2024 Past Programs

JANUARY

Monday, January 1, 2024
On YouTube!
Celebrating New Year’s Day 2024 with the Tredwells

Paying social calls on friends and family on the first day of the new year was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. Join us – virtually – for good cheer to toast the New Year and learn how New Yorkers like the Tredwells celebrated the day.

In this immersive video experience, we’ll go back in time to the mid-19th century to meet the Tredwells and hear how they’ve been decking the house for New Year’s Day and preparing their lists of social calls. Join us as we continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships that last the whole year through. Watch on YouTube.

Open through Sunday, January 7
Special Holiday Exhibition –
Christmas Comes to Old New York

In the early 19th century, Christmas, as we know it, had not yet been invented. Most New Yorkers did their celebrating on January 1, continuing the Old Dutch tradition of making New Year’s Day calls on friends and neighbors. Over the next fifty years, new traditions took hold: from Santa Claus, stockings, and presents; to holiday feasting; to Christmas trees decorated with lights and ornaments; to holly and evergreen garlands decking the halls; to Christmas songs and carols. Many of these traditions were popularized right here in New York City, and quickly spread throughout the country.

Journey back in time to the 1850s and join the Tredwells for Christmas in Old New York. The house is decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias, as the family prepares for the season. Also on display, a selection of holiday gifts from the Tredwell collection.

Wednesday, January 17, 6 p.m.
Edgar Allan Poe: the Man, the Mystery, the Legend!
Virtual Talk
Co-Sponsored by Village Preservation
In celebration and observance of his birthday on January 19 (his 215th), join thanatologist Matilda Garrido and Poe expert Andrea Janes (virtually!) for a deep dive into Poe’s early life and evolution as a writer, his time in New York, when he lived just steps from the Tredwells, and his mysterious death in Baltimore. A Q&A follows the talk. Free (suggested donation $10).

Andrea Janes is the owner and founder of Boroughs of the Dead and the co-author of A Haunted History of Invisible Women. She has also written the YA novel Glamour and several short stories. She lives in Brooklyn, where she can usually be found roaming in a cemetery, swimming in the ocean, or telling ghost stories to her daughter. Visit her online at www.andreajanes.com

Matilda Garrido is a certified thanatologist (Association for Death Education and Counseling) and holds master’s degrees in thanatology and bioethics. She has extensive experience working with the dying, families of the dying, and the bereaved. Matilda is focused on normalizing the experience of grief and reducing death fears through education, action, and increased community support for the dying and grieving. She enthusiastically supports the mission of the Merchant’s House Museum, including its exploration of 19th century death practices and contemporary death education.

 

Friday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrating Poe’s Birthday: Poetry Reading with John Kevin Jones 
Virtual Program
Join us, virtually, in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s 215th birthday, when the masterful John Kevin Jones takes on the 19th century master of horror, performing Annabelle Lee and The Raven, as Poe himself did at the literary salons of the period. We’ll also present a preview of Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House, which will return to the Merchant’s House later this year. A live Q&A with Mr. Jones follows the performance. It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark. 60 minutes. Free (suggested donation $10).

 

FEBRUARY

Through Wednesday, February 21
Love in the Parlors:
A Virtual Valentine in Concert
In this virtual concert, the renowned Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents lush, romantic vocal music, performed in the Museum’s authentic Greek Revival double parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by the world’s greatest 19th-century composers, including Beethoven, Liszt, Richard Strauss, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others. Selected as a Top Pick for Valentine’s Day: NBC Online and TimeOut NY.
$15, $10 MHM Members.

This is a VIRTUAL performance. After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a downloadable PDF with viewing instructions. The concert will be available for unlimited viewing through February 21.

 

SPECIAL EXHIBITION OPENS Thursday, February 22, through Sunday, May 25
Tiny Beautiful Things: Baby and Children’s Clothing from the Tredwell Collection
Seabury and Eliza Tredwell had eight children and six grandchildren. On display, a selection of baby and children’s garments and accessories spanning the 19th century – including dresses, coats, bonnets, gloves, and three never-before-seen embroidered baptismal gowns. During the 19th century, Victorian ideals transformed childhood into a time of innocence, play, and purity, a view often limited, in practice, to middle-and upper-class families. The Tredwell children’s clothing offers a unique window into their lives here at the Merchant’s House. Included with museum admission.

