Historic House Trust of New York City

Historic House Trust of New York City The Historic House Trust of New York City in partnership with NYC Parks, advocates for, promotes, and provides expertise to preserve 23 publicly owned historic sites located throughout the city’s five boroughs.
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Twenty nine years ago, Mayor Edward I. Koch and Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern gathered at Gracie Mansion with preservationists, historians, architects, and others to announce the creation of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Mary Ellen Hern became the Trust’s first Executive Director and 18 prominent and committed citizens joined the Trust’s Board of Directors, 11 of whom are still on the board today. At that time, the 15 historic houses in the City’s collection suffered from decay, improper maintenance, or inappropriate restoration treatments. One by one, the Trust worked with the individual nonprofit organizations that operate the properties to address these structural needs. Over time we have expanded the services we provide to the houses, offering guidance on restoration, curatorial, and education projects. Today, the Trust’s collection has grown to 23 historic sites across the five boroughs, ranging from modest farmers’ cottages to grand mansions. The sites now thrive as cultural institutions that represent New York City’s colorful history and attract more than 700,000 visitors annually, some 480,000 of whom are New York City schoolchildren. The 29th Anniversary is both an opportunity to celebrate our past achievements and a reminder that there is still much to do to ensure that these houses will continue to enrich the city’s cultural life well into the future. We hope you will join us as we celebrate this year and experience our City’s historic treasures!

Twenty nine years ago, Mayor Edward I. Koch and Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern gathered at Gracie Mansion with preservationists, historians, architects, and others to announce the creation of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Mary Ellen Hern became the Trust’s first Executive Director and 18 prominent and committed citizens joined the Trust’s Board of Directors, 11 of whom are still on the board today. At that time, the 15 historic houses in the City’s collection suffered from decay, improper maintenance, or inappropriate restoration treatments. One by one, the Trust worked with the individual nonprofit organizations that operate the properties to address these structural needs. Over time we have expanded the services we provide to the houses, offering guidance on restoration, curatorial, and education projects. Today, the Trust’s collection has grown to 23 historic sites across the five boroughs, ranging from modest farmers’ cottages to grand mansions. The sites now thrive as cultural institutions that represent New York City’s colorful history and attract more than 700,000 visitors annually, some 480,000 of whom are New York City schoolchildren. The 29th Anniversary is both an opportunity to celebrate our past achievements and a reminder that there is still much to do to ensure that these houses will continue to enrich the city’s cultural life well into the future. We hope you will join us as we celebrate this year and experience our City’s historic treasures!

Mission: The Historic House Trust of New York City (HHT) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to help the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation preserve its collection of historic houses located in city parks. The Trust works with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the non-profit Boards of individual houses to restore, interpret and promote these sites, to educate residents and visitors about the social, economic and political history of New York City, and contribute to the vitality of surrounding communities.

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No matter what you celebrate, the staff at #HHTNYC wishes you a happy, safe and healthy #holiday season! ✨❄️❤️
12/24/2020

No matter what you celebrate, the staff at #HHTNYC wishes you a happy, safe and healthy #holiday season! ✨❄️❤️

With an improved website, HHT can better fulfill our role in promoting these house museums and their programs in an incr...
12/22/2020

With an improved website, HHT can better fulfill our role in promoting these house museums and their programs in an increasingly #virtual world. 🌎✨

Did you know that one third of annual #giving occurs in December? 2020 is coming to an end and #HHTNYC has big plans for 2021, but we need your help! Head over to https://historichousetrust.org/donate-today/ to find out how you can be our cha… See More

Through a re-grant program that directly supports the work our partner museums accomplish in their surrounding open spac...
12/18/2020

Through a re-grant program that directly supports the work our partner museums accomplish in their surrounding open spaces, HHT is helping reinforce their connection to our public parks when New Yorkers need the outdoors more than ever.

Did you know that one third of annual #giving occurs in December? 2020 is coming to an end and #HHTNYC has big plans for 2021, but we need your help! Head over to https://historichousetrust.org/donate-today/ to find out how you can be our champion!

