History Detectives

Installing Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

By Cara Cifferelli

The New-York Historical Society has been transformed into a toys and trains wonderland for our newest exhibition, Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection. But, it didn’t happen overnight. See how everything came together in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the installation of Holiday Express!

For days, Museum staff have been working around the clock to turn the first floor of the Museum into an enormous exhibition chock-full of trains, toys, and history. It takes an army of Museum staff members to install a museum exhibition (big or small) and people from many departments all have to work together to make it happen.

Carpenters have to construct displays (often from scratch!) which lighting experts then add their special touches to. In the photo below, workers attach lighting wires to the roof of the huge circular display case now in the rotunda.


IIWhat could be going in this? I can’t wait to see!

When huge sets are on display, it can be easy to overlook the details, but there are special staff members whose job it is to make sure that even the tiniest detail isn’t overlooked. In the photo below, the miniature wires that will hold artifacts are being painted the exact same color as the objects they’ll hold. That way when you’re looking in the case, you won’t even notice that they’re there.

IIIThese details are what make an exhibition great!

On the tech side of things, members of the IT staff have had their work cut out for them. Throughout the exhibition, there are screens which show high quality images of certain special artifacts. These screens are not just there for decoration. Sometimes, the photos on the screen allow us to see an artifact eve better than we can see by just looking at the object itself! Here you can see an image and date being tested on one of the many screens.

IVI wonder what happens in 1841!

From the photos, you can see that it’s almost time to place the objects. But where do they come from? In some exhibits, artifacts and artworks are sent from other museums and collections. In others, artifacts and artworks are taken out from the museum’s own storage. For Holiday Express, the New-York Historical Society is putting on display objects from its newly acquired Jerni Collection – a treasure trove of historic toy trains and so much more!

VWhat could be in these? They look big!

In the boxes shown above are the artifacts that will be going in the Holiday Express exhibition. And these aren’t just any old boxes – they are museum boxes. Museums have old, fragile, and sensitive materials in their collections. Therefore, their boxes and crates are often custom made to make sure that nothing gets bumped, broken, or damaged. Some boxes used to transport artifacts are even climate controlled! This is to make sure that moisture and hot or cold temperatures don’t affect their fragile cargo, even if they have to travel far distances on trucks or planes.

A peak at the completed winter wonderland (credit: Jon Wallen)

So many people and things go into making an amazing exhibition and Holiday Express is no exception. Now that you’ve seen what it looked like during the installation, stop by the Museum to check out the finished result. Be sure to join us for our Historic Train Weekend, happening from December 13th-14th!

Reading into History: Interview with Crow Author, Barbara Wright

By Rachel Walman

crowFor the last month and change, the Reading into History family book club has been learning a bit about what life was like for African Americans after the Civil War. During the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877), the federal government and the general public took steps to reunify the country. During this time, African Americans made huge economic, social, and political gains; but when Reconstruction abruptly ended, many of those gains were thwarted by white Democrats and vigilante groups like the Red Shirts and Ku Klux Klan, which arose precisely to keep African Americans from gaining equal footing with whites.

November 10th was the 116th anniversary of one of the post-Reconstruction era’s most violent and shameful events, the 1898 Wilmington Massacre of Wilmington, North Carolina. In that year, white rioters burned down the offices of an African American newspaper, killed and wounded many African Americans, and forced African American politicians to give up their political offices.

Our book club is reading a moving work of historical fiction based on these events as seen through the eyes of a fictional eleven-year-old boy, Moses, whose father works at the real-life newspaper involved in the Massacre. We’re going to meet this coming Sunday, December 7th to discuss the book and the Massacre in detail, plus we’ll get to see fascinating documents from our library collections. On top of all this, author Barbara Wright will join us to discuss and sign her book! We interviewed her, so please read her thoughtful words below and come to the meeting to ask her your own questions!

