Historic map of Lower Manhattan
– Image: Sanitary and Social Chart of the Fourth Ward of the City of New York
May 13th, 2020
4:00PM - 5:00PM

A recording of this program is available. 


Join Open House New York and Sarah Henry for a live virtual conversation on history. Sarah Henry is the Robert A. and Elizabeth Rohn Jeffe Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum of the City of New York.

At MCNY, Henry oversees all museum programs, including exhibitions, public programs, and publications, including the 2018 exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis. This conversation will explore the recurrent cycle of infectious disease and recovery that defines New York City’s history, and consider how past responses might shape our understanding of the current moment.


This conversation is free and open to the public and will be hosted live on GoToWebinar. Register today to receive an access link to the live webinar and to be notified once a recording is available after the event.

Note: GoToWebinar works best with Google Chrome. For tips and recommendations, check out our audio guide.

Conversations on the City 2020 is a series of conversations about the enduring value of cities at a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life. Each conversation is organized around a broad theme, but all will explore the abiding joy of living an urban life–why cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, and why our need for the human connection that cities make possible will always prevail over whatever challenges that may arise.