Calendar of Events

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The day after the event, we’ll email all ticket-holders a link to the recording,
valid for one week following the presentation to watch (or re-watch) at your leisure.

Celebrating 85 Years as a Museum
1936-2021!

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MAY

Sunday, May 9 & 23, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person Walking Tour of 19th Century NoHo: A Century of Change
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Scroll down for info.

Tuesday, May 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Domestic Staff: Their Work, Their Houses, Their Lives, from the Federal Period through the Gilded Age
A Virtual Event via Zoom
Domestic servants made possible the lifestyles of many families in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but their stories often go untold. Why did they choose domestic service? What was their relationship with each other and the families they worked for? How did they experience the house? In this panel discussion, your favorite historic houses will explore the experiences of the domestic staff that lived and worked at our sites. Join us to examine these five sites through the lens of the workers who kept them running.

With Jennifer Pustz (Author, Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums) as moderator and featuring the Merchant’s House Museum, Gibson House Museum (Boston, MA), Gore Place (Waltham, MA), The Elms (Newport, RI), and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Akron, OH).

Suggested donation $10; click here to register.

Domestic Staff from the Federal Period through the Gilded Age is a Virtual Event, taking place via Zoom. Please contact Gibson House for questions about registration.

Thursday, May 20, 2 p.m.
Lower East Side History Month Walking Tour
May is Lower East Side History Month! Click here for a full calendar of events from our friends at FABnyc!

In celebration of Lower East Side History Month, join us for a socially distanced journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells, who lived at the Merchant’s House. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwell home 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 bustling Astor Place, site of the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. $20; click here to purchase tickets.

LES History Month Walking Tour is an in-person event. Tour meets outside the museum and lasts one hour. Capacity is strictly limited and masks are required for all participants over age 2.

Wednesday, May 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes Virtual Tour: 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.

Thursday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.
New Virtual Monthly Series!
In the Spirit of Science: Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
This month’s In the Spirit of Science explores Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Inexplicable occurrences have been reported at the Merchant’s House since 1933, when the last surviving family member died in the house. In March 2020, when the Museum closed due to COVID-19 and the house was empty of staff and visitors, paranormal investigator Dan Sturges and neuroscientist Dr. Lee began conducting extensive research based on the scientific method, using specialized equipment custom-built for the house.  Through unbiased observation and systematic experimentation, their research is building a better understanding of the strange and fascinating phenomena observed at the Merchant’s House.

Join Dan and Dr. Lee as they teach the scientific method using their research of the paranormal as the perfect, intriguing backdrop. $10, FREE for MHM Members. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.

In the Spirit of Science 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.

 


WALKING TOURS / Second & Fourth Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
In-Person & Socially Distanced

May 9 & 23, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25
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 bustling Astor Place, site of the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history.

And what’s a plunge into the past without a little scandal?  You’ll visit 31 Bond Street, where Dr. Harvey Burdell was murdered (and still unsolved!) in 1857, a sure sign of a changing neighborhood.

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.
$20; FREE for Members. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to become a Member.

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