 

DiMenna Children’s History Museum: What were you like between the ages of 9 and 12? barbara wright

Barbara Wright: I grew up in High Point, North Carolina. As a kid, I was a big reader. I was also a tomboy and spent time from morning to night roaming about the neighborhood, climbing trees, damming up the creek across from my house, searching for crayfish, trying to horn in on basketball games with my brothers. I rode my bike to piano lessons, the swimming pool and tennis courts. The world seemed so enormous to me as a kid, but then one time, as an adult, I walked with a friend to all of my favorite haunts, and we were easily able to cover the territory from one end of the town to the other on foot. That was a revelation.

DCHM: What is your favorite time period in American history? Why?

BW: The period before the Civil War fascinates me. I was raised a Quaker, and North Carolina Quakers have a long history of activism against slavery, starting in 1776 when slaveholding became a disowning offense in the Quaker Meeting. My ancestors were involved in educating slaves until that became illegal in 1830. Family lore has it (without proof so who knows?) that my ancestors also helped with the Underground Railroad.

DCHM: What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at the New-York Historical Society?

BW: As a fiction writer, the physical world is very important to me. I like to know what things look like in order to be able to recreate them in a way that will make the reader feel as if they were on the scene. Recently, I was writing a short section about the New York Draft Riots of 1863, which took place ten days after Gettysburg, and seven months after the Emancipation Proclamation. Irish immigrants, who were competing for low-level jobs with African-Americans, became enraged at being drafted into the Union army. Mobs went on a three-day looting spree, starting with the burning of the Colored Orphan Asylum on Fifth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Street.

The draft was conducted by means of a lottery. When I read about this, I envisioned a kind of roulette wheel with a ping-pong sized ball falling into a slot. But on the internet I found a photo in the collections of the NY Historical Society. The object is more like a barrel on its side. Someone turns a handle, reaches inside the barrel via a small door, and pulls out a number. That person is tapped to be in the Union army.

DCHM: What is your favorite place in New York City? Why?

BW: I love West 20th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. On one side is a lovely row of Greek Revival houses from the 1840s. On the other side, you can peek through a fence into the General Theological Seminary, with its ivy- covered brick buildings, arching trees and green lawn, so unexpected in the city.

DCHM: What made you want to write Crow?

BW: I spent my childhood summers at Holden Beach, which is 40 minutes from Wilmington, a lovely town on the Cape Fear River with drooping Spanish moss and well-preserved historical neighborhoods that look much as they did in 1898. When I read an op-ed in the New York Times, after the North Carolina legislature released its report on the riot, I was shocked at my ignorance. How could I not have known anything about such an important event? I have a bi-racial grandson, and thought: What if he had been a kid in 1898? All his talent, intelligence and potential would have counted for nothing, because of his race.

DCHM: What 3 words best describe Crow?

BW: Tragic. Heart-breaking. Hopeful.

 

The Reading into History family book club is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this blog post and/or in Reading into History programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Balloons! A Brief History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Balloons come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Whether they are small party balloons that you can fill a room with on a birthday or large hot air balloons that can carry people up, up, and away, balloons always seem to add something extra festive to any occasion. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are probably some of the most famous in the county (if not the world!) as they’re not only huge, but they take the shape of popular characters from movies, television, and comics. The history of how these balloons have come to be so iconic is pretty interesting and dates back to 1924.

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Macy’s employees, most of whom were first generation immigrants, wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving as new Americans. The parade was based on festivals their own families used to celebrate in their ancestral countries. The first parade was actually called the Macy’s Christmas Parade and featured live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. People dressed up in costumes and there were bands and floats.

The Snoopy and Woodstock balloon float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York

In 1927, Macy’s asked marionette and puppet designer Anthony Frederik Sarg to design a window display of the parade for the department store. Sarg’s designs became the animal-shaped balloons that replaced the live animals in the parade in 1927 with Felix the Cat as the first balloon. By 1929, helium had replaced the air in the balloons with a special valve that allowed it to seep out. When the balloons were released, they’d eventually run out of air and float down where people could use the Macy’s address labels sewn into them to mail the balloons back and receive a gift in return.

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Brr! A Brief History of Winter Fashion in New York

Winter is here! It seems that everyone is pulling on their boots, sweaters, parkas, and jackets this week. The weather channel is warning of snow, and, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is clear that the cold weather is here to stay.

