Louise Mirrer

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Louise Mirrer, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society.[1] Under Mirrer’s direction, the New-York Historical Society has launched a series of exhibitions, including Slavery in New York; New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War; A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls; French Founding Father: Lafayette’s Return to Washington’s America; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York, Nueva York and a rich array of intellectually engaging lectures, debates and family programs.[2] Mirrer inaugurated the Saturday Academy, an American history enhancement program for high-school students, and a new Graduate Institute on Constitutional History. Mirrer also led the Historical Society’s 100-million-dollar campaign for a major renovation of its landmark building on Central Park West, creating new permanent installation galleries and a children's history museum.[3][4] Mirrer also oversaw efforts to create a Center for Women's History, which opened in the Fall of 2016.[5]


She earned a Ph.D. in the Spanish language and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Stanford University.

She was the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York.[6]

She was named president of the New-York Historical Society in 2004.[6]


Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, ACTA, 2014;[7] Woman of Distinction Medal, League of Women Voters (2007); Dean’s Medal, CUNY Honors College (2005); Education and Student Advocacy Award, Hostos Community College (2005); President’s Medal, CUNY Graduate Center, 2004; Leadership Award, Asian-American Research Institution, 2003; New York Post’s “50 Most Influential Women in New York,” 2003; Citation of Honor, Queens Borough President’s Office, 2001; Women Making History Award, Queensborough Community College, 2001; and the YWCA “Women Achievers” Award, 2000. In 2007 she was made an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.[1][8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Louise Mirrer". New-York Historical Society. Retrieved 17 August 2011. Louise Mirrer joined the New-York Historical Society as President and CEO in June 2004. ...
  2. ^ Rothstein, Edward (9 October 2009). "When Honest Abe Met This Querulous Metropolis". New York Times. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  3. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (11 April 2011). "New-York Historical Society Renovations Take Shape". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Lee, Felicia (23 January 2010). "Historical Society to Open a Children's Museum". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  5. ^ Kozinn, Allan (November 21, 2014). "New-York Historical Society to Open Center for Women's History". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b "CUNY Administrator to Lead Historical Society". New York Times. March 13, 2004. Retrieved 2014-08-11. The New-York Historical Society named Louise Mirrer, the chief academic officer of the City University of New York, as its new president, succeeding Kenneth T. Jackson, a historian who will return to teaching at Columbia University.
  7. ^ "Annual Conference - Philip Merrill Award". American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Bios". New-York Historical Society. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  9. ^ Robin, Pogrebin (April 12, 2011). "A Bunker of History Begins to Open". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2011.

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