The New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 18:30
Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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Uncover the most unusual and eccentric aspects of New York City history on this madcap adventure in the newly renovated galleries of the New-York Historical Society. You'll rummage through the Luce Center, a veritable artifact-stuffed attic with such remarkable items as Washington's Valley Forge cot, a piece of a statue pulled down in a riot after the Declaration of Independence was first read in the city, rioting bears and bulls, antique toys, the portrait of a cross-dressing governor and Aaron Burr's death mask.

 

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The Games We Played: American Board and Table Games from the Liman Collection Gift

The Games We Played presents a rotating selection of board and table games from the Liman Collection, an extraordinary collection of more than 500 examples donated to New-York Historical by Ellen Liman in 2000. These games, which entertained families from the 1840s to the 1920s, offer a fascinating window on the values, beliefs and aspirations of middle-class Americans. During the period, families embraced leisure pursuits in the home and encouraged their children to play games that would develop skills and provide moral instruction. At the same time, advances in chromolithography allowed board game manufacturers, like New York City-based McLoughlin Brothers, to produce sumptuous, eye-catching games at affordable prices.

McLoughlin Bros., Game of District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded, 1886. Cardboard, wood, lead. The New-York Historical Society, The Liman Collection, 2000.335

If Elected: The Game of American Politics

July 04, 2008
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January 11, 2009

The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture.

Lantern, 1864. Tin, glass, paper. New-York Historical Society, Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937.585

The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture. A wide spectrum of 19th and 20th century presidential campaign memorabilia from New-York Historical's Museum will be displayed, including lapel buttons, parade lanterns, ribbons, flags, banners, whiskey bottles, neckties, thimbles, handkerchiefs and bandanas, board games, hats worn by the candidates and a dress worn by an Eisenhower supporter in 1956. These provocative objects illustrate the many forms of political persuasion that have been used over the past two centuries and reveal much about the nation's changing election issues, prevailing political decorum, and the characteristics that Americans value in their leaders. In our age, saturated with electronic and print media, it is easy to lose sight of the central role that these large and small campaign materials played as vehicles for signifying political loyalties and inspiring voter support.

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Historical Relics and Souvenirs

The New-York Historical Society’s collection of more than 300 relics includes eyewitness artifacts linked to key moments in American history, such as fragments of the gilded statue of George III torn from its pedestal on Bowling Green by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776; a draft wheel used during the Civil War in the draft lottery held on July 13, 1863—an event that touched off the worst urban riots in American history—and the wooden barrel used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in the ceremonial mar

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The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture will be closed for renovations from August 31, 2014 through December 2016. Please check back in the fall for details of our exciting new galleries and installations.

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