Have you ever wondered how people used to stay warm in the winter a hundred years ago? Our New-York Historical Society Patricia D. Klingenstein Library digital archive shows us that people living in New York one hundred years ago not only had similar needs to stay warm, but that many articles of clothing that we wear were worn at the beginning of the century!
At the turn of the century, people who could afford it wore fur coats to stay warm. Furs in the 1900s were almost always from real animals – like beaver, wolf, marten, mink, fox, and lynx. Fur coats have been a popular way to stay warm for centuries and their high demand helped found this country!

French fur trappers (coureur de bois) arrived in Canada and the Northern United States in the 1600s to hunt animals for their fur to send back to the Old World. Nowadays, people mostly wear faux (fake) fur, but in the early 20th century the trend of wearing real fur coats was still very popular.

William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. Studio Portrait of Mrs. Reiser in Hat and Fur-trimmed Coat, February 13,1915. 1915. New-York Historical Society, New York. New York Heritage Photograph Collections. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. Studio Portrait of Mrs. Reiser in Hat and Fur-trimmed Coat, February 13,1915. 1915. New-York Historical Society, New York. New York Heritage Photograph Collections. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

Mrs. Reiser, in the photo above, doesn’t have a full fur coat, but has a coat with some fur on the edge. Having the bulk of her coat made in a woolen fabric with just a fur accent was a less expensive way for her to keep her neck warm (and stay stylish!).

William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. Elizabeth and Margaret Creighton and an Unidentified Little Girl Posed on Front Porch Steps in Fur-trimmed Coats, Hats, and Muffs, Irvington, N.Y., Undated. 1913. New-York Historical Society, New York. New York Heritage Digital Collections. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. Elizabeth and Margaret Creighton and an Unidentified Little Girl Posed on Front Porch Steps in Fur-trimmed Coats, Hats, and Muffs, Irvington, N.Y., Undated. 1913. New-York Historical Society, New York. New York Heritage Digital Collections. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

In the photo above, the women and little girl seated on the porch have fur on their coats and are wearing fur hats! If you look closely, you can see the tails of the animals on the women’s fur stoles. Stoles were furs that were worn on the neck, like an elegant version of a scarf. The perfect hair and poses in this image suggest that this is a special occasion photograph. They probably didn’t wear such pristine coats every day. But what are they holding in their hands? Muffs!

Muffs originated as a hand warmer for men and women in the 1500s. They are padded cylinders with holes on either end for hands, and could be made not only from fur (pictured here) but also silk, satin, and velvet. By the 1700s, it was mostly women that wore them. Women sometimes used their muffs like our modern-day purse and kept small trinkets in them – some women even put their lapdogs in their muffs!

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William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. Unidentified Baby in Coat and Woolly Hat, Held by a Man in a Bowler Hat, New York City, Undated (ca. 1916-1917). 1916-7. New-York Historical Society, New York. New York Heritage Digital Collection. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

Muffs are beautiful and warm, but they can be hard to carry, especially if you need to use your hands. At the turn of the century men wore gloves instead, and over time women too have opted for mittens and gloves to keep their hands warm. You can see in the photo above that the man is wearing gloves. The baby, you can see, is not wearing shoes but rather oversized and extra thick socks to keep her feet warm. Because she cannot run and play yet, these socks would have kept her toasty in her father’s arms.

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William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. Unidentified Group of Children Posed on an Old Cart, East Side, New York City, Undated (ca. 1911-1921). 1911-1921. New-York Historical Society, New York. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. New York Heritage Digital Collection. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

But what if you wanted to play in the snow in the 1900s? Children then had to bundle up for the snow just as children do today. The children in the photo above seem to be waiting for first snow on the Lower East Side. In front, one child wears gloves, but the others seem to be making do with what they have. They don’t have snow boots but almost all of them are wearing knit hats. Their wool coats are cuffed, most likely purchased by frugal parents who needed to extend the years of wear by anticipating their children’s growth spurts.