Although our wonderful on-staff curator departed HHT this year, we remain committed to addressing emergency projects tha...
12/15/2020

Although our wonderful on-staff curator departed HHT this year, we remain committed to addressing emergency projects that arise at our partner sites.

Did you know that one third of annual #giving occurs in December? 2020 is coming to an end and #HHTNYC has big plans for 2021, but we need your help! Head over to https://historichousetrust.org/donate-today/ to find out how you can be our champion!

With city budgets slashed, HHT needs to work harder than ever to ensure that our partner museums are maintained for the ...
12/11/2020

With city budgets slashed, HHT needs to work harder than ever to ensure that our partner museums are maintained for the public they serve.

Did you know that one third of annual #giving occurs in December? 2020 is coming to an end and #HHTNYC has big plans for 2021, but we need your help! Head over to https://historichousetrust.org/donate-today/ to find out how you can be our champion!

At 6:30pm tonight, NY Community Board 2 will hold a hearing regarding updated plans for a proposed new building next to ...
12/10/2020

At 6:30pm tonight, NY Community Board 2 will hold a hearing regarding updated plans for a proposed new building next to the Merchant's House Museum. This construction could lead to adverse impacts and irreversible damage to one of our beloved partner historic sites. For more information about MHM’s concerns about the development, please go to merchantshouse.org/calltoarms.

The Historic House Trust will be providing testimony and below you will find a link to register to watch the hearing and submit comments.

https://bit.ly/3gvYwuk

During the crisis, HHT is meeting with representatives of our partner #museums to discuss common concerns and brainstorm...
12/08/2020

During the crisis, HHT is meeting with representatives of our partner #museums to discuss common concerns and brainstorms solutions to problems relating to both the pandemic and our larger collective vision.

Did you know that one third of annual #giving occurs in December? 2020 is coming to an end and #HHTNYC has big plans for 2021, but we need your help! Head over to https://historichousetrust.org/donate-today/ to find out how you can be our champion!

Come support the "No Records" installation by Reggie Black at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum from 5-9pm this Wednesday Dec 9th...
12/07/2020

Come support the "No Records" installation by Reggie Black at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum from 5-9pm this Wednesday Dec 9th!

Thank you Curbed for taking interest in our latest installation, "No Records" by Reggie Black! Come to Broadway and 204th St. this Wednesday between 5pm and 9pm to view this public projection, while remaining socially distant, at the Dyckman Farmhouse.
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Who knows where you can visit this sweet treat of a Christmas tree? 🎄😍 We do! It’s at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and you...
12/07/2020

Who knows where you can visit this sweet treat of a Christmas tree? 🎄😍 We do! It’s at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and you can see it (safely) in person! Go to bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more details! ✨

As much as we wish we could all gather together today, the #HHTNYC staff wishes you all a happy, safe and healthy #Thank...
11/26/2020

As much as we wish we could all gather together today, the #HHTNYC staff wishes you all a happy, safe and healthy #Thanksgiving. We are thankful for our 23 outstanding partner sites & all of the supporters and visitors who allow these important stories to continue to be told for generations. 🙏🦃💛

It’s a beautiful Thursday in #NYC! Grab your mask, some hand sanitizer and enjoy the fresh fall air! May we suggest visi...
11/19/2020

It’s a beautiful Thursday in #NYC! Grab your mask, some hand sanitizer and enjoy the fresh fall air! May we suggest visiting @thelittleredlighthousenyc?

On this #VeteransDay, we proudly honor and appreciate the people who are serving and have served our country. ❤️🤍💙 Thank...
11/11/2020

On this #VeteransDay, we proudly honor and appreciate the people who are serving and have served our country. ❤️🤍💙 Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice!

Visit Staten Island
11/09/2020

Visit Staten Island

When was the last time you VISITed Historic Richmond Town? Now is your chance to relive the good ol' days because guided tours are 𝐁𝐀𝐂𝐊! 🏛

While the campus' buildings and programs are temporarily suspended, the staff is ready to welcome all (𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀!) to the historic village for limited-capacity guided tours on the weekends between 11a.m. and 3p.m.
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𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 6 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑥𝑖𝑚𝑢𝑚 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑦, 𝑖𝑛 𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐 𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠. 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑀𝑈𝑆𝑇 𝑏𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑎ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒!