 

Friday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
(Rescheduled from January)
In the Spirit of Science: What’s a Paranormal Investigation All About??
Virtual Program
What exactly goes on during a paranormal investigation? How long does it take, what equipment is used, and what can we hope to realistically discover? Dan, Matilda, and Dr. Lee will discuss past paranormal investigations and what temperature fluctuations, unusual sounds, and visual anomalies might tell us about spirits in a home. What exactly can be considered “proof” of ghosts or spirits? Will we ever be able to prove definitively that ghosts exist and hauntings are real? Join us for an exploration into the scientific method of paranormal investigation.
Free (suggested donation $10).

In the Spirit of Science is a monthly video podcast on topics related to ongoing paranormal research at the Merchant’s House. Using the scientific method, with unbiased observation and systematic experimentation, this research is building a better understanding of the strange and fascinating phenomena experienced by staff, volunteers, and visitors at “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times).

The research project and monthly virtual programs are led by neuroscientist Dr. Lee, thanatologist and MHM volunteer Matilda Garrido, and Dan Sturges, founder of Sturges Paranormal, who appears on the Travel Channel’s weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

 

NEW VIRTUAL PROGRAM SERIES!
Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m.
“ASK A … ” Funeral Director: Amy Cunningham
Virtual Program

Death and mourning were pervasive and integral parts of life in the 19th century. In the 20th century, with advances in medical care and changes in the industry around death and dying, the end of life moved from the home to hospitals, causing many customs of dying and bereavement to disappear. Today, many of these 19th century customs are making a resurgence.

Join thanatologist Matilda Garrido for interactive interviews with those working today in the field of death and dying. Bring your questions and be part of a larger conversation as we explore death and celebrate life.

Although the funeral industry has evolved and changed dramatically from its rise in the 19th century, we are seeing an increased interest in returning to the practice of home funerals. In February’s “Ask A…” program, home and green funeral director Amy Cunningham will speak with Matilda about the current state of the funeral industry, thoughtfully planning your own funeral, and ecologically-friendly options that are in development.  Free (suggested donation $10).

Amy Cunningham‘s thirty-year career in magazine journalism took an abrupt turn in 2009 when her elderly father’s memorial event in South Carolina opened her up to the healing power and magnificence of end-of-life experiences and funerals.  She attended mortuary school in her mid-fifties and became a New York licensed funeral director in 2012. Her well-respected blog TheInspiredFuneral.com and her earth-friendly company, Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, have contributed to the changing landscape of the funeral industry. When not directing funerals, she teaches end-of-life experience design, funeral planning, and the greening of the funeral business at Green-Wood Cemetery and the NY Open Center/One Spirit Learning Alliance where she is on the faculty of the  Integrative Thanatology Death Education Counselor Program.

Next Up: Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. “ASK A …” Death Doula

MARCH

Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m.
The Peculiar Story of Doesticks and the Fortunetellers
In-person Illustrated Talk with Author Marie Carter
Co-sponsored by Village Preservation, Salmagundi Club, and the Victorian Society
Meet Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B. (real name: Mortimer Thomson), a reporter for The New-York Tribune, who in 1857 investigated the fortune tellers of the Lower East Side, and eventually wrote a book about them titled The Witches of New York. When his articles were published in book form in 1858, they catalyzed a series of arrests that both scandalized and delighted the public. But Mortimer was guarding some secrets of his own, and in many ways his own life paralleled the lives of the women he both visited and vilified.

This talk, in celebration of the release of Marie Carter’s book, Mortimer & the Witches: A Nineteenth-Century History of Fortune Telling from Fordham University Press, leads us into the world of Doesticks who hobnobbed with literary luminaries of his time including Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, the wildly-popular columnist Fanny Fern, and biographer James Parton. It will also examine some of the stories of those supposedly “evil” fortune tellers who showed up in the press in surprising ways. Free (registration required).

Event location: Rockwell Gallery at Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street).

