CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WITH OUR ANNUAL CLASSIC TOYS AND TRAINS EXTRAVAGANZA 

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection
On View October 28, 2016 – February 26, 2017


New York, NY, October 7, 2016Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection returns to the New-York Historical Society this holiday season to delight and inspire children of all ages. On view October 28, 2016, through February 26, 2017, this vibrant and sweeping display of spectacular antique toy trains, toys, and scenic elements celebrates the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of New-York Historical’s first floor, featuring 300 pieces from the Jerni Collection that transform the space into a magical wonderland. Theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects immerse visitors in an enchanting holiday experience. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the Museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens. A 360-degree mountainous landscape, on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, showcases toy trains, miniature figures, and model buildings evoking the 1890s.

Interactive elements, including a crawl-through space leading to a pop-up semisphere, allow children to get an up-close-and-personal view of the displays, harking back the feel of early 20th century toy departments. Visitors can watch as eight sets of standard tin plate trains run over their heads while three more sets wind their way past scenic landscapes. Highlights include a rare American market post office made by Märklin and a stained-glass dome station by Ives of Bridgeport, Connecticut. New this year, an animated timeline tells the international history of the railroad using objects from the Jerni Collection to illustrate life-size train counterparts. An interpretive guide book will also be on hand to provide visitors with insights into the objects on view.

Since its acquisition by New-York Historical Society in 2014, the Jerni Collection has become a highlight of the Museum’s holdings. Assembled over the course of five decades by U.S. collectors Jerry and Nina Greene, the Jerni Collection is considered one of the world’s leading collections of antique model trains and toys. The Jerni Collection includes unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted pieces dating from approximately 1850 to 1940, featuring prime examples by the leading manufacturers that set the standard for the Golden Age of Toy Trains, including the German firms of Märklin and Bing, as well as the American firms Lionel and Ives.

Docent-led tours on select dates will allow visitors learn more about the treasures on display in Holiday Express. Tours will be available Saturday, November 26, 3 pm; Tuesday, December 6, 3 pm; and Saturday, December 17, 3 pm; $25, Members $5.

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is curated by Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture at the New-York Historical Society. The display was designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), an integrated architecture and exhibit design firm that also designed New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Other consultants for Holiday Express include T W TrainWorx, a nationally recognized model train specialist and designer of custom toy train layouts; and exhibition media producers Batwin + Robin, renowned “media storytellers” with more than 20 years of experience in the theater, museums, and other venues.

Family Programming
Families can delve into the world of classic toys and trains with an assortment of kid-friendly activities, story times, crafts, and more―all free with Museum Admission.

Little New-Yorkers
Every Tuesday and Friday
3:30 pm 
Free with Museum Admission
Ages 3 – 5

Each class includes time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project. During December, Little New-Yorkers will be all about trains!

Sunday Story Time
Every Sunday
11:30 am
Free with Museum Admission 
Ages 3 – 7

Learn about New York City and the people who made (and continue to make) it great through tales, fact and fiction, from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Illustrated books about trains will be read throughout December.

All Aboard! Historical Train Weekend
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
All Ages
Free with Museum Admission

All aboard! Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection is sure to delight and enchant kids of all ages―as well as kids at heart! This weekend, bring the whole family to explore this magical holiday exhibition. While you’re here, don’t forget to pick up a special train scavenger hunt; join us for a train-inspired craft; listen to train tales; and move, giggle, and laugh out loud with Conductor Abe!

Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte
Select Saturdays, 2 pm – 4 pm
Ages 4 –10
Free with preregistration. Contact 
hablemos@nyhistory.org.
Bienvenidos! Explore New York history through gallery conversations and studio art projects in Spanish. This once-a-month program led by a Spanish-speaking art educator brings children ages four to ten and their grown-ups on a tour of art and objects of the city’s past. Families then design their own creative responses in the studio using materials such as watercolors, pastels, mixed media, and photography.

The program is free, but participants must make a reservation. To make a reservation for families in your school, community, or cultural group or for more information about the program, e-mail hablemos@nyhistory.org.

Bienvenidos! Disfruten de los talleres de arte en español en el museo New-York Historical Society. Descubran la historia de Nueva York y compartan su experiencia de vivir en esta maravillosa ciudad.

Los talleres son sin costo y con gusto aceptamos niños de 4 a 10 años de edad. Para participar y reservar su lugar, favor de enviar un correo electrónico a: hablemos@nyhistory.org con su nombre completo y número de participantes.

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection
Saturday December 17

Trains, Trains, Trains and Toys!
2 pm – 4 pm
Trains and toys are back this holiday season! Enjoy a tour of one of our most popular exhibitions and sketch your favorite objects from the show. Families will create small sculptures in the studio, using their sketches and drawings as guides for their final artwork.

Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection
Saturday, January 28

2 pm – 4 pm
Trains and toys are back this holiday season! Enjoy a tour of one of our most popular exhibitions and sketch your favorite objects from the show. Families will create small sculptures in the studio, using their sketches and drawings as guides for their final artwork.

¡Trenes, trenes, trenes y juguetes!
Sábado 17 de diciembre
2 pm – 4 pm

Holiday Express: Trenes y juguetes de la colección Jerni
Regresan los trenes y juguetes para celebrar las fiestas! Disfruta de la exposición mas popular del New-York Historical Society. Dibujara tus piezas favoritas del show. Luego, en el estudio crearemos esculturas basadas en nuestros dibujos y bosquejos.

¡Trenes, trenes, trenes y juguetes!
Sábado 28 de enero

2 pm – 4 pm
Holiday Express: Trenes y juguetes de la colección Jerni
Regresan los trenes y juguetes para celebrar las fiestas! Disfruta de la exposición mas popular del New-York Historical Society. Dibujara tus piezas favoritas del show. Luego, en el estudio crearemos esculturas basadas en nuestros dibujos y bosquejos.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies has sponsored the annual Holiday Express exhibition at the New-York Historical Society since 2014. We work to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people and focus on five key areas for creating lasting change: arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. For more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

Press Contacts
Ines Aslan
New-York Historical Society
212.485.9264
Ines.aslan@nyhistory.org


Julia Esposito
Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors
212.715.1643
Julia.esposito@finnpartners.com

Image credit: A display case featuring toys and trains from Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection. Photo courtesy of New-York Historical Society.

Date: 
Friday, October 7, 2016
Creative: Tronvig Group