Historical Society: Children
at Risk, 1653-2003
New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening
of its exhibition Children at Risk: Protecting New York City’s
Youths, 1653-2003, which will be on view November 4, 2003–April
with support from The New York Times Company Foundation, and
honoring its Neediest Cases Fund, Children at Risk documents
the efforts made over the past three hundred fifty years by
New York philanthropists, journalists, reformers, missionaries,
government officials, and ordinary citizens to improve the
lives of their most vulnerable fellow New Yorkers—impoverished
children. The exhibition and a related public program series
are curated by N-YHS Senior Historian for Special Projects,
Dr. Steven H. Jaffe.
than any other American city, New York has been the place where
changing ways of seeing and understanding the causes of poverty,
the character of the poor, and the efficacy of proposed solutions
have been aired, debated and put into effect. Ever since the
city fathers of Dutch New Amsterdam first appointed official “orphan
masters” to oversee the financial affairs of the colony’s parentless
children in 1653, the risks posed to the city’s young people
have been at the center of charitable endeavor and public policy.
document the city’s historic role in confronting the problem,
the exhibition will showcase approximately 500 paintings, prints,
drawing, maps, original documents, and photographs from the
Society’s own collections, as well as rare materials on loan
from other institutions such as the Children’s Aid Society,
the New York City Municipal Archives, and selections from nine
decades worth of collected documents from The New York Times
New-York Historical Society, located at West 77th Street
and Central Park West, is open to the public from Tuesday
to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults;
$5 for students and seniors. For general information, the
public can call (212) 873-3400.
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