19th century

Our New Exhibit begins : July 11

Controversial  elections, voting rights, abolition and slavery!  In 1820s New York, while these issues burned in  the minds of the public—newspapers exploded  and competed  as  forums for debate!    This exhibit looks at the newly exploding  newspaper industry  of the 1820s –and the entry of  women and African Americans into the business of print.

At Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

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Victorian Picnic – June 24, 2017 (RAIN DATE: JULY 8)


  • Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 PM5:00 PM EDT
    Starts in about 6 hours · 23° Heavy Rain
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    Central Park

    5 Av To Central Park W, 59 St To 110 St, Manhattan, New York 10022Saturday, June 24, 2017
    1:00 p.m.
    meet at 103rd Street and Central Park West

    As the sunny days grow longer, one often desires a happy excursion to whittle away the hours with friends. What better way to do so than with a Victorian picnic? Join the New York 19th Century Society for an afternoon of dining al fresco, good conversation, reading aloud, lawn games of the gentler sort, and photography.

    Bring food or drink to share. Suggested attire (not required): summer whites, garden party frocks, tea dress, steampunk, Goth, or Lolita.

    We will gather at 103rd Street and Central Park West. Once everyone is assembled, we’ll find a quiet meadow in the North Woods nearby to spread our blankets and enjoy food and drink.

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(Sold Out) The Victorian Cult of Mourning

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

This event is sold out. Make sure you never miss out on tickets again! Green-Wood members get access to tickets weeks before the general public. Join today.

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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From Atlas Obscura:

Brooklyn, New York

Curiosities, Questions, & Cocktails at The House of Wax

Walk through an exhibition of Victorian wax figures and anatomical models, led by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn, with a drink in hand.

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 40.00 $
  • 45 Albee Square W , #4410, Brooklyn, New York, 11201, United States
  • The House of Wax opens their doors early for a private showing of their peculiar collection. Set inside the Alamo Drafthouse, the unusual cocktail bar is also the home to more than 100 anatomical models.Curator Ryan Matthew Cohn, who salvaged the collection from a 19th-century wax museum, will showcase highlights of the collection – from death masks of celebrities and murderers to Anatomical Venuses as well as assorted curiosities.After your tour, Ryan will entertain questions from guests and the mixologists will serve up their speciality concoctions. One cocktail is included in the price of your ticket: your choice of a Moscow mule or an Old Fashioned.


    Email Larissa at larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com.

    Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

    Check out our full lineup of amazing adventures taking place all around the world on Obscura Day, our annual celebration of discovery!

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From “What To Catch At The New York Public Library This Fall“:

“For more information on New York City and its specific history, head to the Mid-Manhattan library for events on such wide-ranging New York topics as Soho’s gentrification (September 22), New York in the Gilded Age (November 7), Ground Zero and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (November 8), and a celebration of subway buskers (November 14). To learn more about what makes New York City (and other cities around the world) so essential, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will host the lecture What Makes a Great City? on September 21. On November 2, the Schwarzman Building will also host The Well-Tempered City, a discussion on how cities can adapt to the problems of the future, including climate change, income inequality, and migration.”


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On View at The Met Fifth Avenue

1000 Fifth Avenue

Exhibition Overview

From the late 1940s to the late 1950s, New York was home to three of the best teams in professional baseball. On October 3, 1951, the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, earning the Giants a National League pennant with one of the most dramatic plays in the history of baseball. It was the bottom of the ninth inning in the final game of a tie-breaking playoff, and the Dodgers held a 4–2 lead. The game between the two longtime local rivals was televised from coast to coast and described in lively detail by Giants radio announcer Russ Hodges. With millions experiencing the play-by-play firsthand, Thomson’s historic home run came to be known as the “shot heard ’round the world.” The Giants then advanced to the World Series, where they faced another local—and seemingly invincible—team, the New York Yankees, to whom they lost in the sixth game.

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19th Century Society/Steam Punk presents:

Occultism: From the Farthest Reaches to the 19th century Parlor.

In the 19th century, the America was at the forefront of “new, industrial age” challenging old, constrictive notions business, society and etiquette.  New discoveries world wide of ancient civilizations and spirituality, the influx and assimilation of new cultures fanned the flames of what would become the Occult movement.  Drawing from African, Egyptian, Creole, Eastern and Western European & Asian sources:  Divination, Seances, Tarot, Crystal Ball, Palmistry, Phrenology,  Tea Leaves, Runes, Astrology, Intuitive readings of all forms took center stage in the upscale and burgeoning middle class Parlors of America.  Beginning as leisure time entertainment these ancient arts and beliefs laid the groundwork for the “new Occult age” : encouraging Americans to challenge old, constrictive notions of religion, science and society.

Join B.Ber, noted New York City Lecturer, Lightworker, Metaphysical Practitioner & Teacher to explore the multi-layered and intracate causes, effects and ramifications of Occultism in the 1900’s and it’s current incarnation, Spiritualism, today.

B.Ber will be available to read Tarot on site for the remainder of the day.

B teaches Metaphysical Arts & Sciences in private master classes to Healers and Professionals plus open Workshops through Alchemy Moderne in New York City.  B. Ber’s private practice for divination, Lightwork, Life Consultation house is Redboxjadecompany.com   Host of Mystic.NYC podcasts, facilitates her world wide clients and students exploration the diverse and interconnected of the Metaphysical and Physical worlds

Old Stone House – 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 – View Map

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from SiLive.com:

Vanderbilt Mausoleum officially designated city landmark

 Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com By Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com
on April 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM
 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island is home to a rich history, most of which can be found by touring the many landmarks and the borough’s historic districts. On Tuesday, the Vanderbilt Mausoleum, was officially designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).The mausoleum was built by the country’s wealthiest family of their time, combining the talents of two of America’s greatest designers — Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted. It sits in New Dorp, adjacent to Moravian Cemetery.William H. Vanderbilt planned the mausoleum, and it was completed in 1886, after his death, by his son George W. Vanderbilt.

William’s father, Cornelius Vanderbilt, amassed America’s largest fortune through his steamboat and railroad lines, a major role in the development of New York City and State. When he died, William became the richest man in American history.

“The impression you get when you walk from the gate, to the path, to the mausoleum is one of a rising imposing structure,” said Commissioner John Gustafsson. “It’s a remarkably peaceful place, and a dramatic statement of both 19th century life and 19th century death.”

The mausoleum was reserved for those with the Vanderbilt name, including sons, their wives and unmarried daughters. It houses the remains of all four of William and Maria’s sons and three of their wives.

Of the city’s LPC’s backlog  of the 95 properties listed citywide, 26 properties were on Staten Island. Six Island properties are under the “prioritized for designation” list, and may become landmarks by the end of the year.

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Masters of Social Gastronomy: The Flavor Battles! February 25, 2016

Masters of Social Gastronomy takes on the history and science of imitation ingredients! Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman will explore the history of artificial food, from medieval feasts obsessed with disgusting foods like “meat pitchers” to the “Poison Squad,” a team of early 20th-century chemists who tested the safety of food additives. Brooklyn Brainery founder Jonathan Soma will dive into the science behind artificial flavorings, tracking the work of flavor chemists and uncovering the secrets of Juicy Fruit gum. There’ll even be a sample-heavy showdown where you get to definitively decide if there’s any difference between artificial and natural flavorings.

Admission includes one drink
Ages 21+ only

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