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William D. Hassler Photograph Collection. William Gray Hassler (little Boy) with His New Sled, Ca. 1912. 1912. New-York Historical Society, New York. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. New York Heritage Digital Collection. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

In the photo above, we see that William Hassler has just received a new sled and is dying to try it out! His wool coat is complemented not only by a knit hat and gloves but waterproof rubber boots. Rubber boots, also known as The Wellington or “wellies,” came into being when Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, desired a shorter style of boot rather than the knee-high style popular in the early 19th century.

The style was first made in leather, then, in the mid-19th century, Charles Goodyear of Goodyear Tires patented a flexible rubber. Hiram Hutchinson integrated the two and began manufacturing the rubber boot. Farmers and gardeners loved the boot because it allowed them to keep their dry feet while working outdoors. In the photo, William is able to keep sledding without getting wet feet, though woolen socks would definitely have been needed to keep his feet warm!

Enjoy yourself outside this winter! Oh, but don’t forget your knit hats, fur coats, stoles, muffs, gloves, rubber boots…am I forgetting anything?

New-York Haunted Society: Check out the results of our Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Halloween costume contest!

In case you missed it, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were all dressed up for Halloween last Friday – in the costumes that you voted for!

The winning costumes were sailor and Captain America – check out the transformations below!

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Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln weren’t the only ones decked out for Halloween on our front steps. They were joined by a stilt walker dressed as Abraham Lincoln, a feisty Nellie Bly, and a zombie George Washington!

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As much fun as it was outside, the real party was inside the Museum. One of the highlights from the night’s activities was a spirit photography booth. Take a look at some of the spooky results!

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More photos of our New-York Haunted Society Halloween festivities to follow – stay tuned!

Reading into History: A Deadly Interview with author Julie Chibbaro

deadlyIt’s October, so the Reading into History family book club decided to tackle a scary topic in history and, unfortunately, today: disease outbreaks. Our book this month has been Deadly by Julie Chibbaro, and we’ll meet to discuss the book on Sunday, October 19 from 3-5 pm here at the Museum.  If you want to not only discuss the history of diseases but also women’s rights and immigration —and meet the author and see original historical documents up close—we had better see you at the meeting!

In Deadly, readers follow the  fictional Prudence Galewski as she helps to find and stop a mysterious woman who carried  a horrible disease, typhoid, in her body and spread it to others while never getting sick herself. In 1906, when the novel takes place, the idea of a disease “carrier” seemed to most to be the stuff of science fiction, but it was real; this woman’s name was Mary Mallon, and she came to be known as “Typhoid Mary.” Was she a villain, a victim, or both? Prudence and readers alike struggle with these questions as they learn of Mallon’s reluctance to accept her condition and the harsh treatment she received by police and medical experts. Here is how one publication depicted Mallon in an illustration. What imagery do you see here? What does this artist want you to think and feel about Mary Mallon?

This image appeared in the journal The New American on June 20, 1909

This image appeared in the journal The New American on June 20, 1909

We spoke with author Julie Chibbaro, who will join us on Sunday, about her life and her book. Read what she has to say and come meet her this weekend.

DiMenna Children’s History Museum: What were you like between the ages of 9 and 12?

Julie Chibbaro: I was a city kid, child of divorced, unhappy parents, with two older sisters. I had a sense I loved books, but not necessarily of their value. My 4th grade teacher had rows of books, and I would take them home, devour them, and leave them in my secret spot behind my bed. After a while, my parents caught me with about 50 books hiding in my spot! Needless to say, they made me take them back, and my teacher instituted a new rule about book returns. I also loved to rollerskate, bike ride, play with my sisters, but in my darkest, loneliest, happiest moments, books were always there for me.

DCHM: What is your favorite time period in American history? Why?

JC: That’s a hard one. There are so many great stories! I’d have to say the Gold Rush fascinates me. All these men and women going from the East to the unexplored West in horse and wagon, with the intention of digging up gold to get rich. Some of the stories were extreme failures (look up the Donner party), and some were huge successes. That theme feels very American to me.

DCHM: What is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at the New-York Historical Society?

JC: The first moment I walked into the Historical Society, I was hushed by its grandeur. Intimidated. Yet it also felt very accessible to me, like I could spend hours there (and I did). That’s the coolest thing.

DCHM: What is your favorite place in New York City? Why?

