Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion There's always something new at Manhattan's oldest house!
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#MansionMonday One of the fun aspects of working at the Mansion is that you get to use the big skeleton key! This key is...
05/18/2020

#MansionMonday One of the fun aspects of working at the Mansion is that you get to use the big skeleton key! This key is custom-made to open up some of the house's main doors, and each door has its own trick that you need to know to open it. Does anyone else live or work in an #historichouse that has unique quirks or features? Share below! @hhtnyc #architecture #nyhistory

That’s a wrap for #museumweek2020! Curious about the origin of our #museumweek images? Here’s an archival #viewfrommuseu...
05/17/2020

That’s a wrap for #museumweek2020! Curious about the origin of our #museumweek images? Here’s an archival #viewfrommuseumwindow!
Thanks for following along all #museumweek2020 #fromhome and sharing your memories and captions!

MJM dreams of reuniting with our community at the mansion, but we are pleased to offer online lectures and tours to help you enjoy the #museumfromhome. Follow link in bio for more information about our online programming.

Please tag or mention us in your #viewfrommywindow posts, and we’ll share them in our story!

The final theme of #Museumweek2020 is #dreams. As a historic house museum, MJM dreams of bridging the gap between the pa...
05/17/2020

The final theme of #Museumweek2020 is #dreams. As a historic house museum, MJM dreams of bridging the gap between the past and present, bringing history to life for our guests in our period rooms. The heavenly cloud wallpaper seen in the museum's Octagon Room was recreated and installed in the octagon room in 2016, based upon a c.1815 paper design found in the archival collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. MJM worked with paper maker Atelier D’Offard to recreate the pattern using hand carved wooden blocks, and hand-mixed pigments and other materials that would have been available in the 19th century.

Why clouds? In 1826, Eliza Jumel wrote to her husband while he was traveling in France, describing a cloud print on a sky-blue background that she desired for the back room of the mansion. Combined with the original suite of Duncan Phyfe furniture Eliza commissioned, the wallpaper vividly brings Eliza’s dreams for the Octagon room to life, almost two centuries after she envisioned it. The painting which hangs in the room today shows Eliza sitting on the Phyfe sofa among stylized clouds. Follow link in bio for a closer look at more of MJM’s period rooms.

Comment below or tag us in your posts sharing some of your own hopes, dreams or restoration projects.
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MJM has often used a simple, yet effective form of technology to create ambiance and illusion for our events and theatre...
05/16/2020

MJM has often used a simple, yet effective form of technology to create ambiance and illusion for our events and theatre productions - illumination!

LED lighting tricks have added unexpected, dramatic effects to our past theatre productions, as you can see in these photos from “Alice in Wonderland” (first five images), and “Fancy Me Mad” (last two images.)

The use of lighting technology has been an important element of mansion’s history long before it became a museum in 1904. As an aspect of our Con Edison Family Day Program, MJM hosts an annual candle-making day - educators explore the history of illumination at the mansion (from tallow and beeswax candles, to whale oil lamps) while families create unique, handmade candles to bring home.
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MJM is using #technology to bring the museum to you while we all #stayathome - we are pleased to announce a series of on...
05/16/2020

MJM is using #technology to bring the museum to you while we all #stayathome - we are pleased to announce a series of online chats with experts to discuss topics that explore the history of the Mansion and connect it to the present day.

During our first virtual conversation, “Who was the Real Mary Philipse Morris? Going Beyond the Myth," Jessa Krick of Historic Hudson Valley, and Megan Byrnes of Morris-Jumel Mansion will explore the life and times of this elusive member of the prominent Philipse family. The life and story of Mary Philipse Morris (1730-1825) is largely framed through her relationships with men, including her husband, British colonel Roger Morris, and rumored suitor, George Washington. Many speculations and romanticized stories persist, but what do we as historians actually know about her?

