2021 Past Programs

JANUARY

Friday, January 1, 2021, 3 p.m.
New Year’s Day 2021 Celebration!
Paying social calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day 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 virtual tour, 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. Free (suggested donation $15).

Wednesday, January 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes, Virtually: Insiders’ Tours of the Merchant’s House
First in a Series – The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark (Manhattan’s First)

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!

The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark (Manhattan’s First) explores the clues, quirks, and meanings of the house’s construction and architectural details, often found in nooks and crannies and spaces off-limits to the public. You’ll visit, virtually, all seven stories of this brick-and-marble rowhouse – from the cobble-stoned cellar to the crawl-space of the attic.

$10, MHM Members FREE.

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.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 10, 6 p.m.
“Life at Home in Old New York” Virtual House Tour
Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to discover what daily life was really like for a wealthy merchant-class family and their Irish servants in the mid-19th century, when New York City evolved from a seaport to a thriving metropolis. This virtual presentation covers four floors in this landmark late-Federal and Greek Revival style rowhouse, its period rooms filled with the family’s original possessions.

$10, MHM Members FREE.

Saturday, February 13, through Sunday, February 14
Love in the Parlors: A VIRTUAL Valentine in Concert
The renowned Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents lush, romantic vocal selections by some of the world’s great 19th-century composers including Schumann, Fauré, Foster, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others presented virtually as normally performed in the Museum’s authentic Greek Revival double parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande. 45 minutes. Your ticket grants you unlimited access to the concert during Valentine’s Day weekend.
Selected as a Top Pick for Valentine’s Day: NBC Online and TimeOut NY!
$15, MHM Members Free.

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.
Lingering in the Shadows: Spirits of the Merchant’s House, Past & Present
A Virtual (Otherworldly) Presentation with Paranormal Investigators Dan Sturges & Dr. Lee
Inexplicable and unsettling occurrences have been reported at the Merchant’s House since 1933, when the last surviving family member died in the house. And they haven’t stopped. We invite you to venture into the dark and ghostly shadows of history to hear true stories of the strange and chilling happenings over the Museum’s eight decades; the methods and findings of past paranormal investigations; and the startling results of current research.

During the many months the Museum was closed due to COVID-19 and the house was empty (or was it?), paranormal investigator Dan Sturges, along with neuroscientist Dr. Lee, conducted extensive research using specialized equipment custom-built for the house. That research is ongoing.

Come with your questions for two of the most knowledgeable experts in the field, who will also share some of their latest findings.
$10, MHM Members FREE.

Wednesday, February 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes, Virtually: Insiders’ Tours of the Merchant’s House
Second in a Series – 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. 

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.

MARCH

Sundays at 4 p.m., March 7, 14, 21, 28
Streaming on YouTube and Facebook Live!
Women Who Dared: 19th Century American Women Writers
A Series of Short Fiction Read by Ann Haddad

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for a series of readings of 19th century short stories written by American women authors. Compiled and read by Museum Historian Ann Haddad, these stories reveal the harsh realities of women’s lives in a male-dominated world, both inside the home and in society at large.

These “women who dared” defied convention by invading the traditionally masculine domain of literature – and they were successful, albeit treated with disdain. In 1855, Nathanial Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, “America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public is occupied with their trash.”  

Despite the popularity of their work, which was published in literary annuals, gift books, and women’s magazines like Godey’s Lady’s Book, they were largely ignored by literary critics until the end of the 20th century. We are delighted to share their remarkable stories and conclude the series with a panel discussion and Q&A with literary and feminist scholar Elaine Showalter, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University.
Tune in at the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages!

Sunday, March 14, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos – and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.
$20; FREE for Members.
Upcoming walking tours: March 28, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 13 & 27.

Wednesday, March 17, 6 p.m.
In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy: A Virtual House Tour
The 1855 New York State Census gives us the names of the Irish women who worked in the Tredwell home: Mary James, Mary Smith, and Bridget Murphy, who was just 19 years old. On St. Patrick’s Day, join us for a “back-stairs” virtual tour of the Merchant’s House to experience what daily life was really like for Bridget, and for the thousands of women like her 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). $10, MHM Members FREE.

Wednesday, March 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes Virtual Tour – 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.

$10, MHM Members FREE.

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.

Sunday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos – and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll see how the neighborhood surrounding the Tredwells’ home evolved from a refined and tranquil residential enclave into a busy commercial center. Visit important 19th century landmark buildings on this tour through 21st century NoHo.
$20; FREE for Members. This tour is SOLD OUT. Don’t miss our upcoming walking tours: April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, June 13 & 27.

Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m.
Greek Revival Bicentennial: A Virtual Celebration of Our Neighborhoods’ Architectural Heritage
With Architectural Historian Francis Morrone
The Greek War of Independence, which began on March 25, 1821 and is celebrated each year throughout Greece and the Greek Diaspora, not only led to freedom for a people after centuries of foreign domination. It also sparked a renewed interest in Greek architecture in the United States. Here, the first modern democracy looked back toward the very first democracy for inspiration, and the result was the “Greek Revival” style of architecture, which came to dominate development in our neighborhoods, east to west, during their formative years of the 1830s through the mid-century, with many fine examples that survive to this day still defining our streetscapes.

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of that political and ultimately aesthetic revolution with famed architectural historian Francis Morrone, as he explores the myriad manifestations of Greek Revival architecture in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, and their influence on our neighborhoods’ development.

Free. Co-hosted by Village Preservation.

