Calendar of Events

SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 13 and 27, 12:30 p.m.
(Socially Distanced) Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
Join us for a socially distanced journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial and cultural center during the 19th century.

Stops include Colonnade Row, home to the Astors, Delanos, and Vanderbilts; the Astor Library, now the Public Theater; Tompkins Market, where the Tredwells bought their food; and 31 Bond Street, the site of the gruesome (and still unsolved!) 1857 murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell, a sure sign of a changing neighborhood.

$20, Free for MHM Members. Reservations required. SOLD OUT!

For your safety: Capacity strictly limited to 6 participants; masks are required. If you have a cough, fever, or other symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. We are happy to transfer your tickets to a future tour.

Wednesday, September 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes, Virtually: Insiders’ Tours of the Merchant’s House
First in a Series – The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark (Manhattan’s First)

Join us online from the comfort of your home for a series of unique, in-depth tours of the Merchant’s House, preserved intact from the 19th century with the Tredwell family’s original furnishings and personal possessions. It’s an extraordinary up-close and personal experience of the Tredwell home you won’t want to miss –– behind the ropes and no stairs to climb!

The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark (Manhattan’s First) explores the clues, quirks, and meanings of the house’s construction and architectural details, often found in nooks and crannies and spaces off-limits to the public. You’ll visit, virtually, all seven stories of this brick-and-marble rowhouse – from the cobble-stoned cellar to the crawl-space of the attic.

$15, $10 MHM Members, $20 Benefactor Tickets. Click here to purchase tickets.

Interested in attending all three Behind-the-Ropes Tours? Add all three tours to your cart and enter code INSIDER at check out for 20% off your order. Benefactor Tickets allow access to a recording of the presentation for one week following the tour.

Anthony Bellov holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and has been a long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum. He is an aficionado of 19th century American decorative arts and architecture.

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 1, 6 p.m.
The Ultimate Ghost Tour: East Village to Greenwich Village
All killer, no filler! This virtual tour presents the very best ghost stories of the East Village and Greenwich Village. With tales hand-picked by our expert guide, Andrea Janes, we will ring in the spookiest month by delving into the ghostly lore of these historic neighborhoods. These stories will be situated within the broader narrative of our neighborhoods, melding historical context, and ghostly legends. Bring your skepticism, morbid fascinations, and love of NYC history — and your respect for the unseen world that rests at the edge of our perceived reality.

Andrea Janes writes ghost stories and is the owner and founder of Boroughs of the Dead LLC, a boutique tour company dedicated to dark and unusual walking tours of New York City. Her obsessions include New York City history, slapstick comediennes, witches, ghosts, all things nautical, and beer.

Free. Click here to register.

Co-hosted by Village Preservation, Boroughs of the Dead, and the Village Alliance.

 

Facebook Live! American Gothic: Spine-tingling Tales to Raise Your Spirits
Join us for Facebook Live storytelling of 19th-century American Gothic literature read by actor Dayle Vander Sande in the authentic period parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum. These tales by Washington Irving, Nathanial Hawthorne, Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott make your blood run cold with scenes of terror and woe. Dayle is a longtime museum volunteer and Director of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, the vocal arts group-in-residence at the Merchant’s House. Tune in at our Facebook page – no Facebook account required! 20 minutes each.

Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. 
     “The Devil and Tom Walker” from Tales of a Traveller (1824), by Washington Irving
Sunday, October 11, 5 p.m.
     “The White Old Maid” from Twice-Told Tales (1837), by Nathanial Hawthorne
Sunday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
     “A Ghost Story” (1870), by Mark Twain
Friday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
     “Lost in a Pyramid, or The Curse of the Mummy” (1869), by Louisa May Alcott

Sunday, October 11 and 25, 12:30 p.m.
(Socially Distanced) Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
Join us for a socially distanced journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial and cultural center during the 19th century.

Stops include Colonnade Row, home to the Astors, Delanos, and Vanderbilts; the Astor Library, now the Public Theater; Tompkins Market, where the Tredwells bought their food; and 31 Bond Street, the site of the gruesome (and still unsolved!) 1857 murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell, a sure sign of a changing neighborhood.

$20, Free for MHM Members. Reservations required. SOLD OUT!

