Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Sleepy Hollow and the Road You'd Better Not Follow

Sun, October 27th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

Sleepy Hollow and the Road You'd Better Not Follow by Donna Davies
Walk with Ned and his friend through the eerie village of Sleepy Hollow. Will they find the legendary Hessian soldier, the Headless Horseman, in this old Dutch town? Or will he find them? Join us for this modern day rendition of Washington Irving's classic to find out!
 

Spirits of Hallowe'ens Past

Thu, October 31st, 2013 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dress up like your favorite historical character and come to where curious kids celebrate Halloween! Meet the headless horseman, listen to Gilded Age ghost stories, visit fortune tellers, and taste test historic candy. Special musical performances of Haunted History Tales by master spooky storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, will entertain families throughout the evening.

Free with Museum admission.

 

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus

Nov 25 2011 - Jan 8 2012

Though legend has it that Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, he was actually a New Yorker who came into the world on West 23rd Street in what is now the trendy Chelsea neighborhood.

Thomas Nast and George Webster. Santa Claus and his works. New York: McLoughlin Bros., ca 1870. New-York Historical Society, YC1870.Web.

The modern Santa was born in the imagination of Clement Clarke Moore, a scholar who penned a whimsical poem about St. Nicholas, the patron of old Dutch New York, for the amusement of his six children at Christmastime. Soon after the publication of "A Visit from St. Nicholas"—popularly known today by its opening line, "Twas the night before Christmas…""—St. Nicholas became a popular feature of American Christmas celebrations. Moore's poem permanently connected St. Nicholas to Christmas, and led to our idea of Santa Claus.

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