Marie Carter is a New York City-based writer and tour guide who hails from Scotland. She is a tour guide with Boroughs of the Dead, a NYC walking tour company that specializes in macabre, strange, and ghostly histories. Her most recent book, Mortimer and the Witches, will be published by Fordham University Press in March 2024. She is also the author of The Trapeze Diaries and Holly’s Hurricane, a historical novel set in the future. www.mariewritesandedits.com

Sunday, March 10 & March 24, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: The Tredwells’ World of 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of each month)
With the 1825 opening of the Erie Canal, the city’s economy boomed and wealthy merchant families escaped the increasing noise, congestion, and commercialization of the seaport area to move “uptown,” to what is now modern day NoHo, then an exclusive residential enclave. Join us as we explore the Tredwells’ elite neighborhood and discover what life was like for the wealthy merchant class in the mid-19th century. $20; MHM Members Free

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

Wednesday, March 13, 6 p.m.
In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy: A Virtual House Tour
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, join us on Zoom for a “back-stairs” virtual tour of the Merchant’s House to experience what daily life was really like for the Tredwells’ Irish servants, and for the thousands of women like them 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).
Free (suggested donation $10).

 

Saturday, March 16, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: Reinventing the Bond Street Neighborhood, 1865-1900
Created and led by museum docent Michelle Barshay
Join us for a captivating journey to discover the pivotal changes that shaped the “Bond Street area,” once a residential neighborhood for wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. On this 90-minute tour, we’ll witness the dramatic changes that unfolded as commercial interests began to encroach, compelling these families to move uptown and triggering a metamorphosis of the entire neighborhood. Homes evolved into boarding houses, business establishments, or were demolished. By 1900, the once-fashionable neighborhood was primarily a commercial area, known for printing and manufacturing. Our walking tour will lead you to the majestic landmarks – from the imposing De Vinne Press to the Schermerhorn factory, Robbins & Appleton, and the historic Fire Engine #33. $20; MHM Members Free.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

 

Sunday, March 24, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: The Tredwells’ World of 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of each month)
With the 1825 opening of the Erie Canal, the city’s economy boomed and wealthy merchant families escaped the increasing noise, congestion, and commercialization of the seaport area to move “uptown,” to what is now modern day NoHo, then an exclusive residential enclave. Join us as we explore the Tredwells’ elite neighborhood and discover what life was like for the wealthy merchant class in the mid-19th century. $20; MHM Members Free.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

 

Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m.
“ASK A … ” Death Doula: Diane Button, Angela Shook, & Gabby Jimenez
Virtual Program

In the 19th century, the dying were cared for at home by family, friends, and servants. As we move into the 21st century, we are seeing a desire to return to these practices of compassionate care in the rise of the End of Life Doula profession. What is an End of Life Doula? Should you use one? Join Matilda as she interviews End of Life Doulas Diane Button, Angela Shook, and Gabby Jimenez, authors of The Doula Toolkit. Free (suggested donation $10)

“ASK A…” is a recurring virtual program in which thanatologist Matilda Garrido interviews those working today in the field of death and dying. Death and mourning were pervasive and integral parts of life in the 19th century. In the 20th century, with advances in medical care and changes in the industry around death and dying, the end of life moved from the home to hospitals, causing many customs of dying and bereavement to disappear. Today, many of these 19th century customs are making a resurgence.

Diane Button, MA, has a passion for having deep and meaningful conversations about life and death. She is an author, educator, and has been working with the dying for over 18 years. She is a former National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA)  board member and has written several books on death, dying, and doula work including Dear Death: Finding Meaning in Life, Peace in Death, and Joy in an Ordinary Day. She recently co-authored The Doula Tool Kit: The Complete Practical Guide for End-of-Life Doulas & Caregivers. Her work has been featured in the NY TimesMaria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, Compassion and Choices, MarketWatch, Hour of Power, AARP, UCSF, and Stanford University. In addition to her work with the dying, Diane is the Director of Dream of a Better World, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Angela Shook is an end-of-life doula, a hospice volunteer, and a pet loss doula. She is the owner of Dragonfly End-of-Life Services and served on the board of directors of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) from 2018-2022. Along with Diane Button and Gabby Jimenez, she recently co-authored The Doula Tool Kit: The Complete Practical Guide for End-of-Life Doulas & Caregivers.  She is also an instructor for the University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula and Companion Animal Doula professional certificate programs.

