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History Like You’ve Never Felt it Before

American History Unbound is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing history to life by combining music, lectures, and material culture. We create immersive experiences that explore significant moments in American history.

American History Unbound

The American History Unbound lecture series combines live music performed by leading orchestras and celebrated Broadway actors, photographs, and films from the National Archives, historic American flags, and material culture to explore watershed moments in American history.

These critically acclaimed productions are commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Presents series. Created and narrated by historian John Monsky, lectures to date have explored the Vietnam War, the race to the moon, D-Day, and World War I.

These works have been presented at Carnegie Hall; New-York Historical Society; John F. Kennedy Center Opera House; Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York; Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida; Yale University; and New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. American History Unbound’s latest production, November 1918: The Great War & The Great Gatsby was performed to a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in 2023.

American History Unbound Inc is a 501(c)(3).


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Part of the groundbreaking Carnegie Hall Presents…American History Unbound lecture series, November 1918 takes a musical journey through complex times and a war that was believed to end all wars.

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Through music, archival photos, video, and personal letters, The Eyes of the World tells the dramatic story of the final eleven months of World War II in Europe through the words and images of Ernest Hemingway, Life magazine war photographer Robert Capa, Vogue model-turned-photojournalist Lee Miller, and a young soldier named Jerry, who landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944 with a manuscript in his knapsack - later revealed as one of America’s greatest novelists.

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Carnegie Hall presented the lecture We Chose to Go to the Moon in 2019—a music and multimedia presentation, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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Presented at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on March 24, 2018, The Vietnam War: At Home and Abroad, explores aspects of and reactions to the Vietnam War.

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