Calendar of Events

NOVEMBER

Warmth from the Hearth – 19th Century Holiday Stories for the Season of Light
Streaming on Facebook Live and YouTube!

Back by popular demand! Join us for storytelling of 19th-century holiday literature read by actor Dayle Vander Sande in the authentic period parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum. These tales by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edward Payson Roe, Frank Stockton, and Helen Keller, among others, will be sure to get you in the mood at this most festive time of year. 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 – or on our YouTube page! 30 minutes each.

Thursday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. (Thanksgiving evening)
      “Three Thanksgiving Kisses” (c.1883) by Edward Payson Roe
Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
      “Christmas, or The Good Story” (1850) and “The First Christmas in New England” (1875)
.     by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Thursday, December 10, 6 p.m.
     
Reflections on Hanukkah and 19th Century America, featuring the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society
Sunday, December 13, 5 p.m.
     “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (1863) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “Christmas Eve in War
.     Times”
 (c.1883) by Edward Payson Roe
Saturday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
     “Captain Eli’s Best Ear” and “A Christmas Wreck” by Frank Stockton
Wednesday, December 23, 6:30 p.m.
     A Letter from Santa Claus (1875) by Mark Twain, “Mollie’s Best Christmas Gift” (1882) by Mary E. Lee, “Christmas
.    Every Day”
(1892) by William Dean Howells, and “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” (1897) by Francis P. Church

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.
Click here to purchase tickets.

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.

19th Century Domestic Lighting: 100 Years of Change 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.

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Keeping Spirits High This Holiday Season!

Warmth from the Hearth – 19th Century Holiday Stories for the Season of Light
Streaming on Facebook Live and YouTube!

Back by popular demand! Join us for storytelling of 19th-century holiday literature read by actor Dayle Vander Sande in the authentic period parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum. These tales by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edward Payson Roe, Frank Stockton, and Helen Keller, among others, will be sure to get you in the mood at this most festive time of year. 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 – or on our YouTube page! 30 minutes each.

Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
      “Christmas, or The Good Story” (1850) and “The First Christmas in New England” (1875)
.     by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Thursday, December 10, 6 p.m.
     
Reflections on Hanukkah and 19th Century America, featuring the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society
Sunday, December 13, 5 p.m.
     “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (1863) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “Christmas Eve in War
.     Times”
 (c.1883) by Edward Payson Roe
Saturday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
     “Captain Eli’s Best Ear” and “A Christmas Wreck” by Frank Stockton
Wednesday, December 23, 6:30 p.m.
     A Letter from Santa Claus (1875) by Mark Twain, “Mollie’s Best Christmas Gift” (1882) by Mary E. Lee, “Christmas
.    Every Day”
(1892) by William Dean Howells, and “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” (1897) by Francis P. Church

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Wednesday, December 9, 6 p.m.

From the Cratchits’ Kitchen: A Celebration of Holiday Food in A Christmas Carol
Published just a week before Christmas in 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was an instant and overwhelming success – in both England and America. New Yorkers eagerly molded their own holiday foods to mirror those described in the book, including the Cratchit family dinner with its roasted goose (though more likely a turkey in America) and the now-iconic plum pudding. Join writer and food historian Carl Raymond for a celebration of holiday food and drink featured in A Christmas Carol. Mr. Dickens himself, in the person of Kevin Jones, will follow with a special preview of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House. The evening concludes with conversation and Q&A with Mr. Raymond and Mr. Dickens. Free (suggested donation $15). Click here to register.

From the Cratchits’ Kitchen: A Celebration of Holiday Food in A Christmas Carol 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.

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Limited virtual engagement December 18 to 24
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House
Charles Dickens in New York, 1867
This December, one like no other, A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House returns for its 8th holiday season, virtually. Be transported back 150 years from the comfort of your home for this captivating one-hour performance filmed in the museum’s elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor dressed for the joyous season with a table-top tree, boughs of holly, and flickering candles.

In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic. Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale of compassion, generosity, and goodwill, from Dickens’ own touring script.

Performances are free, but reservations are required to access this digital event.
A donation of $30 per viewer is suggested for those who can afford to give.

Presented in association with Summoners Ensemble Theatre.
Click here for performance schedule, registration, and more information.

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