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

Displayed in ongoing, four-month rotations

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

Creative: Tronvig Group