Gabby Jimenez is a hospice nurse, end-of-life doula, conscious dying educator, blogger, and author. She is dedicated to helping educate others on the kindest and most compassionate ways to help support someone who is dying, as well as those who are preparing to say goodbye, and are grieving. She has created a beautiful community on Facebook, which has over 142,000 followers who have found comfort and relief from what she shares about death, dying, and grief. Since the recent death of her brother, grief education has become a focus for her, which has offered many people comfort and healing. She is a well-respected public speaker, she teaches classes, and she holds seminars where she generously hands over her tools, education, and experience. Her goal is to help improve the way human beings are cared for when they are dying, and when they are grieving.

Friday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from February)
In the Spirit of Science
Paranormal Investigation of the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage: The Results Are In!
Co-sponsored by the Bronx Historical Society/Poe Cottage
Poe, his ailing wife, Virginia, and mother-in-law Maria Clemm moved into the c. 1812 cottage in the Bronx during the spring of 1846. It was Poe’s last home. Virginia died in the house in 1847. Dan, Dr. Lee, and Matilda will report on the paranormal investigation undertaken on January 30, the anniversary of Virginia Poe’s death, in the room in which she died. Tune in for the results! Free (suggested donation $10).

In the Spirit of Science is a monthly video podcast on topics related to ongoing paranormal research at the Merchant’s House. Using the scientific method, with unbiased observation and systematic experimentation, this research is building a better understanding of the strange and fascinating phenomena experienced by staff, volunteers, and visitors at “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times).

The research project and monthly virtual programs are led by neuroscientist Dr. Lee, thanatologist and MHM volunteer Matilda Garrido, and Dan Sturges, founder of Sturges Paranormal, who appears on the Travel Channel’s weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

APRIL

Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m.
Early Mansions of Lower Fifth Avenue: Illustrated Talk with Anthony Bellov
Co-Sponsored by Salmagundi Club, Village Preservation, the Coffee House Club, and the Victorian Society
Opened in 1823, Fifth Avenue originally vied with several other locations for social supremacy, including St. John’s Park, Lafayette Place, and Second Avenue. By the Civil War, Fifth had become “The Avenue” superseding all other addresses in which to flaunt you had arrived.

In this talk, we’ll explore some of the early mansions constructed on Fifth Avenue below 14th Street in the years prior to achieving social victory. Only one of these early mansions – the Hawley Residence at 47 Fifth – still survives today in anything resembling original condition. It’s now the Salmagundi Club, in which this talk will take place. This talk is presented both in-person (47 Fifth Avenue, at 12th Street) and virtually, via Zoom. Free.

Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m.
Ask An … Embalmer: Monica Torres
The 19th century brought embalming into the mainstream, but Jessica Mitford’s 1963 book The American Way of Death cast the field in a tarnished light for many. Matilda will speak with Monica Torres about how she entered the field and her recent book, Embalming Tips Revealed. We’ll discuss how embalming is evolving in the 21st century and whether it might be an appropriate choice for your family.  Join us for this fascinating discussion! Free (suggested donation $10).

“ASK A…” is a recurring virtual program in which thanatologist Matilda Garrido interviews those working today in the field of death and dying. Death and mourning were pervasive and integral parts of life in the 19th century. In the 20th century, with advances in medical care and changes in the industry around death and dying, the end of life moved from the home to hospitals, causing many customs of dying and bereavement to disappear. Today, many of these 19th century customs are making a resurgence.

Monica H. Torres is a LE, LFD, LC, Reconstruction Specialist, Desairologist and internationally recognized public speaker and technical trainer. Monica is also the owner and founder of NXT Generation Mortuary Support, a trail blazing trade service company which not only offers traditional embalming services and staff support, but also develops untraditional modern online death education programs for professionals and families. She is a first-generation Funeral Director and Embalmer and has worked in the beautification of human bodies since the age of 16.

Monica was honored in 2016 by Vernie Fountain with the FNA Distinguished Professional Service Medallion for her contribution to funeral service. Her company was featured on the cover of American Funeral Director Magazine in 2018 and recognized as one of the funeral industries most innovative companies helping to shape the future of funeral service. Find her online at www.nxtgenmortuarysupport.com and @ColdHandsHosts.