For more information and to reserve your tickets, go here: https://www.historicrichmondtown.org/visitor-information-covid19.

#stayonstatenisland #allinstatenisland #AllInNYC #TheUnexpectedBorough #BoroughOfParks #statenisland #MaskUpNYC #staywellnyc

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The word of the day is: #AegeanTeal! Our longtime supporter Benjamin Moore recently unveiled Aegean Teal as their 2021 C...
11/06/2020

The word of the day is: #AegeanTeal! Our longtime supporter Benjamin Moore recently unveiled Aegean Teal as their 2021 Color of the Year and we are big fans! Do you use this calming color that the storied paint company describes as creating "natural harmony"? We spotted a close match in The Conference House parlor!

(Photo 1 credit: Robert Wright for the @nytimes)
(Photo 2 credit: @benjaminmoore)

11/03/2020

It’s #ElectionDay! 🇺🇸 Please be sure you make it to the polls today if you have not done so already!

Do you live near one of our partner sites? Tag us in a photo at one of the sites with your I Voted sticker and we’ll feature you!

Happy Halloween, everyone! 🕸🎃The #HHTeam enjoyed a Halloween themed staff meeting yesterday! Have fun, be safe and pleas...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween, everyone! 🕸🎃The #HHTeam enjoyed a Halloween themed staff meeting yesterday! Have fun, be safe and please tag us in your #Halloween photos at our partner sites!

Don't miss your chance!
10/27/2020
Visit Staten Island

Don't miss your chance!

𝐋𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄 to go pumpkin picking on the farm right here on Staten Island! 🎃

Join Historic Richmond Town for the last weekend of fall fun - including special Halloween activities, at no additional cost 👏

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10/23/2020
GMA3: What You Need To Know

Thank you GMA3: What You Need To Know for this spooky spotlight on Merchant's House Museum! Don't miss "Lingering in the Shadows: The Spirits of the Merchant's House, Past & Present" starting tonight through Oct 30!

Fancy a visit with a few spooky spirits? 👻 NYC’s Merchant's House Museum may be just the place for you. Will Reeve investigates claims of paranormal activity in the ancient building. #GMA3 #WYNTK

Say hello while New York City Department of Parks & Recreation visits the folks at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum!https://www....
10/20/2020
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Say hello while New York City Department of Parks & Recreation visits the folks at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum!
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1nAJEAamvwkJL

Join us live at the farm at the Wyckoff House Museum in East Flatbush, Brooklyn! — Brooklyn, NY, United States

Looking for a unique activity that’s good for the body and soul while also visiting some of our #HHTNYC partner sites? T...
10/19/2020

Looking for a unique activity that’s good for the body and soul while also visiting some of our #HHTNYC partner sites? Try the #BroadCityChallenge, based off of a fan favorite episode of Comedy Central’s hit show “Broad City!” Flip through and find out how to do it!

10/17/2020
City Parks Foundation

City Parks Foundation

The #SwedishCottageMarionetteTheatre is proud to announce a virtual open house presented with Open House New York!

Part I: A History of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre facilitated by Swedish American puppeteer Cinna Vesterberg

From its origin in Sweden, through its journey to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876, to its final, current destination in Central Park, Cinna will explore this schoolhouse-turned-marionette-theatre’s intriguing history and place as an Historic House Landmark.

Part II: Behind the Scenes with Swedish Cottage Marionette Puppeteers facilitated by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon

The Swedish Cottage puppeteers’ history began 63 years after the Swedish Schoolhouse debuted at the Historic 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Bruce Cannon will take us through the history of the puppeteers and their fascinating journey as a puppet troupe into the 21st century.

All of us at #HHTNYC would like to wish @seguinemansion’s very own George Burke a wonderfully happy & healthy 90th birth...
10/11/2020

All of us at #HHTNYC would like to wish @seguinemansion’s very own George Burke a wonderfully happy & healthy 90th birthday! 🎂🦚❤️

City Parks Foundation
10/07/2020

City Parks Foundation

We're proud to announce a virtual open house presented with Open House New York. Taking place on October 17 & 18, the open house will offer an in-depth look into the history of the theatre and its puppeteers, followed by “Puppet Time” our first-ever Puppet Slam showcase.

