2019 Past Programs

JANUARY

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Tuesday, January 1, 2 to 5 p.m.
‘Come Calling’ on New Year’s Day
Paying calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. The Tredwells’ elegant parlors are decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias – and a table top tree festooned with ribbons and candles.

Join us for tours of the house, walking tours of the NoHo neighborhood, 19th century readings about New Year’s Day celebrations, and hot cider and cookies, as we continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships. Exhibition on view: At Home with the Tredwells: A 19th Century Christmas.

“New York seemed to enjoy a general carnival. Broadway, from one end to the other, was alive with private carriages, omnibuses, cabs, and curricles, and lines of pedestrians fringed the carriageways.” From the Diary of Philip Hone, 1844.

$20, FREE for MHM Members.
HOLIDAY RAFFLE drawing at 4:30 p.m. Win Two Tickets to HAMILTON on Broadway, and lots and lots more! All proceeds go to our Legal Fund to defeat the developers.

Exhibition Open Friday, November 23, through Monday, January 7
At Home with the Tredwells: A 19th Century Christmas
Step back in time to the 1850s and join Seabury and Eliza Tredwell as they celebrate the season with elaborate holiday parties, festive food, and gift giving. Their elegant parlors are decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias – and a table top tree festooned with ribbons and candles. In the kitchen, the Irish servants are preparing the plum pudding, shucking the oysters, and readying the punch bowl. Upstairs in the bedrooms, the gifts for relatives and friends are set out and the Tredwell daughters are dressing in their finest silks.

Discover how many of our modern holiday traditions, from table-top Christmas trees, to presents and stockings, Christmas carols and songs (and Santa Claus, too) originated in mid-19th century New York. Included with regular admission.

Exhibition Open Friday, November 23, through Monday, January  7
Charles Dickens Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’ in New York, December 1867
In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved 1843 holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens performed at the 2,500 seat Steinway Hall on 14th Street, the center of cultural life in the city, and just a few blocks from the Tredwell home. And the critics raved: “The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.” (New York Herald, 1867)

Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 p.m.
The NEW New York: Immigration, 1820s-1880s – An Overview
Cooper Union’s Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square at 7th Street 
Immigration in the 19th century brought diverse cultures together, illuminating global struggles, triumphs, and movements, and made our neighborhoods what they are today. This talk will focus on the microcosm of Bond Street, an exclusive area east of Washington Square, developed in the 1820s by John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant. The neighborhood was a residential enclave for wealthy merchant families, notably the Tredwells on East 4th Street, whose roots ran deep in English soil. Their lifestyle was assured only by the existence of domestic servants, many of whom were Irish immigrants.

SJ Costello will explore the motivating push-pull factors that led Irish, Germans, Chinese, Eastern Europeans, and Italians to emigrate. In the coming months, each of these immigrant groups will be explored in depth.

SJ Costello is a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, illustrator, and general story-teller. SJ’s work focuses on public history and narratives centered in 19th and 20th century America.
Co-sponsored with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Hosted by The Cooper Union.
FREE. Reservations are required. Click here to register.