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(Sold Out) The Victorian Cult of Mourning

Saturday, June 10, 12:00 pm5:00 pm

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Become an Expert in the Fascinating Arts, Crafts, and Culture of Victorian Mourning

victorian-cult-of-mourningNo one knew how to grieve like the Victorians. The elaborate and often downright weird rituals of the era – inspired by Queen Victoria who publicly mourned her husband’s death for forty years – provide a fascinating look at a culture for whom death was ever present. In the United States, losses from the Civil War eclipsed 600,000 deaths, or two percent of the entire population. Death was everywhere. Mourning was an art form. Widows dressed in black from head to toe for an entire year. Household mirrors were covered and clocks were stopped when a death occurred. Women created and wore intricate jewelry made from the hair of the deceased. And rural cemeteries were established across America. Green-Wood is one such example, which by the 1860’s drew over 500,000 visitors a year who came to see the cemetery’s collection of ornate monuments and mausoleums.

Join us for an afternoon symposium devoted to exploring the arts and culture of Victorian mourning with illustrated talks and show-and-tell presentations of period artifacts. Speakers will include Dr. Stanley Burns, M.D., founder of the Burns Archive of photographic history and professor of medicine and psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center, Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, Evan Michelson, co-owner of Obscura Antiques & Oddities and host of the Science Channel’s Oddities, funeral director Amy Cunningham, Jessica Glasscock, Research Associate for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Death Becomes Her” Exhibition, and more!

This symposium is organized in partnership with Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder of the former Museum of Morbid Anatomy and Laetitia Barbier, former librarian of the Museum.


12:00-12:30: Introductions by Harry Weil, Manager of Programs at Green-Wood Cemetery and Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier of the recently shuttered Morbid Anatomy Museum

12:30-1:10: An Illustrated History of Green-Wood Cemetery with Jeff Richman, Historian of Green-Wood Cemetery

1:10-2:00: Victorian Hair Jewelry and Artifact Art Show and Tell with Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques and TV’s Oddities and master jeweler and hair artist Karen Bachmann

Lunch Break

3:00-3:30: Mourning at the Museum: An overview of the recent exhibition Death Becomes Her, focusing on the evolution of mourning attire from 1815 to 1915, with Jessica Glasscock, Research Associate at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3:30-4:30: Dr. Stanley B. Burns, Founder of The Burns Archive and author of “Sleeping Beauty,” in conversation with Joanna Ebenstein, founder of Morbid Anatomy

4:30-5:00: Dramatic readings of 19th century condolence letters overseen by Funeral Director Amy Cunningham

5:00-7:00 Thematic music and refreshments provided by Friese Undine

$20 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $25 for nonmembers

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The Women Who Made New York

Julie Scelfo

Author Event
Thursday April 06, 2017 7:00 PM
(History, Cultural Studies)
Event Description
Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. But that’s not the whole story. Julie Scelfo reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made NYC the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists; others were icons and iconoclasts. Some led quiet lives, but were influential. Scelfo reinvigorates not just New York’s history but its very identity.

Special Instructions
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Books can be purchased after signing. If you have questions or concerns, email or ask a bookseller for more information.

82nd & Broadway

2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

Store Hours:

9-10 Every Day

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from Brooklyn Historical Society:

March 10th: Irish Brooklyn
Éirinn go Brách! Sláinte! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early with a Free Friday of Irish history, Brooklyn whiskey, and Brooklyn Brewery beers. Enjoy browsing all of our exhibitions and our landmarked library, and sip on a Brooklyn Brewery beer while listening to live music!  The evening’s schedule:

5:00pm-9:00pm Drink-n-draw: chill out with a beer and your creative side!
5:45pm-9:00pm Special library collection items on display featuring Delmonico’s and more!
6:30pm-7:00pm From Potato Famine to Tammany Hall: How the Irish Came to Run New York, a lecture by Elizabeth Stack
7:30pm-8:00pm The Whiskey Wars, a talk and tasting by Kings County Distillery

Think you’ll be able to make it on the 10th? Let us know on Facebook!

Winter/Spring 2017 Free Fridays:
March 10th
April 14th
May 12th


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Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday Through Sunday, March 9th-March 12th.

Over 200 American and International Exhibitors.


Thur March 9  5-9pm

Open Hours

Fri March 10    noon-8pm

Sat March 11    noon-7pm

Sun March 12  noon-5pm

Discovery Day, Sunday, 1pm-3pm

Bring a treasure to be evaluated by our experts! Free with paid admission to the Fair.

Ticket Prices

Preview Pass

$50 (includes one daily re-admission)

Daily Admission $25

Students $10 (with valid ID)

Student tickets only available at the door

Run of Show: $40

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue, New York
Between 66/67 Streets

 The Armory’s 55,000 square foot drill hall, reminiscent of the original Grand Central Depot and the great train sheds of Europe, remains one of the largest unobstructed spaces of its kind in New York. A marvel of engineering in its time, it was designed by Regiment veteran and architect Charles W. Clinton, later a partner of Clinton & Russell, architects of the Apthorp Apartments and the famed, now demolished, Astor Hotel.

