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January 2016 – Parlorcraft Circle – Handmade Soft Shoes

Saturday, January 9th 2:00 – 4:30 pm Jefferson Market Library, Third Floor 425 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10011 Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlor Crafts Circle for a workshop about making soft slippers, a popular … Continue reading

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November 2015 – Racing Around the World with Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m. Jefferson Market Library, Third Floor 425 Avenue of the Americas Around the world in… 72 days? The New York 19th Century Society invites you to join our exploration of a global race that captivated the … Continue reading

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November 2015 – Parlorcraft Circle – Spencerian Script

Come and join the New York 19th Century Society’s Parlorcraft Circle as we explore Spencerian script and other antique styles of handwriting! Practice your elegant cursive over tea and conversation! 123► Most of us learned the Palmer method of cursive … Continue reading

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November 2015 Event – Racing Around the World with Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Racing Around the World with Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland Saturday, November 14 2:00 p.m. Jefferson Market Library 425 Sixth Avenue New York, NY 10011 Around the world in… 72 days? The New York 19th Century Society invites you to … Continue reading

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October 2015 Event – Dark Victoriana: 19th Century Occult

Dark Victoriana: 19th Century Occult Sunday, October 25 4:00 p.m. The Museum of Interesting Things 177 Prince Street New York, NY 10012 Seances, vampires, ghost stories, faeires, mesmerism, secret societies, spirit photography… the Victorians lived in a magical world of … Continue reading

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September 2015 – Fancy Dress Sail and Nautical Knot-Tying Workshop Aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer

Join the New York 19th Century Society for an afternoon of sailing, knot-tying, historic drinking establishments, and maritime adventures! We will meet at Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport at 12:45 p.m. At 1:00 p.m. we sail aboard the … Continue reading

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August 2015 – Parlorcraft Circle – Tatted Lace

In August 2015, tatted lace was the topic of our Parlorcraft Circle. Tatting was a popular early-19th-century technique for handcrafting lace from a series of knots and loops, using shuttles, a crochet hook, or a large needle. Lace is formed … Continue reading

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August 2015 Event: Freemasonry in 19th-Century New York

123► From mysterious origins to current practice, our speaker Dr. Mark Kotlko-Rivera will discussed the origins and activities of the ancient order of Freemasons, commonly know as the Masons.  The event was held on August  23 at The Lofts at Prince Street in Manhattan. … Continue reading

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July 2015 – Parlorcraft Circle – Smoking Caps

In July 2015 we presented our smoking cap edition of the Parlorcraft Circle. Beautifully embellished smoking caps, jackets, and slippers were popular lounge wear for fashionable Victorian gentlemen of the mid-nineteenth century. They replaced the looser banyan dressing gowns and … Continue reading

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Second Annual Antagonistics Weekend: The Victorian Art of Self-Defense

On July 28-29, 2012, The New York Nineteenth Century Society presented the second annual Antagonistics Weekend, presenting Bartitsu, the Victorian art of self-defense, to New York City. Mark P. Donnelly, Professore di Armes and a noted Bartitsu instructor, taught the … Continue reading

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