JC: I’d have to say it’s a tie between Chinatown and the Central Park Zoo. I love the foreignness of Chinatown, the different smells and tastes and people. The Zoo reminds me of my mom, who took me there a lot as a kid. I miss her.

DCHM: What made you want to write Deadly?

JC: Many reasons. Typhoid Mary was a woman I’d known about as a kid, and wanted to know more. For years, I wanted to write something set in New York in the early 1900s. I was fascinated by early medicine, which seemed crude and outrageous (I had come across bloodletting and the use of leeches in my research for my first book, Redemption, which takes place in 1524, and found that those things were still being used in 1906!) I also felt it was timely – salmonella was a big subject in the news when I started writing Deadly, and of course, many of the big viruses, AIDS, SARS, and now, Ebola, are still present, and need to be conquered.

DCHM: What 3 words best describe Deadly?

JC: Discovery. Power. Prejudice.

New-York Haunted Society: What should Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln be for Halloween? You Decide!

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Last year, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln got in the spooky spirit of All Hallows’ Eve by donning costumes for the New-York Historical Society’s annual Halloween party. Douglass stood guard as a noble Jedi Knight on 77th Street and Lincoln greeted passersby as a heavyweight boxing champion on Central Park West.

Dressing up was such a blast that they’ll be getting into costume again and, this year, you get to pick what they’ll be! Click here to vote!

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Will Frederick Douglass be an astronaut? (Because he wasn’t afraid to shoot for the moon and definitely landed among the stars). A sailor? (As a nod to the way he escaped captivity and became a leader in the fight for freedom). Or a 1970s activist? (Because he was ahead of his time in the 1870s and would have fit right in in the groovy 1970s).

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As for Abraham Lincoln, will he be Captain America? (Because they’re both iconic American heroes). A railroad conductor? (As a nod to his nickname “Rail Splitter” as well as the Underground Railroad) Or a giraffe? (Because they’re both tall and larger than life!)

Image Credits:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aldrin_Apollo_11_original.jpg

http://www.oocities.org/dutcheastindies/US_Uniforms.html

http://www.reiss.com/us/explore/blog/throwback-thursday-the-seventies/

http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/c/captainamerica.htm

http://inmatesofwillard.com/2013/01/09/1886-hayts-corners-ovid-willard-rail-road/

 

 

 

Little New-Yorkers: From New York to India

In our Little New-Yorkers program, we explore living in New York through an array of wonderful children’s books that introduce us to and help us explore the city. We explore anything from travelling on the subway to meeting characters from different cultures that make up this city’s 8 million inhabitants.

As we continue to venture into the galleries, our little ones are being introduced more and more to the museum’s collections, such as our recent Madeline exhibition, or hidden gems like the painting below.

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Partial View of Building at Futtehpore-Sikri, New-York Historical Society

I recently came across this painting in our exhibition The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society. I was immediately drawn to its beautiful architecture and the warm colors. I was even more excited to find out that this seemingly random (and exceptionally small) painting of a corner of a building had a story attached that would transport us from New York to India.

In October, we’ll be exploring this painting by American artist Edwin Lord Weeks.

Painted between 1880-1890 it depicts a partial view of a building in India. Weeks was an American painter known for specialising in exotic subjects after he travelled extensively in countries such as Egypt, Jerusalem, Damascus and Tangier.

The building in the painting, called Birbal House, in Futtehpore-Sikri, was built in 1571 by the great Mughal emperor Akbar. He built the city as his capital, before the city was abandoned in 1585 when the capital was moved to Delhi.

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Birbal House today, Image courtesy of tybarchhistory.weebly.com

There are many stories and mythologies attached to the site of Futtehpore-Sikri, most about the Emperor Akbar’s and his ‘9 Jewels of the Court’. These were nine extraordinary people that the emperor, a lover of great intellectuals and talents, would surround himself with in his court.

One of these men was called Tansen the Great. He was considered one of the greatest musicians that ever lived and was known as a music magician. It is said that he could work miracles with his singing. It was this talent that led him to become the court musician and one of the 9 Jewels.

