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Holiday Reception and Tour at Merchant's House
Women of Washington Square
History of Tap
4th Street from East to West
East Village Murals
St Marks is Dead

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.   

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A Holiday Reception and Tour at the Merchant’s House Museum
*for GVSHP members at the $100 level and above

Wednesday, December 2
6:30 – 8:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required
Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

The Merchant’s House Museum was one of the first buildings to be given landmark status when the New York City Landmarks Law took effect 50 years ago. The house will be in festive mid-19th century holiday dress with a table-top tree, poinsettias, and greenery decking the halls. Join us for candlelight tours of the house, caroling, and Dickensian fare as we celebrate the holidays in Old New-York.

With special performance previews of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867” throughout the evening by star John Kevin Jones, and holiday raffle.

[Tickets are $25 for the public, but GVSHP members at the $100 level and up are admitted free.]

Click HERE to register for this program.

The Immigrant, Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square
A lecture by Joyce Gold
a special encore – this program was so popular last spring, we’re bringing it back!

This program is already at capacity and we are no longer accepting reservations.

Tuesday, December 8
6:30 – 8:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required
Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at West 10th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

Home to many of the political, creative, and intellectual movements in New York’s history, the residences around Washington Square and its amazing female population account for much of that vitality. Throughout the years, Washington Square’s environs have seen an unparalleled array of women—working class, gentry, radical, literary, academic, theatrical, convict, and immigrant.

Highlights of the talk include literary, art, and theatre iconoclasts; the salon of Mable Dodge, a center of WW I-era activism; the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its role in the labor movement; and the suffrage movement.

Joyce Gold teaches Manhattan history at New York University. She is the author of From Windmills to the World Trade Center: A Walking Guide through Lower Manhattan History and From Trout Stream to Bohemia: A Walking Guide to Greenwich Village History.

A-One, Two, Three, Four!
A history of tap dance in the Village with Tony Waag

Thursday, December 10
6:30 – 8:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Baha’i Center, 53 East 11th Street, between University Place and Broadway
[This venue is not wheelchair accessible.]

Tap Dance was born in the Five Points District in lower Manhattan. It traveled uptown as the city expanded, and was a staple of Hollywood musicals and TV variety shows of the 50 ’s and 60’s. In the 1970’s tap enjoyed a renaissance at venues in and around Greenwich Village. Today you might see it on the street, in a park, in a late night club, or on a stage.

Tony Waag is Artistic and Executive Director of the American Tap Dance Foundation located at 154 Christopher Street. ATDF offers ongoing education and training programs for tappers of all ages and levels. In December of 2014 Tony received a Dance Magazine Award which recognizes those whose contributions have left a lasting impact on the dance world.

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Histories of 4th Street from East to West
A Presentation by the NYU Archives & Public History Program Master’s Degree Candidates

Co-sponsored by the NYU History Department

This program is already at capacity and we are no longer accepting reservations.

Wednesday, December 16
6:30 – 8:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South
(West 4th Street), between Sullivan and Thompson Streets
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

4th Street runs from Avenue D in the East Village, across the island of Manhattan, changing from “East 4th” to “West 4th” at Broadway. It continues on to 6th Avenue, where it changes direction on a hard angle and runs through the West Village to 13th Street, near the Meatpacking District.  Greenwich Village is known for its defiance of the numeric street grid, and is the place where West 4th Street crosses West 12th Street.

Three teams of graduate students from the NYU Archives & Public History Program have spent the semester studying and researching three particular sections of 4th Street. They have analyzed census reports, building permits, and many other resources, and will present their findings in this lecture/slideshow.

Murals of the East Village/Lower East Side
A slideshow and lecture with Jane Weissman

Co-sponsored by Neighborhood Preservation Center

Tuesday, January 5
6:30 – 8:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Sixth Street Community Center,
638 East 6th Street, between Avenue B and Avenue C
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote, "Murals are the people's blackboard." New York’s earliest community murals appeared in Harlem in the late 1960s, but in 1968 it was Cityarts Workshop — created in 1968 — that led to the Lower East Side being identified as the cradle of these collaborations between artists and neighborhood residents.  In 1985, Artmakers Inc. created the La Lucha Continua / The Struggle Continues mural park, a cycle of 26 murals.  Only memories and some vestiges of these murals now exist.

Jane Weissman, co-author of On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City will present a lecture and slideshow about the murals of the Lower East Side as well as the historic Pathfinder Mural, located at Charles and West Streets.

Click HERE to register for this program.

St Marks is Dead
A book talk with author Ada Calhoun

Co-sponsored by Merchant's House Museum

Monday, January 25
6:30 – 8:00 P.M..
Free; reservations required Click HERE to register for this program.
Theatre 80, 80 St Marks Place, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

In this idiosyncratic work of narrative history, enriched by more than two hundred interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun traces the 400-year history of the area—organized around pivotal moments when yet another group of denizens declared, “St. Marks is Dead.” And yet, Calhoun shows how the street continues to provide each new generation of rebels with a place to call home.

Calhoun has been a crime reporter for the New York Post, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, a theater critic for New York magazine, and a ghostwriter or co-author of seven books for major publishers, including four bestsellers

Click HERE to register for this program.

These programs are made possible in part by the generous support of: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, and Margaret Chin; and GVSHP members.

GVSHP hosts a wide variety of public programs throughout the year.


To register for a free event, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

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