Sunday, April 14 & April 28, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: The Tredwells’ World of 19th Century Noho
Co-Sponsored by Village Preservation
With the 1825 opening of the Erie Canal, the city’s economy boomed and wealthy merchant families escaped the increasing noise, congestion, and commercialization of the seaport area to move “uptown,” to what is now modern day NoHo, then an exclusive residential enclave. Join us as we explore the Tredwells’ elite neighborhood and discover what life was like for the wealthy merchant class in the mid-19th century. $20; MHM Members & VP Members Free.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

Saturday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: Reinventing the Bond Street Neighborhood, 1865-1900
Created and led by MHM docent Michelle Barshay
Co-Sponsored by Village Preservation
Join us for a captivating journey to discover the pivotal changes that shaped the “Bond Street area,” once a residential neighborhood for wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. On this 90-minute tour, we’ll witness the dramatic changes that unfolded as commercial interests began to encroach, compelling these families to move uptown and triggering a metamorphosis of the entire neighborhood. Homes evolved into boarding houses, business establishments, or were demolished. By 1900, the once-fashionable neighborhood was primarily a commercial area, known for printing and manufacturing. Our walking tour will lead you to the majestic landmarks – from the imposing De Vinne Press to the Schermerhorn factory, Robbins & Appleton, and the historic Fire Engine #33. $20; MHM Members & VP Members Free.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
In the Spirit of Science: Ghost Hunter Spotlight — Ed & Lorraine Warren
Virtual Program
Join Dan, Lee, and Matilda as they look closely at the lives and work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, potentially the most famous ghost hunting couple in America. Notable for their investigations of the Amityville Horror house and the evil doll Annabelle, according to the New Engalnd Society for Psychic Research, “religious authorities consistently turned to Ed & Lorraine to control some of the most profane outbreaks of diabolical phenomena in the country. If you had nobody that would listen or help, you turned to the Warrens.” Famous and infamous at the same time, accusations of fraud ‘haunted’ them throughout their careers. Were they the real deal, or imposters and charlatans? Tune in for our fascinating deep dive. Free (suggested donation $10).

In the Spirit of Science is a video podcast on topics related to ongoing paranormal research at the Merchant’s House. Using the scientific method, with unbiased observation and systematic experimentation, this research is building a better understanding of the strange and fascinating phenomena experienced by staff, volunteers, and visitors at “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times).

The research project and monthly virtual programs are led by neuroscientist Dr. Lee, thanatologist and MHM volunteer Matilda Garrido, and Dan Sturges, founder of Sturges Paranormal, who appears on the Travel Channel’s weekly series, Paranormal Caught on Camera.

Sunday, April 28, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: The Tredwells’ World of 19th Century Noho
Co-Sponsored by Village Preservation
With the 1825 opening of the Erie Canal, the city’s economy boomed and wealthy merchant families escaped the increasing noise, congestion, and commercialization of the seaport area to move “uptown,” to what is now modern day NoHo, then an exclusive residential enclave. Join us as we explore the Tredwells’ elite neighborhood and discover what life was like for the wealthy merchant class in the mid-19th century. $20; MHM Members & VP Members Free.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

MAY

Friday, May 3, 3 p.m.
At the Tredwells’ Table: A Culinary Tour of the Merchant’s House
This unique tour focuses on the culinary customs of mid-19th century New York, including favorite foods, cooking methods, dining etiquette, and entertaining. What did the Tredwell family eat on a daily basis? How did the cook manage meals for a large family without the modern kitchen amenities we take for granted today? What was it like to attend a dinner party in 1850? From grocery shopping, to elaborate parties and receptions, to the Irish servants’ experiences with food, this tour provides an unparalleled look at the Tredwells’ culinary world. 90 minutes. $25 general admission, $20 MHM Members.

Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m.
1830s NYC: A Decade of Social, Political, & Geographical Upheaval
Virtual Program with James Scully

Co-sponsored by Village Preservation and Salmagundi Club.
While New York is a city continually changing and evolving in almost every aspect, it’s hard to top the upheaval of the 1830s. From the worst fire in New York City history to absolute pandemonium surrounding Moving Day — when all NYC leases expired simultaneously — it was truly one of the city’s wildest periods. It’s time to uncover the stories and remnants of 1830s New York like never before.

