A special installation recreates the setting of the first inauguration when George Washington took the oath of office in New York City on April 30, 1789.
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Rembrandt Peale
George Washington, ca. 1852
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Unidentified maker
Balustrade section from Federal Hall, New York, 1788-89
New York City
Painted wrought iron
Gift of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York

Unidentified maker
George Washington inaugural armchair, 1788-89
New York City
Mahogany; pine, yellow poplar
Gift of Edmund B. Southwick

Amos Doolittle (American, 1754-1832) after Pierre Lacour I (French, 1745-1814)
Federal Hall, The Seat of Congress
Process reproduction from the original engraving (1790), 1903 [detail]
New-York Historical Society Library

We the People, 2011
96 x 324 inches; 243.8 x 823 cm
In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Certificate of Authenticity included
Photo: Will Brown
Speed Art Museum, Gift of the Speed Contemporary, 2016. LM15178

Matthew “Levee” Chavez
Subway Therapy, 2016
Photo courtesy Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society
Subway Therapy concept and curation by Matthew “Levee” Chavez. www.subwaytherapy.com

Through Inauguration Day, visitors to the New-York Historical Society can add their words to Messages for the President-Elect, a special installation on view in the Museum’s glass entryway on Central Park West, inspired by the Subway Therapy project.
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Throughout winter 2017 and into the spring, a series of public programs will feature historians and experts as they delve into fascinating aspects of the presidency and its history over the past two centuries.
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Every weekend from January 28–February 26, young visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Living Historians portraying various presidents, cabinet members, first ladies, and other relevant historical figures.
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Interactive activities during the Presidents’ Day school break will offer families an inspiring way to learn together about U.S. presidents.
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Every week through Presidents’ Day, visitors can take a new quiz about the presidency at the Museum and online to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the presidency and what it means to be president.
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The Presidency Project
Courtesy New-York Historical Society

Creative: Tronvig Group