The Merchant’s House Museum has announced their New Year’s Day 2020 Celebration, set for Wednesday, January 1, 2020, from 2 to 5 pm. Attendees will be able to cheer for the New Year and learn how New Yorkers like the Tredwells celebrated the day in the 1850s.
Paying social calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. The celebration will feature guided tours of the house and current exhibitions throughout the afternoon, walking tours of the NoHo neighborhood, and hot cider and cookies in the cozy 19th century kitchen.
New this year, Gertrude Tredwell portrayed by a costumed interpreter, will receive guests in the elegant parlor decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias – and a table-top tree festooned with ribbons and candles.
Tickets are $20 for the general public, free for MHM Members and children under 12.
For more information about New Year’s Day in 19th century New York, click here to read Museum Historian Ann Haddad’s blog post, This Fine Old Custom.
The Merchant’s House Museum is located at 29 E 4th St, New York, NY. For more information or tickets, visit the Museum’s website.
Illustration: “New Year’s Day in New York,” Harper’s Weekly, January 1, 1859.