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100 Dealers of Rare & vintage books, ephemera, fine art prints, antique photography, manuscripts, posters, and “all things paper”.

Brooklyn Expo Center

Friday 5-9pm

Saturday 11am-7pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

79 Franklin st. Greenpoint, Bklyn…

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Errata: I heard that he actually died while in the hospital. Anyone who has the correct information, feel free to come forward/write in. I attended his funeral.

Poet, preservationist John Foxell dead at 72; restored landmark cottage

Diane C. Lore | lore@siadvance.comBy Diane C. Lore

on December 08, 2016 at 3:34 PM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Poet and preservationist John Foxell has died.

Mr. Foxell, described by his many friends as a gentle “renaissance man” who enjoyed music, literature and the arts, died Dec. 4 at home. He was 72.

Learned and unassuming, he eschewed modern technology, preferring to live among older things, which he often said made him feel more evocative of a simpler place and time.

Mr. Foxell earned the respect of preservationists for lovingly-restoring his nostalgia-stuffed, quirky-colored city-landmarked home on Port Richmond’s Cottage Place.

Born and raised in Troy, N.Y., Mr. Foxell moved to Staten Island with his family in 1952. After graduating from New York University, Mr. Foxell traveled the country, living in 13 states and Canada, holding down various jobs, from button factory worker to census taker.

He moved back to Staten Island in 1981, bought a home on Congress Street in Stapleton, and became active in the community. For 15 years, until 2005, he commuted to work as an administrative assistant in Manhattan Family Court.

Meanwhile he shopped for houses across the Island until a real estate agent unlocked the doors to 29 Cottage Place.
Tour the Port Richmond Landmark home

The original saltbox small home, measuring 1,122 square feet, was built around 1848. It was once a stagecoach stop on the New York to Philadelphia run. Its Greek Revival and Craftsman details made it one of the North Shore’s few surviving saltboxes, a roofing style popular in the Colonial period.

When Mr. Foxell bought the home it had drooping ceilings, crumbling walls, and mice and birds nesting in the attic. He set about a painstaking rescue and restoration.

“I felt I had to rescue it,” Mr. Foxell told the Advance in a February interview. “It was very important to try to restore as much as possible to retain the atmosphere of that time, and the atmosphere of the house.”
“I felt I had to rescue it,” Mr. Foxell told the Advance in a February interview. “It was very important to try to restore as much as possible to retain the atmosphere of that time, and the atmosphere of the house.”

Mr. Foxell removed wood-shake shingles and installed cedar clapboarding in their place, cleared overgrown shrubs, and restored porches and sidewalks. He added 29 antique stained glass windows and put up tin ceilings on every ceiling.

There is a small shrine in honor of Dorothy Day — the founder of the Catholic Workers Movement, who had ties to Staten Island — and a meditation house, floor-to-ceiling bookcases and artifacts he collected from his travels, including a collection of African wood sculptures and skeletons

In keeping with the time period of the house, he kept few modern conveniences, save for electricity and indoor plumbing.…

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from NYPL:

The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated, Comprehensive Record of New York City’s Historic Buildings, with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chairwoman of New York State Council on the Arts and author of 23 books.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Program Locations:

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served

This illustrated lecture showcases New York City’s architectural history and richness, surveying a broad range of styles and building types: colonial farmhouses, Gilded Age mansions, churches, schools, libraries, museums, and the great twentieth-century skyscrapers that are recognized throughout the world.

Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.

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In conjunction with the Culinary Historians of New York

From the earliest days of American history, food has played an important political function, especially in election years. Food can draw people together and create a sense of national identity, as it did in the years following the American Revolution. Food can also reflect deep political divisions, as the torrid battles between political parties in the 1800s demonstrate. Moreover, the symbolically significant nature of food allowed for the political participation of people otherwise excluded from public culture–namely, women.  Just days before the presidential election, Montana State University Assistant Professor of History, Emily J. Arendt, will explore how food, from Federal Cakes to Jackson Jumbles, contributed to Early American political and women’s history. Includes a sampling of food from the era. Reservations required by calling the Museum at 212-838-6878.

$40 Adults, $25 Members, $22 Senior Members, $10 Students with ID


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October 11 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

| $8

Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn

Tickets Here:

Absinthe is a wonderful distilled spirit whose history is shrouded in fantasy and myth. Tonight, join author Kellfire Bray as he hosts an evening inspired by his a personal exploration of absinthe, the legendary drink and muse of poets and artists, for Zelda Magazine. Mr. Bray will host an edifying salon devoted to what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious spirit, followed by a tasting of the formerly banned liquor.

When not sipping a glass of absinthe, Kellfire Desmond Bray splits his time between creating motion graphics, searching for the illusive vintage 48L suit, and trying to be a better gentleman.

Zelda Magazine is the publication of early 20th century culture, style, arts, film, music, and more, from the era of the historical Jazz Age to vintage lifestyle today. Published twice annually, Zelda features interviews, tutorials, and features on subjects from the time period and highlights the people and events who are keeping Jazz Age scene alive.

Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.

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