Calendar of Events

All virtual events are FREE for MHM Members. Click here to become a Member.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 24, 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)
With Board Member Anthony Bellov and furniture expert Carswell Rush Berlin

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.

$10, MHM Members FREE. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.

Anthony Bellov: Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum and an aficionado in 19th Century American Decorative Arts and Architecture.

Changing Tastes in 19th Century Furniture is a virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the event.

Can’t attend on February 24? The day after the event, all ticket-holders will be emailed a link to the recording, valid for one week following the presentation to watch (or re-watch) at your leisure.

MARCH

Starting March 7! Sundays at 4 p.m.
Streaming on YouTube and Facebook Live!
Women Who Dared: 19th Century American Women Writers
A Series of Short Fiction Read by Ann Haddad

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for a series of readings of 19th century short stories written by American women authors. Compiled and read by Museum Historian Ann Haddad, these stories reveal the harsh realities of women’s lives in a male-dominated world, both inside the home and in society at large.

These “women who dared” defied convention by invading the traditionally masculine domain of literature – and they were successful, albeit treated with disdain. In 1855, Nathanial Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, “America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public is occupied with their trash.”  

Despite the popularity of their work, which was published in literary annuals, gift books, and women’s magazines like Godey’s Lady’s Book, they were largely ignored by literary critics until the end of the 20th century. We are delighted to share their remarkable stories and conclude the series with a panel discussion and Q&A with literary and feminist scholar Elaine Showalter, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University.
Tune in at the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages!

Sunday, March 14, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos – and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming walking tours: March 28, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 13 & 27.

Walking Tours are in-person events. Tour meets outside the museum and lasts one hour. Capacity is strictly limited and masks are required for all participants over age 2. Reservations strongly recommended.

Wednesday, March 17, 6 p.m.
In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy: A Virtual House Tour
The 1855 New York State Census gives us the names of the Irish women who worked in the Tredwell home: Mary James, Mary Smith, and Bridget Murphy, who was just 19 years old. On St. Patrick’s Day, join us for a “back-stairs” virtual tour of the Merchant’s House to experience what daily life was really like for Bridget, and for the thousands of women like her who worked in domestic service in 19th century New York City. We’ll visit four floors of period rooms, from the ground floor kitchen to the 4th floor servants’ quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York).
$10, MHM Members FREE. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.

In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy is a virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the event.

Can’t attend on March 17? The day after the event, all ticket-holders will be emailed a link to the recording, valid for one week following the presentation to watch (or re-watch) at your leisure.

Wednesday, March 24, 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.

$10, MHM Members FREE. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.

Anthony Bellov: Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Graduate in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, long-time volunteer and board member of the Merchant’s House Museum and an aficionado in 19th Century American Decorative Arts and Architecture.

19th Century Domestic Lighting is a virtual event. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom within 15 minutes of placing your order, and a reminder email one hour before the event.

Can’t attend on March 24? The day after the event, all ticket-holders will be emailed a link to the recording, valid for one week following the presentation to watch (or re-watch) at your leisure.

Sunday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos – and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Upcoming walking tours: April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 13 & 27.

Walking Tours are in-person events. Tour meets outside the museum and lasts one hour. Capacity is strictly limited and masks are required for all participants over age 2. Reservations strongly recommended.

Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m.
Greek Revival Bicentennial: A Virtual Celebration of Our Neighborhoods’ Architectural Heritage
With Architectural Historian Francis Morrone
The Greek War of Independence, which began on March 25, 1821 and is celebrated each year throughout Greece and the Greek Diaspora, not only led to freedom for a people after centuries of foreign domination. It also sparked a renewed interest in Greek architecture in the United States. Here, the first modern democracy looked back toward the very first democracy for inspiration, and the result was the “Greek Revival” style of architecture, which came to dominate development in our neighborhoods, east to west, during their formative years of the 1830s through the mid-century, with many fine examples that survive to this day still defining our streetscapes.

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of that political and ultimately aesthetic revolution with famed architectural historian Francis Morrone, as he explores the myriad manifestations of Greek Revival architecture in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and their influence on our neighborhoods’ development.

Free; click here to register. Co-hosted by Village Preservation.

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and a writer. He is the author of 13 books including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes, The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (with Henry Hope Reed), and architectural guidebooks to Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Morrone is the recipient of the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council and was named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Greek Revival Bicentennial is a virtual event. A recording of the talk will be available on Village Preservation’s YouTube Page following the event.

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