2022 Past Programs


Special Holiday Exhibition
Open through Sunday, January 9, 2022

Home for the Holidays: A 19th Century Christmas
Step back in time to the 1850s and join the Tredwell family for the holidays. 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.

Celebrate the season and 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.


Through Friday, January 7
Virtual New Year’s Day 2022 Celebration!

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. 30 minutes. FREE (suggested donation $10). Click here to register.

New Year’s Day 2022 Celebration is a virtual event. After registering, you will receive a downloadable PDF with a link to view. The link will be valid from Friday, December 24, to Friday, January 7, 2022.