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“Best museum for fully immersing yourself in Old New York: The Merchant’s House”
Metro New York, BEST OF 2012
Thursday, November 14, through Monday, January 6
Exhibition: At the Tredwells’ Table: Highlights from the Collection
A treasure trove of Tredwell silverware has returned to 29 East Fourth Street. The donation includes a partial luncheon service by American silvermaker Wm. Rogers in the “Oval Thread” pattern, dating from 1847-1872. The set, engraved “E.T.,” is believed to have been given to Elizabeth Tredwell, the eldest Tredwell daughter, shortly after her marriage in 1845. Also on display are china and glassware spanning the Tredwell family’s almost 100 year residence in the house.
Included with regular admission.
Friday, November 29, through Monday, January 6
Exhibition: Christmas Comes to Old New York
Scenes of holiday preparation recreated throughout the House show how many of our modern holiday traditions originated in mid-19th century New York. From Christmas trees decorated with candles and handmade ornaments, to poinsettias, holly, and evergreen garlands decking the halls, holiday feasting, Christmas songs and carols, presents and stockings. And, of course, Santa Claus.
Included with regular admission.
Tuesday, December 3, to Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House
20 Characters, 1 Actor, 1 Hour
Performed by John Kevin Jones, Directed by Rhonda Dodd
Come celebrate the season with this unique retelling of a holiday classic, glimpsed through the lens of Old New York. John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked after attending one of Dickens’ famed public readings). Perfect for families.
Tickets $37.50. Available at http://christmascarolnyc.bpt.me or by calling BrownPaperTickets.com at 1 (800) 838-3066.
Thursday, December 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Benefit Performance & Holiday Merrymaking
$100 for Performance & Merrymaking; $150 for Performance, Merrymaking, and One-year Membership to the Merchant’s House Museum.
Tickets are available at http://christmascarolnyc.bpt.me or by calling BrownPaperTickets.com at 1 (800) 838-3066.
November 29 through December 15
Featured Walking Tour: ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ with Boroughs of the Dead
This annual holiday tour presents the very best true ghost stories from our neighborhood, with a special seasonal focus on Christmas ghosts. You’ll learn why 19th century New Yorkers like the Tredwells loved to tell ghost stories at Christmas, where Charles Dickens performed A Christmas Carol in 1867 – and how Washington Irving saved Christmas. And you’ll see some genuinely haunted homes, including the prominently featured Merchant’s House. Tour dates, times, and to purchase tickets.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for Merchant’s House Museum Members (use discount code MHMember)
Wednesday, 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. Join us for tours of the house, 19th century readings about New Year’s Day celebrations, and punch and confectionery, as we continue the 19th century tradition of renewing, reviving, and reaffirming friendships. Holiday Raffle drawing at 4:30 p.m.
“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, $10 Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.
Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
(Museum is closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
GUIDED TOUR of the Merchant’s House Museum
Included with regular admission. (Always FREE for Members)
Reservations not required for groups of fewer than 10 people.
Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of this Federal and Greek Revival style row house virtually complete with the family’s original furnishings and decorative arts.
In 2012, the Merchant’s House reopened its newly restored 4th floor Servants’ Quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in Manhattan,” according to Time Out New York. You are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the wealthy Tredwell family’s staff of four domestic servants lived and did some of their work.
By opening this rarely seen space, we can begin to tell the story of the courageous Irish women who fled poverty and starvation at home to find a better life for themselves and their families in mid-19th century New York. In addition to substantial structural repairs, the Servants’ Quarters also underwent a comprehensive paint analysis and is the first space in the House to be repainted its authentic 1850s colors.
Sundays, 1 p.m., through November (resumes in March)
WALKING TOUR of 19th Century NoHo: Glamour & Greed, Money & Murder
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 walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets.
Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater (in 1854 the City’s first public library), and The Cooper Union, site of impassioned political speeches from Lincoln to Obama. On the bustling Astor Place, we’ll imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And we’ll visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
Tour is 50 minutes and begins promptly at 1 p.m.
Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. GUIDED TOUR if they wish.
$10, Students $ Seniors $5, FREE for Members.
Reservations not necessary.
NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.
Unless otherwise noted, reservations are strongly suggested for all events. Purchase tickets online or call 212-777-1089. Prepayment required (cancellations accepted up to 48 hours in advance).
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These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.