In honor of Memorial Day, come learn about life on and off the battlefield during the Civil War. Living Historians portraying various soldiers in the Union Army will be stationed at the Museum on Saturday and Sunday. Take a close look at their uniforms and equipment, listen to field music, or learn a military drill!
Did you know that in May 1789, future president James Madison was hard at work preparing to introduce the first amendments to the US Constitution? In commemoration of his work 230 years ago at the First Federal Congress in Manhattan, join us on Saturday or Sunday to meet Madison as portrayed by Living Historian Kyle Jenks. Discover why he is known as the “Father of the Constitution,” explore the amendments that would become the Bill of Rights, and get a close-up look at Mr. Madison’s unique 18th-century fashion!
Join historical musician Linda Russell for songs all weekend long in celebration of our exhibition, Hudson Rising! From music about a 17th century pirate to melodies of the Industrial Revolution, prepare to be regaled by life along the Hudson by listening to folk ballads, Erie Canal ditties, dance tunes and more—all accompanied by guitar, pennywhistle, and hammered and mountain dulcimers.
As part of School Vacation Week, spend the weekend immersed in the activist causes of woman suffragists! Passed by Congress 100 years ago this year, join us in celebrating the 19th amendment with Living Historians portraying suffragists from the early 20th century who helped win the right to vote for women across the nation.
As part of School Vacation Week, spend the weekend immersed in the activist causes of Harriet Tubman! Meet Living Historians portraying Tubman and other self-liberated people of African descent who strongly defied racial oppression in the 19th century.
In conjunction with our exhibition Hudson Rising—which explores the past, present, and future of the Hudson River—meet a 19th-century painter portrayed by Living Historian Michael Goudket. Watch drawing demonstrations and handle some of the artist’s tools that you might find in a painter’s studio a century and a half ago!
Did you know that as many as 1,000 women fought in the American Civil War? You might not be able to tell if you took a look at a historical reenactment today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet Living Historians who recreate and share the underrepresented and contested contributions to war efforts by women who openly served in combat roles and women who disguised themselves as men to enlist, as well as individuals who may not have identified as one gender.
In honor of Women’s History Month, visit early 20th-century Harlem and chat with one of its leading residents—Madam C.J. Walker! Ask her questions and meet Living Historians portraying the African American women she trained at her Harlem brownstone to open their own salons. Take an up-close look at the hair products Walker sold, get hands-on with turn-of-the-century styling tools, and discover how Madam C.J. Walker became a millionaire.