New-York Historical Society Announces Information on 2019 History Makers Gala

Andrew Roberts, John Monsky, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation to be Honored at New-York Historical Society’s Annual History Makers Gala Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The New-York Historical Society will present the 2019 History Makers Award to historian Andrew Roberts, author of the acclaimed book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny. The gala will take place on October 29, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street. New-York Historical Trustee John Monsky will receive the New-York Historical Society Distinguished Service Award, and the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation will receive the New-York Historical Society Medal of Merit for Public Engagement.

D-Day was the pivotal moment of World War II and arguably the single most important morning of the 20th century,” said Pam Schafler, chair of New-York Historical’s Board of Trustees. “This year’s honorees have each played a crucial role in illuminating that moment in history, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Andrew Roberts’ book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, makes it clear that there likely would never have been a D-Day without Churchill’s fierce, and often solitary, obstinacy. Bob Hope was the personification of the American ‘good heart’ and ‘good friendship’ that kept soldiers in the fight and home front audiences confident and supportive. John Monsky, through his singular D-Day multi-media program, has brought that fateful day, and the weeks and months that followed, to life.

The funds raised at the History Makers Gala benefit education programs at New-York Historical that annually serve more than 200,000 New York City public school students. Past recipients of the History Makers Award include Jim Dale (2018), William J. Bratton and Rikki Klieman (2017), Ken Burns and Ric Burns (2016), Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda (2015), Hillary Clinton (2014), David Petraeus (2013), Wynton Marsalis and Walter Isaacson (2012), and Henry Kissinger (2011), among others.

2019 Honorees

Andrew Roberts has written or edited 12 books, which have been translated into 18 languages, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. His biography of Sir Winston Churchill, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, was published fall 2018 and entered the New York Times bestseller list after being described by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and several British papers as the best biography of Churchill ever written. Based in London, he is an accomplished public speaker. He is presently a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London; the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society; and the Founder-President of the Cliveden Literary Festival.

John Monsky is a historian, writer, producer, lecturer, and lawyer. A trustee of the New-York Historical Society, he is the creator, writer, executive producer, and narrator of the American History Unbound series. He is also known for his collection of American flags—one of the finest in the United States. His day job is at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm founded by Robert M. Bass, where he serves as partner, General Counsel, and Chairman of the Social, Environmental, and Governance Committee.

The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation was established to provide for and to assure the continuation of the philanthropic ideals of Bob and Dolores Hope by supporting organizations that feed, clothe, and shelter America’s underprivileged. It also honors and preserves the “spirit of Bob Hope” and his legacy as an entertainer, comedian, patriot, humanitarian, and supporter of U.S. military service members.

Gala chairs include Helen and Robert Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Leonard and Judy Lauder, Jennifer Weis Monsky, Pam and Scott Schafler, Denise and Bernard L. Schwartz, and Leah and Michael Weisberg. Co-chairs include Nancy and Barry C. Barnett; Norman S. Benzaquen; Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder; Elizabeth B. Dater; Buzzy Geduld; Ahuva and Martin J. Gross; Susan and Roger Hertog; Patricia D. Klingenstein; Barbara K. and Ira A. Lipman; Paula and Tom McInerney; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman; Jean Margo Reid; Richard Reiss; Leslie and Alan Shuch; Michelle Smith; Gillian and Robert Steel; Laurie and Sy Sternberg; Ann and Andrew Tisch; Sue Ann Weinberg; Anita and Byron Wien; and Barbara and David Zalaznick. Vice chairs include Victoria and Travis Anderson; Judy and Howard Berkowitz; Franci Blassberg and Joseph Rice; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Ruth and Sid Lapidus; Louise and Lewis Lehrman; Joseph C. McNay; Abby and Jonathan Moses; Oak Hill Capital; Joan and Joel I. Picket; Donna and Marvin Schwartz; Paul E. Singer; Daria and Eric J. Wallach; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

What : Annual History Makers Gala

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cocktails: 6 pm | Dinner and Program: 7 pm

Where: Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street New York City

Tickets: $1,500 Chartwell Ticket

$2,500 Ally Ticket$5,000 Victory Ticket

$15,000 Churchill Table

$25,000 Vice Chair Table

$50,000 Co-Chair Table

$100,000 Chairman’s Table

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: 212-744-0799 or

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City, state, and the country, as well as to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nueva York; Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion; Superheroes in Gotham; Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes; Harry Potter: A History of Magic; and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. New-York Historical is also home to one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.