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Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. Beginning with the long battle for women’s voting rights that culminated in 1917 statewide and 1920 nationally, the exhibition highlights women at the center of New York’s politics over the course of 100 years. It features a diverse range of activists both familiar and lesser known, the battles they fought, and the many issues they championed.

The exhibition examines how women navigated New York politics in the 1920s through 1940s, often working behind the scenes for causes like health, labor, and good government; the central role of New York in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and its redefining of women’s roles in politics and government; and continued campaigns for women’s political power and grassroots mobilizations that demand equal gender rights today.

Beyond Suffrage features rare artifacts, documents, costumes, photographs, and audio-visual materials spanning more than a century that show how women have been politicized—and in turn changed politics—in New York and beyond.

Poster by Rene Lynch. Museum of the City of New York, 2017.27.1b…

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From The Museum of The City of New York: Gilded New York exhibit info

Explore the visual culture of elite New York in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries.

Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Continue the Gilded New York experience outside the Museum by taking a walk through Gilded-Era New York with actress Grace Gummer as your guide. Download the Gilded NY App on your iPhone or Android device today!

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from DNA.info:

‘Little Syria’ Exhibit Brings New York’s Lost Arab Neighborhood to Life

By Irene Plagianos | June 6, 2016 6:30pm

LOWER MANHATTAN — At the turn of the century, decades before the World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan’s Washington Street was bustling with merchants and cafes, where puffs of hookah smoke intermingled with the spicy sweet aromas of Middle Eastern fare.

The long gone neighborhood, called Little Syria, was the thriving home to thousands of Arab immigrants who had made their first journey to the United States.

“Little Syria, N.Y.: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy,” an exhibit dedicated to the neighborhood — one of the earliest Arab settlements in the U.S. — is now on display at the New York City Department of Records.

Through photos and artifacts, the exhibit — which is curated by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb that’s home to one of the country’s largest Arab-American populations — creates a portrait of a community that many never even knew existed.

Despite its name, the neighborhood was actually made up of people from what was then Greater Syria — areas now including Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan — and the vast majority of the immigrants were Christian, according to historians.

A baker slices his baklava in Little Syria. (Courtesy of Library of Congress)

For decades, starting in the 1880s, the enclave flourished, home to noted Arab writers Khalil Gibrani and Ameen Rihani, as well as the first Arab-language newspapers in the country.

But by the early 1940s the neighborhood had mostly disappeared — much of the community was displaced by the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

The vibrant neighborhood once lined with shops selling Arabic foods, and merchants on the street peddling wares like handmade rugs and brass lamps, is now barely marked in Lower Manhattan, said Todd Fine, president of the Washington Street Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving Little Syria’s history.

Children play in the Little Syria neighborhood. (Courtesy of Library of Congress)

One former Syrian church, called St. George Chapel, a landmarked building now home to a restaurant, along with an old tenement building at 109 Washington St. and its neighboring Downtown Community House are the last remnants of the spaces once occupied by the large community, said Fine, who helped consult on the exhibit.

Fine and his group have recently had plaques placed in nearby Elizabeth Berger park to commemorate the lost neighborhood, and are hoping to do more to preserve the legacy of Little Syria.

“There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the history of Arabs in America, and this neighborhood shows us a robust immigrant community, just like so many other immigrants who came to New York,” Fine said. “But that early story of Arab immigration is really missing, its a history that’s been lost in the collective memory.”

“Little Syria, N.Y.: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy,” is on display through September at the New York City Department of Records, 31 Chambers St. An expanded version of the exhibit will move to Ellis Island in October, where it will remain through January.

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