The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.
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It was a fun informative class. They gave us a pamphlet that included information on five women that had a major impact in our history.The volunteers asked that we go to the 'Hidden Figures' exhibit prior to starting our doll so that we would gather additional insight and information not contained in the handout. The exhibit and pamphlet inspired me and I came back and made a colorful paper doll that held a sign for equal rights for ALL!
Very prominent women in political field, but this was a very depressing evening. This was not an evening that talked about women and the future of New York politics, it only talked about these particular women. It was not inspirational in the slightest for a woman to jump into the political arena, nor did it serve as informational in how a woman could be effective whether you run for political office or not. No mention of the wonderful resources that are out there that are dedicated to teaching women how to run for office, such as VoteRunLead, Higher Heights, Emerge now has a branch in NYC. Sharon is well-meaning, but I don't believe her caucus is real, unfortunately. The five women were lovely to share their evening, but Tish and MMV did not get a chance to share what City Hall is like or what is needed to work in local government. Only Carol and Ronnie talked about the Lindsay days. It was unbalanced and silly in many ways.
Tour Guide Matt from NYV H2O was informed, attentive to the group, spoke clearly and audibly. I've no complaints!
Great event and an amazing experience!
Really interesting. Intelligent people. Yay
I liked the topic and the fact that there was sufficient time for questions. One of the speakers could've been more enthusiastic, which would have made it more stimulating and energetic.
It was amazing! Thank you!
Robin S. gave this class 2 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Lauren F. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Laura T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.