Living History: 19th-Century Travelers in New York

Sat, 12/14/2019 -
12:00 to 16:00
Sat, December 14th, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

New York City has been a tourist destination for nearly 200 years! Learn about the Europeans who made sojourns to New York, like the subject of our new exhibition Artist in Exile, the Baroness Hyde De Neuville. Hear about their exciting adventures and discover the what went into a 19th-century garment bag.

 

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Living History: 18th-Century Winter Traditions

Sat, 12/21/2019 -
12:00 to 16:00
Sat, December 21st, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Did you know that decorating trees for the holidays wasn't a common practice until the mid-19th century? Hang out with historical interpreters and learn even more fascinating factoids about winter traditions in 18th-century America. Afterwards, create your own festive decorations!

Image: Winter Scene (1660), Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten (1622-1666), the New-York Historical Society Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan

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Beyond Chocolate: Colonial Coffee, Cacao, and Tea

Sat, 12/07/2019 -
13:00 to 16:00
Sat, December 7th, 2019 |
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

All ages
Free with Museum Admission

Drink it all in with a bevy of colonial beverages in this multisensory Living History program exploring global trade and colonial silversmithing in Paul Revere’s time. Discover recipes, smell spices, and handle hot chocolate preparation tools. Afterwards, visit the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere.

Generously supported by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate

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Living History: Trades of the New Nation

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Sat, 12/28/2019 -
12:00 to 16:00
Sat, December 28th, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Let's get to work! What did jobs look like in the 18th century? Join our reenactors and historical interpreters as they bring important professions to life, including milliners, apothecaries, and bookbinders.

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Living History: Rendezvous with Rachel Revere

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Fri, 11/29/2019 -
12:00 to 16:00
Fri, November 29th, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sat, November 30th, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Meet Paul Revere's wife Rachel (portrayed by Judith Kalaora) as she races to escape British forces just two months after her husband's legendary midnight ride. What dangers and challenges does she face? Find out if Rachel is successful in her perilous mission to unite her family in the middle of the Revolution. 

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Living History: Meet the 'She-Merchants'

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Sat, 11/23/2019 -
12:00 to 16:00
Sat, November 23rd, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Who were the she-merchants? They were pioneering woman who worked in business and trade in 18-century New York. Explore their unique stories and discover the goods and artifacts they imported, exported, and sold in shops with historical interpreters who bring their world to life.

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Living History: Spies and American Revolution

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Sat, 11/02/2019 -
12:00 to 16:00
Sat, November 2nd, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Do you have what it takes to be a spy for the Continental Army?  Join reenactors to learn about the intricate methods of Revolutionary War intelligence gathering.

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Veterans Day: Soldiers of the American Revolution

Mon, 11/11/2019 -
11:00 to 16:00
Mon, November 11th, 2019 |
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Honor America's military heritage on Veterans Day and listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield from soldiers who served during the American Revolution. Meet reenactors from the 3rd New Jersey and the 4th Massachusetts Regiments, learn about the lives of black soldiers who served in the Continental Army, and experience an immersive theatrical event about Deborah Sampson (played by Judith Kalaora), the real-life woman who disguised her gender and fought with distinction in the Revolutionary War.

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Veterans Day Weekend: Soldiers of the American Revolution

Sat, 11/09/2019 -
11:00 to 16:00
Sat, November 9th, 2019 |
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield from soldiers who served during the American Revolution. Meet reenactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, ask them about their uniforms, handle their equipment, and try out a drill.

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New York's Hand in Slavery

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Sat, 10/26/2019 -
11:00 to 16:00
Sat, October 26th, 2019 |
11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Free with Museum Admission
All ages

New York's involvement in slavery didn't end with emancipation in 1827. Explore the depths of the city's entanglements with our historical interpreters as they delve into the goods and work that depended on the slave trade.

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