Join James Scully, NYC tour guide and director / co-creator of Burning Gotham to explore lower Manhattan and the notable sights and scandals of 1830s New York, with a close look at 1835 and how a single year forever changed New York City in big ways.

Free; Register for “1830s NYC.”

Saturday, May 18, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: Reinventing the Bond Street Neighborhood, 1865-1900
Created and led by museum docent Michelle Barshay
Join us for a captivating journey to discover the pivotal changes that shaped the “Bond Street area,” once a residential neighborhood for wealthy merchant families like the Tredwells. On this 90-minute tour, we’ll witness the dramatic changes that unfolded as commercial interests began to encroach, compelling these families to move uptown and triggering a metamorphosis of the entire neighborhood. Homes evolved into boarding houses, business establishments, or were demolished. By 1900, the once-fashionable neighborhood was primarily a commercial area, known for printing and manufacturing. Our walking tour will lead you to the majestic landmarks – from the imposing De Vinne Press to the Schermerhorn factory, Robbins & Appleton, and the historic Fire Engine #33. $20; MHM Members Free; purchase Walking Tour tickets.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

Sunday, May 12 & 26, 1:30 p.m.
Walking Tour: The Tredwells’ World of 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of each month)
With the 1825 opening of the Erie Canal, the city’s economy boomed and wealthy merchant families escaped the increasing noise, congestion, and commercialization of the seaport area to move “uptown,” to what is now modern day NoHo, then an exclusive residential enclave. Join us as we explore the Tredwells’ elite neighborhood and discover what life was like for the wealthy merchant class in the mid-19th century. $20; MHM Members Free; purchase Walking Tour tickets.

Walking tours are 90 minutes and meet outside the Merchant’s House.

Tuesday, May 21, 5 to 7 p.m.
NoHo Art Night in the Garden
Bring your sketchpad, water colors, or other medium and join artist Sonya Sklaroff in creating in our 19th century garden, or just come by to enjoy a spring evening. This event is part of the NoHo Art Nexus, a month long art exhibition featuring the work of Sonya Sklaroff in 19 NoHo stores.

Sonya Sklaroff has been painting “en plein air” since she was a child. She draws inspiration from the world around her and is particularly interested in patterns of light and shadow and loves to play with perspective and space. For the evening event, Sklaroff will be using special Japanese opaque watercolors and will be painting the beautiful spring blossoming gardens of Merchant’s House in her unique whimsical and colorful style. Bring your drawing materials or watercolors and join her, or sit alongside and enjoy watching her process while taking in the exquisite garden views. Please note that easels are not allowed.

Free; please RSVP to chandler@noho.nycEnter the garden via Manuel Plaza at 35 East 4th Street.

About the Artist: Sonya Sklaroff graduated with a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Parsons School of Design. Her work is included in international corporate, private, and museum collections. Sklaroff’s studio has been based in NoHo for 25 years. Her current exhibition “NoHo Art Nexus: Outside In” (May 2-28) comprises 76 paintings in 19 businesses throughout her NoHo neighborhood.

Opens Wednesday, May 22
Tredwell Costume Collection: Spring & Summer Dress, 1862-1865 (MHM 2002.0840)
This two-piece spring and summer dress, 1862-1865, reflects a transitional style between the 1850s and the 1860s. The invention of synthetic aniline dyes in 1856 made possible the pink color of the fabric, which is printed in an ikat pattern. The use of both aniline dyes and printed (rather than woven) patterns made dresses like this one less expensive, and thus accessible to middle-class women.

Through May 26
Tiny Beautiful Things: Baby and Children’s Clothing from the Tredwell Collection
Seabury and Eliza Tredwell had eight children and six grandchildren. On display, a selection of baby and children’s garments and accessories spanning the 19th century – including dresses, coats, bonnets, gloves, and three never-before-seen embroidered baptismal gowns. During the 19th century, Victorian ideals transformed childhood into a time of innocence, play, and purity, a view often limited, in practice, to middle-and upper-class families. The Tredwell children’s clothing offers a unique window into their lives here at the Merchant’s House.