Learn more at cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage/

“Puppet Time” is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry). #SwedishCottageMarionetteTheatre
Historic House Trust of New York City Puppet Slam Network New York City Department of Parks & Recreation The Jim Henson Foundation

With children returning to school, either in person or virtually, several of our #HHTNYC partner sites are banding toget...
10/06/2020

With children returning to school, either in person or virtually, several of our #HHTNYC partner sites are banding together to offer virtual after school programs! On Tuesdays from October 13 to November 24, @dyckmanfarmhouse, @morrisjumel, @oldstonehousebklyn, @historicrichmondtown, @wyckoffmuseum & @lewislatimerhouse are offering activities that extend fun and learning outside the classroom! Visit bit.ly/3l54RxU to register! 📚✨

October is #LGBTQHistoryMonth! 🏳️‍🌈 In 2017, the Alice Austen House Museum was designated as a national site of LGBTQ hi...
10/02/2020

October is #LGBTQHistoryMonth! 🏳️‍🌈 In 2017, the Alice Austen House Museum was designated as a national site of LGBTQ history. You can learn more about Alice and her life as a lesbian photographer by safely visiting the house at 2 Hylan Blvd in Staten Island! Not only is AAHM open, but several of our #HHTNYC partner sites are starting to reopen their doors! Please check individual house sites and social media accounts for more details. ✨

Some of our partner sites are joining together to provide amazing after school programming! Read more below! 👇
09/29/2020

Some of our partner sites are joining together to provide amazing after school programming! Read more below! 👇

Join #MorrisJumelMansion & our fellow Historic House Trust of New York City houses for fun Virtual #afterschool programs this Fall! We're hosting the October 20 #Suncatcher Design session for Kids 8-12 from 4-5 pm. Register now for the sessions of your choice: bit.ly/2Ek6eJm

Morris-Jumel Mansion
09/22/2020

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Join #MorrisJumelMansion & our fellow Historic House Trust of New York City houses for fun Virtual #afterschool programs this Fall! We're hosting the October 20 #Suncatcher Design session for Kids 8-12 from 4-5 pm. Register now for the sessions of your choice: bit.ly/2Ek6eJm

Happy #NationalDanceDay! Make sure you strut your stuff over to our partner sites who are reopening! @merchantshouse reo...
09/19/2020

Happy #NationalDanceDay! Make sure you strut your stuff over to our partner sites who are reopening! @merchantshouse reopens today! If you become a #member at #HHT, you get complimentary access to these historic #NYC sites!

Guess what? Our partner sites are starting to #reopen! If you become a member of #HHTNYC, you can get complimentary acce...
09/16/2020

Guess what? Our partner sites are starting to #reopen! If you become a member of #HHTNYC, you can get complimentary access among other great perks! Check out historichousetrust.org/membership for details! ✨ What sites are you looking forward to visiting?

Join The Conference House in their Historic 1776 Challenge virtual run/walk! Help preserve a piece of American history a...
09/11/2020
Conference House Historic 1776 Challenge

Join The Conference House in their Historic 1776 Challenge virtual run/walk! Help preserve a piece of American history and provide educational programming to the community.

All participants receive cool swag and one free admission to the house!

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/StatenIsland/1776Challenge

The Conference House Historic 1776 Challenge is on Tuesday September 1, 2020 to Saturday October 31, 2020. It includes the following events: 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run/Walk, 177.6 Miles, and 17.6 Miles.

The Queens County Farm Museum
09/05/2020

The Queens County Farm Museum

All new! September Sundays special admission days Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Be the first to discover The Amazing Maize Maze! Tickets, details & Covid visitor guidelines at https://bit.ly/2ELvvfS 🌽🌻

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This typical 18th-century farmhouse serves as the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society!...
09/01/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This typical 18th-century farmhouse serves as the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society! Comment and give it your best guess!

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The Arsenal, Central Park 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 203
New York, NY
10065

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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New signage recognizes the homes and churches that comprised a vibrant African American community removed by eminent domain to construct Central Park.
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