Merchant's House Museum Announces February Event Schedule

Merchant's House Museum Announces February Event Schedule


Merchant's House Museum on 29 East Fourth Street, NYC 10003 has announced its upcoming schedule of February events. 212-777-1089 Fax 212-777-1104 merchantshouse.org

Exhibition: Winter Warmth: How the Tredwells Bundled Up

Date: Open through Monday, March 31

Time: 12 to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Location: Merchant's House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street (btwn Lafayette & Bowery)

Description: Rarely seen objects from the original Tredwell collections are on display, including a foot stove, quilts, a muff, hand-knit 'joint warmers,' and a crocheted capelette, all items the family used to (try to) keep warm during the cold winter months. In the 19th century, there was no escaping the cold. Even with brisk fires burning, water froze in wash bowls, ink froze in wells, and wine in their bottles. People did what little they could to keep the cold at bay, but interior temperatures in the 19th century were well below today's standard 68 degrees. Included with regular admission.

Lecture and Tasting: America's Romance with Chocolate: A Sweet Social History

Date: Tuesday, February 4

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Merchant's House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street (btwn Lafayette & Bowery)

Description: Join us for a delectable evening of talk and tasting as we celebrate our country's long love affair with chocolate. Culinary historian Cathy Kaufman will present an illustrated lecture followed by a tasting in our period kitchen of handmade chocolate truffles by chef Wai Hon Chu, paired with wine.

At the start of the 19th century, ladies ceremonially drank a breakfast chocolate - touted as a health food - from exquisite porcelain cups. But by mid-century, advances in manufacturing had turned this liquid delight into the chocolate bars that we know today, a portable confection and a luscious treat. This illustrated lecture will trace chocolate's changing role and form in the social history of 19th century New York.




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