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and a writer. He is the author of 13 books including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes, The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (with Henry Hope Reed), and architectural guidebooks to Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Morrone is the recipient of the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council and was named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

APRIL

Sundays at 4 p.m., April 4 & 11
Streaming on YouTube and Facebook Live!
Women Who Dared: 19th Century American Women Writers
A Series of Short Fiction Read by Ann Haddad

In our continuing celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for a series of readings of 19th century short stories written by American women authors. Compiled and read by Museum Historian Ann Haddad, these stories reveal the harsh realities of women’s lives in a male-dominated world, both inside the home and in society at large.

These “women who dared” defied convention by invading the traditionally masculine domain of literature – and they were successful, albeit treated with disdain. In 1855, Nathanial Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, “America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public is occupied with their trash.”
Tune in at the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages!

Thursday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Women Who Dared: 19th Century American Women Writers
Discussion and Q&A with Elaine Showalter
To conclude our Women Who Dared series, join us for an interactive virtual discussion and Q&A with Museum Historian Ann Haddad and literary and feminist scholar Elaine Showalter, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University. Come with your comments and questions from the stories in the series!
Free.

Dr. Elaine Showalter is  Professor Emeritus of English and Avalon Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. She is the author of ten books, including A Jury of Her Peers; American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, a literary history which received the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism. Her most recent book is The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe. In addition, she has written for such diverse publications as New  York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, Vogue, and People.

Women Who Dared Discussion and Q&A is a virtual event. A recording of the talk will be available on the Merchant’s House YouTube Page following the event.

Saturday, April 10, 11 a.m.
The Interior Design of the Merchant’s House: An In-Person Tour
On this exclusive in-person tour, see the Merchant’s House Museum through the expert eyes of an interior designer. We’ll cover all four floors of this late-Federal and Greek Revival rowhouse, an interior as well as exterior NYC landmark, exploring the original furnishings and fabrics, and discussing how the design of the rooms informed their use.  $20; $10 MHM Members. 

Dennis McAvena is a volunteer docent at the Merchant’s House, giving tours since 2012. He has had his own interior design company for 28 years, www.dennismcavena.com.

The Interior Design of the Merchant’s House is an in-person tour. Doors open 10:55 a.m. Tour begins promptly at 11 and lasts one hour. Capacity is strictly limited and masks are required for all participants over age 2. Reservations required.

Sunday, April 11, 12:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Scroll down for info. Next walking tour April 25.

Wednesday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Untapped New York Presents: Life in Old New York Virtual House Tour
Meet the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant family who lived at 29 East 4th Street, and see what life was like for the family and their Irish servants. How did the Tredwell family entertain? What if they got sick? What was the “servant problem”? Did pigs really roam the streets?

This virtual tour covers four floors in this landmark 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival style rowhouse, preserved intact with the family’s original furnishings, household items, personal possessions, and even their clothing.

Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to discover what daily life was really like for a wealthy merchant-class family and their Irish servants in mid-19th century New York City. This live and interactive virtual tour offers an intimate and authentic glimpse of the daily life of the Tredwells and their four Irish servants during the period when New York City transformed from a colonial seaport into a booming commercial metropolis, teeming with the challenges and opportunities of change. Co-Sponsored by Untapped New York. $10.

Life in Old New York is a virtual event. Please contact Untapped New York for questions about ticket purchases.

Thursday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.
New Virtual Monthly Series!
In the Spirit of Science: Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
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.

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.

Sunday, April 25, 12:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho / In-Person & Socially Distanced
(Second & Fourth Sunday of Every Month)
Scroll down for info.

Wednesday, April 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Ropes Virtual Tour: The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark (Manhattan’s First)
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!

The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark (Manhattan’s First) explores the clues, quirks, and meanings of the house’s construction and architectural details, often found in nooks and crannies and spaces off-limits to the public. You’ll visit, virtually, all seven stories of this brick-and-marble rowhouse – from the cobble-stoned cellar to the crawl-space of the attic.

$10, MHM Members FREE.

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.

The Architecture of an 1832 Landmark 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.

MAY

Tuesday, May 11, 6 p.m.
Life at Home in Old New York: A Virtual House Tour
On May 11, 1936, the Merchant’s House opened to the public as a museum, after 98 years as home to a single family. Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to meet the Tredwells and discover what daily life was really like for a wealthy merchant-class family and their Irish servants in the mid-19th century when New York City transformed from a colonial seaport into a booming commercial metropolis. How did the family entertain? What if they got sick? What was the “servant problem”? Did pigs really roam the streets?

This live and interactive virtual tour covers four floors in this landmark 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival style rowhouse, preserved intact with the family’s original furnishings, household items, personal possessions, and even their clothing.

To celebrate our 85th anniversary as a museum, this virtual tour is FREE! Please consider making a donation to ensure the Merchant’s House is here for another 85 years.

Life at Home in Old New York 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.

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
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.

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.

Sunday, May 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.

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.
In the Spirit of Science:
Researching the Paranormal Using the Scientific Method
What Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) Can Tell Us

A Virtual Event, via Zoom
Doors slam, floorboards creak,voices call into the dead of night …in this month’s show, paranormal investigator Dan Sturges and neuroscientist Dr. Lee explore electronic voice phenomena (EVP). Tune in to hear startling examples of the voices of spirits at the Merchant’s House – caught on tape!

For the last year, Dan and Dr. Lee have conducted extensive paranormal 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. $10, MHM Members Free; click here to purchase tickets.