Educators are invited to join historians and other experts to learn about New York City. Each lecture is designed specifically for educators and is presented in conjunction with school programs offered by the Museum. These events are free but reservations are required.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7 5:00 – 7:00 pm
History of New York City Public Transportation from the Early 19th Century to Today with John Tauranac
Presented in conjunction with the school program Getting Around: How Transportation Shaped the City
Join urban historian John Tauranac, author of Essential New York: A Guide to the History and Architecture of Manhattan’s Important Buildings, Parks, and Bridges for an illustrated lecture on the history of public transportation in New York City and the demographic impact it has on where people live and work.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Harlem’s Black & Jewish Music Culture, 1890-1930 with John Reddick
Presented in conjunction with the school program and exhibition: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment
The Apollo Theater, like Harlem, has long been established as a Mecca for black talent but fewer people are aware of the parallel history of Jewish entertainers and cultural history rooted there as well. Writer and cultural historian John Reddick will present Harlem’s history by discussing diverse composers, performing artists, and venues rooted there.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Feeding the City: Street Vendors in 19th Century New York City with Dr. Cindy Lobel
Presented in conjunction with the school program Feeding the City: From Marketplaces to Green Carts
Join Dr. Cindy Lobel of Lehman College, CUNY, for an exploration of pushcarts and street vendors in 19th century New York City. This lecture will range in topics from “hot corn girls” to oyster carts, revealing the relationship between street culture and the production and consumption of food.
THURSDAY, MAY 5 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City with Dr. Eric Sanderson
Presented in conjunction with the school program Mannahatta
Dr. Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist, will discuss his methodologies for The Mannahatta Project to reconstruct the island of Manhattan before the European encounters of the early 1600s.
THURSDAY, MAY 12 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Life in New Amsterdam: 1624 – 1664 with Dr. Firth Fabend
Presented in conjunction with the school program Walking New Amsterdam
Dr. Firth Fabend, New York University, will analyze and describe who was living in New Amsterdam during the 17th century. Educators will “meet” the men and women who worked in and built the colony. Dr. Fabend has lectured extensively on New Netherland and the Dutch in New York.