s WhirlGirl web series; writer and editor of Spider-Man).

Saturday August 22:
Accomplished comics writers Mike Grell (Green Arrow), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel), Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels, going from initial idea to outline to script to finished story. Plus, the panelists will answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!

Sunday August 23:
The model of comics creators tethered to one or two major publishers, working on adventures of corporately-owned characters is no longer the only game in town. Many of the writer-artists in comics work either exclusively on their own material, while others work both sides of the street, alternating independent work with mainstream assignments done in their own distinctive styles. Here, speaking about how they have forged their own paths, are some of the most distinctive creators in comics today: Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Barbara Slate (Getting Married and Other Mistakes), and Victor Dandridge (Origins Unknown). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels).


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Monday, August 17th, 2015
2:05 pm - Graphic NYC Trading Cards to Benefit Seth Kushner’s Family
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Hang Dai Editions is honored to partner with Christopher Irving of The Drawn Word and Graphic NYC to present an exclusive 13-piece trading card set featuring twelve perennial cartoonists photographed by the late Seth Kushner, and a portrait of Kushner photographed by his good friend, Carlos Molina.

Read the press release here: http://hangdaieditions.com/2015/08/17/graphic-nyc-trading-cards-to-benefit-seth-kushners-family/

Also, Hannah Means-Shannon conducted a great interview with Chris Irving about the trading card project at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/18/portrait-cards-of-comics-pros-celebrate-seth-kushner-and-benefit-his-family-talking-with-christopher-irving-of-graphicnyc/

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9:42 am - Part Two: My Evening with David and Dean – A Conversation in Five Parts
Part Two of a great conversation I had with Jeff Ayers​ and David Greenberger (of Duplex Planet fame)​ during my 4-week retreat at Yaddo​ and a few visits to The Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY​. Hosted at Fanboys, Inc.


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Thursday, August 13th, 2015
1:27 pm - SpongeBob SquarePants #47
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I illustrated a two-page "A Day in the Life of Larry the Lifeguard" comic in SpongeBob SquarePants #47, written by Sam Henderson, lettered by Rob Leigh, and edited by Chris Duffy.

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
12:37 pm - Comics Alternative’s publisher spotlight on Hang Dai Editions
Comics Alternative did a nice publishers spotlight and early review of Hang Dai Editions’ fall releases of Seth Kushner’s SCHMUCK, Gregory Benton’s SMOKE, and Dean Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO, on their podcast, episode #148. Big thanks to Derek Royal and Gene Kannenberg, Jr.

You can listen to it HERE: http://comicsalternative.com/episode-148/

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
"Also on view will be art from Dean Haspiel’s independent web-based comic books, including the Brooklyn-based Red Hook and a comic book set, in part, during the 2003 blackout."

From the press release:

Superheroes in Gotham
On View October 9, 2015 – February 21, 2016

New York, NY (August 11, 2015) – This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold history of comic books, a cultural phenomenon born in 1930s New York City that has since taken the world by storm. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Beyond the characters, Superheroes in Gotham will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology.

Among the range of material on display will be: a rare comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance (Action Comics No. 1, June 1938), clips from early radio and film adaptations, Philip Pearlstein’s Superman painting (1952), original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, 1962), a Batmobile made for the Batman television series (1966), a costume from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), hip-hip pioneer Darryl McDaniels’ DMC comic book (2014), and his signature fedora.

“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Superheroes in Gotham will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”

The exhibition is curated by the New-York Historical Society’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

Exhibition Overview

Upon entering the New-York Historical Society’s Central Park West entrance, visitors will be greeted by an original working Batmobile (1966), one of three cars created for the 1966-68 Batman television series.

The first gallery will trace each character’s origins within the context of their creators and period events. A range of first-issue comic books will be displayed, including Superman’s Action Comics No. 1 and Batman (No. 1, Spring 1940). During World War II, many superhero stories channeled American concerns about the conflict. In addition, several of their creators also enlisted. Wartime issues of Captain America (1942) and an original drawing (ca. 2000) by Joe Simon—who served in the U.S. Coast Guard— will present Captain America as the ultimate patriotic warrior. Superman was also enlisted, and lent his support in a range of U.S. Army and Navy training materials (ca. 1942-43). A drawing of Wonder Woman in an early version of her patriotic costume by H.G. Peter (ca. 1941) will be shown alongside a “Wonder Woman for President” issue (No. 7, Winter 1943).

Two of Steve Ditko’s original drawings of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, September 1962) will be displayed alongside a copy of the published issue. Considered Spider-Man’s “birth certificate”, these drawings will be on public view for the first time outside of the Library of Congress. Other Cold War-era artifacts include original cover art for The Invincible Iron Man (No. 1, 1968).

The second gallery will explore how superheroes flew from page to screen decades before they became blockbuster movie franchises. Scripts, audio recordings, animation cels, and cartoon clips will illuminate Superman’s multimedia adaptation less than two years after his comic book debut. One particular clip from the Superman cartoon (1941) will depict the character flying for the first time, rather than leaping as he did in print. After appearing in two film serials in the 1940s, Batman was reimagined in a popular television series (1966-68) and full length film (released in 1966). In addition to an original Batmobile (1966), the exhibition will feature three Batman set paintings by art director Leslie Thomas (ca. 1966-68) and a Catwoman costume (ca. 1966). Clips from the Wonder Woman television series (1975-79), as well as a copy of Ms. magazine’s first issue depicting her at the helm (1972), illuminate Wonder Woman’s development as a second-wave feminist icon.

The third and final gallery will examine the enduring influence of superheroes on a wide range of New York-based artists, cartoonists, contemporary comic book creators, and fans. Known today for his hyperreal nude portraits, the exhibition will feature Philip Pearlstein’s Superman (1952), a proto-pop art painting from his early career. Also featured will be cartoonist Mort Gerberg’s original illustration art for The New Yorker (“Do you have any references besides Batman?”, July 1997) alongside Batman drawings he doodled inside a childhood Hebrew School book (circa 1940). A costume from Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), the most-expensive production in Broadway history, will also be exhibited.

Superheroes in Gotham will also explore contemporary New York- based superhero comics. A copy of DMC (2014)—which follows the comic book alter-ego of musician Darryl McDaniels in 1980s New York—will be displayed alongside the hip-hop pioneer’s trademark fedora, glasses and Adidas sneakers (worn by the fictional superhero DMC as well) . Also on view will be art from Dean Haspiel’s independent web-based comic books, including the Brooklyn-based Red Hook and a comic book set, in part, during the 2003 blackout. The exhibition will conclude with ephemera from the United States’ first comic convention, which took place in New York in 1964, as well as photographs and posters from recent years.

Support for Superheroes in Gotham is provided by The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank and The William T. Morris Foundation.

Public and Family Programs

To celebrate the exhibition’s opening on October 9, the New-York Historical Society will host a special superhero edition of The Big Quiz Thing trivia game show, as well as special family activities. On October 16, New-York Historical will screen both classic versions of “The Mark of Zorro,” starring Tyrone Power (1940) and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1920, silent), as part of their “Justice in Film” series. On October 31, all ages will be invited to channel their own superpowers at a Family Halloween Party, featuring a supervillain trivia contest, fortune-telling, crafts, scavenger hunts, and trick-or-treating. Farther ahead, Jill Lepore— winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2015 American History Book Prize—will explore The Secret History of Wonder Woman on January 14, 2016.

About the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.


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