For your safety: Capacity strictly limited to 6 participants; masks are required. If you have a cough, fever, or other symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. We are happy to transfer your tickets to a future tour.

Wednesday, October 14, 6 p.m.
‘Death Cannot Make Our Souls Afraid’: 19th Century Mourning Customs
Tredwell Times Zoom Lecture with Museum Historian Ann Haddad

Grief was more than just an emotion for Americans during the 19th century — it was a way of life. The moment Seabury Tredwell drew his last breath, in March 1865, his family put into motion an elaborate system of mourning customs that both announced their grief to the community and provided some measure of release from their suffering. Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to explore the origins and significance of these somber yet comforting rituals, from widows weeds and crepe-draped mirrors to corpse coolers and funeral biscuits. $15, $10 MHM Members. $20 Benefactor Tickets include access to a recording of the presentation for one week following the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

October 31 to November 9
Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House — At Home
From the comfort of your own couch (or hiding behind it?) join John Kevin Jones (A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House) as the American master of terror for spine-tingling performances of The Tell-Tale HeartThe Cask of AmontilladoThe Raven, and Annabelle Lee. It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.

Your virtual ticket also grants access to Death and Mourning in the Merchant’s House, a live exploration of 19th-century death practices and bereavement customs hosted by Mr. Jones following each performance.

The event’s total run time is approximately 90 minutes. A link to this event will be emailed to you 2 hours before your chosen performance.

Presented in association with Summoners Ensemble Theatre.
Limited engagement; click here for tickets and more information.

NOVEMBER

October 31 to November 9
Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House — At Home

Wednesday, November 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes, Virtually: Insiders’ Tours of the Merchant’s House
Second in a Series – Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture (1800-1860) 

Join us online from the comfort of your home for a series of unique, in-depth tours of the Merchant’s House, preserved intact from the 19th century with the Tredwell family’s original furnishings and personal possessions. It’s an extraordinary up-close and personal experience of the Tredwell home you won’t want to miss –– behind the ropes and no stairs to climb!

Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture (1800-1860) offers a close look at the Tredwell family furniture collection, examining pieces bought for this house, as well as those brought from their previous home. You’ll learn about both the tastes and values of mid-19th century New Yorkers and how growing international connections made lasting impact on design, trade, and international relations.

$15, $10 MHM Members, $20 Benefactor Tickets. Click here to purchase tickets.

Interested in attending all three Behind-the-Ropes Tours? Add all three tours to your cart and enter code INSIDER at check out for 20% off your order. Benefactor Tickets allow access to a recording of the presentation for one week following the tour.

Anthony Bellov holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and has been a long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum. He is an aficionado of 19th century American decorative arts and architecture.

Sunday, November 8 & 22, 12:30 p.m.
(Socially Distanced) Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
Join us for a socially distanced journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial and cultural center during the 19th century.

Stops include Colonnade Row, home to the Astors, Delanos, and Vanderbilts; the Astor Library, now the Public Theater; Tompkins Market, where the Tredwells bought their food; and 31 Bond Street, the site of the gruesome (and still unsolved!) 1857 murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell, a sure sign of a changing neighborhood.

$20, Free for MHM Members. Reservations required; click here for tickets.

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes, Virtually: Insiders’ Tours of the Merchant’s House
Third in a Series – 19th Century Domestic Lighting: 100 Years of Change

Join us online from the comfort of your home for a series of unique, in-depth tours of the Merchant’s House, preserved intact from the 19th century with the Tredwell family’s original furnishings and personal possessions. It’s an extraordinary up-close and personal experience of the Tredwell home you won’t want to miss –– behind the ropes and no stairs to climb!

19th Century Domestic Lighting: 100 Years of Change presents an in-depth examination of the Tredwells’ lighting fixtures and what they tell us about evolving technologies and the continuing quest to illuminate the darkness.

$15, $10 MHM Members, $20 Benefactor Tickets. Click here to purchase tickets.

Interested in attending all three Behind-the-Ropes Tours? Add all three tours to your cart and enter code INSIDER at check out for 20% off your order. Benefactor Tickets allow access to a recording of the presentation for one week following the tour.

Anthony Bellov holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and has been a long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum. He is an aficionado of 19th century American decorative arts and architecture.

 

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