On 7 and 10 October, the Little New-Yorkers program will hear the most famous mythical story about Tansen and his music. We’ll explore the Raag (or Raga), a style of music native to India. And be introduced to the legendary Raag Deepak, a famous mythical song that has been lost and thus unknown to us today (adding to the mystery of the story).

Do you want to find out why this song is lost? Come and join us to find out!

An Interview with Frances McDormand: What was it like to be “Miss Clavel”?

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand

As our Madeline in New York exhibition winds down to its close on October 19, we are inviting families to join us this Sunday for a screening of the 1998 movie based on the books, Madeline.

We are so excited that local Upper Westsider Frances McDormand will be here to introduce the film! You may know that Ms. McDormand played the wonderful role of Miss Clavel who leads the girls on their adventures. We were able to interview Ms. McDormand recently and here’s what she said:

1. Ms. McDormand, this month is the 75th Anniversary of the story of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, a book that continues to be read nightly to children everywhere. To what do you credit the appeal of this story and the character of Madeline?

A girl, ostensibly on her own, navigates the magical city of Paris and her preadolescence in the company of other girls her age and a benevolent caretaker.  No messy parents and lots of adventure!

2. Did you have a favorite bedtime story? What did you like to read to your son when he was smaller?

Bill Peet books! Almost all of them! Cyrus The Unsinkable Sea Serpent, Chester The Worldly Pig, How Droofus The Dragon Lost his Head.

3. In the story of Madeline, Miss Clavel plays such a central role in the lives of Madeline and the girls. How did you think about Miss Clavel when you were preparing for your role in the movie Madeline?

I felt it was. It was important not to be friends with the girls as myself nor as Miss Clavel.  She is there as the voice of authority and security.  I tried to stay peripheral until necessary so that when I spoke, my voice would be heard.

4. What were some of your favorite parts about this role and, conversely, what were some challenges to portraying Miss Clavel?

My favorite thing was learning to drive the Deus Cheveux. I loved that car and it is very difficult to drive.  Both Miss Clavel and I are very macho about our ability to drive well.

The most challenging aspect of the filming was that, because I was always at the back of the “twelve little girls in two straight lines,” they were often stepping impatiently backwards onto my toes.  I had very angry and inflamed toenails by the end of our two months together.

5. Making movies seems like a lot of work but also a lot of fun…do you have a favorite memory about making the moving Madeline?

As the character of Miss Clavel, I wore a uniform most of the film.  I became very fond of my habit and especially the fact that I didn’t have to worry about my hair most of the days I worked.  I did, however, enjoy the day that we shot Miss Clavel in her nightclothes and without a veil.  I think we matched Mr. Bemelmans’ illustration quite well…”Something is not right. Something is quite wrong!”

6. In our exhibition, we learned that Madeline was actually created in Pete’s Tavern by Gramercy Park. Which New York places inspire you?

I have lived in NYC for 35 years and most of that time on the Upper Westside.  A piece of my heart will always be attached to the Elephant playground in Riverside Park.  It is where my son experienced his first swing and slide and learned to sing the ABC song.  It is Our Park.

Thank you, Ms. McDormand! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at the corner of 77th Street in New York City. Madeline will be shown at 2 pm. Come early for Madeline-themed activities and storytelling beginning at 12:30! Everything is free with Museum admission.

Madeline’s Tea Party!

All summer long, the New-York Historical Society has been celebrating the special exhibition Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Madeline came to the Museum and joined the Independence Day festivities on the 4th of July…

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Little New-Yorkers read Madeline stories and made Madeline accessories…

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Madeline books were read during Story Time every Sunday and additional Story Times were added throughout the week…

cAnd, maybe most fun of all, the New-York Historical Society has been hosting Madeline tea parties!

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If you haven’t already, come for an elegant and playful afternoon tea party in Caffè Storico at the New-York Historical Society! At Madeline’s Tea Party, guests enjoy an array of Parisian treats (both sweet and savory) while surrounded by Madeline décor (including a special activity placemat). Guests can then visit the exhibition Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans and listen to their favorite Madeline stories being read aloud.

Don’t miss out on the chance to attend one of these delightful teas – only a few dates remain! Check out our family programs calendar for more details.

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