Join us Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm to find out more about the mansion's first lady of the house! Lectures are free with online reservation.

https://www.facebook.com/events/576571923236841/

Mary Philipse. Attributed to John Wollaston. New York, c. 1750. Oil on canvas.
Historic Hudson Valley (PM.80.2 a-b). Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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#onlineevent #philipsburgmanor #hhv

#Caturday Caption Contest:What do you think our resident garden caretaker (affectionately know as Madame Eliza throughou...
05/16/2020

#Caturday Caption Contest:
What do you think our resident garden caretaker (affectionately know as Madame Eliza throughout the park) was thinking when MJM gardener, Shell @nycparks, snapped this shot? Caption Madame Eliza below.
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ATTENTION history and sports fans! Did you know that you can now join Neil Scherer, on a virtual curator tour of MJM’s p...
05/16/2020

ATTENTION history and sports fans! Did you know that you can now join Neil Scherer, on a virtual curator tour of MJM’s past exhibition, “Home Plate: A celebration of the Polo Grounds” from the comfort of your couch!? Just one more #museumweek example of MJM is striving to bring the museum to you via #technology while we #stayathome #together. Neil’s enthusiasm, and ability to draw parallels between sports early history, and modern day sports will bring new meaning to all those classic games you’ve been watching!

Tag your favorite NY sports fan or historian! Link to virtual tour in bio.
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#museumweek #museumweek2020 #museumsforculture #museumsfromhome #covid19 #shelterinplace #coronavirus #yankees

#MuseumWeek2020 from home continues, highlighting the use of #technology within museums, which can be a challenge for a ...
05/16/2020

#MuseumWeek2020 from home continues, highlighting the use of #technology within museums, which can be a challenge for a historic house - but MJM is always up for a challenge! Over the years we’ve used technology in a myriad of ways, including our collaboration with Film Works Alfresco, which presented movie musicals showcasing New York City through the decades on MJM’s lawn!

Tune in all day for other examples of our use of technology to bring history to life.
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Greetings #SpookySaturday followers! 👻 Gaze upon this picture and imagine standing there all alone (but not really) and ...
05/16/2020

Greetings #SpookySaturday followers! 👻 Gaze upon this picture and imagine standing there all alone (but not really) and listening to the words of this very poem by Robert Bridges.

The south-wind strengthens to a gale,
Across the moon the clouds fly fast,
The house is smitten as with a flail,
The chimney shudders to the blast.

On such a night, when Air has loosed
Its guardian grasp on blood and brain,
Old terrors then of god or ghost
Creep from their caves to life again;

And Reason kens he herits in
A haunted house. Tenants unknown
Assert their squalid lease of sin
With earlier title than his own.

Unbodied presences, the pack’d
Pollution and remorse of Time,
Slipp’d from oblivion reënact
The horrors of unhouseld crime.

Some men would quell the thing with prayer
Whose sightless footsteps pad the floor,
Whose fearful trespass mounts the stair
Or burts the lock’d forbidden door.

Some have seen corpses long interr'd
Escape from hallowing control,
Pale charnel forms—nay ev’n have heard
The shrilling of a troubled soul,

That wanders till the dawn hath cross’d
The dolorous dark, or Earth hath wound
Closer her storm-spredd cloke, and thrust
The baleful phantoms underground.

Roger Morris Park is home to more than just the mansion, as our neighbors who stroll through our grounds know, so we are...
05/15/2020

Roger Morris Park is home to more than just the mansion, as our neighbors who stroll through our grounds know, so we are acutely aware of the impact human presence has on nature. From our heritage roses, to the colonial herb garden, to the bees and butterflies, the park is vibrant with life that requires careful maintenance.

Once a month, our energetic and knowledgeable gardener, Shell @nycparks, teaches our hardworking volunteers how to help care for the thriving ecosystem of Roger Morris Park. Garden Volunteer Day is a learning experience, a workout, and a community experience. We look forward to future #volunteer days, but for now, here some fruits of our collective, MJM #community labors.
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I spy with my little eye... MJM’s garden cats! A unique element of #ClimateMW for #museumweek2020 at home is the #viewfr...
05/15/2020

I spy with my little eye... MJM’s garden cats! A unique element of #ClimateMW for #museumweek2020 at home is the #viewfrommywindowchallege sharing your #stayathomeperspective.

MJM staff often spot the local feline caretakers of Roger Morris Park from our staircase window! What do you see from your window? Please tag or mention us in your #viewfrommywindow posts, and we’ll share them in our story!

Come back on Saturdays to check out our #caturday posts for #gardencats.
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#museumweek #museumweek2020 #museumsforculture #museumsfromhome #covid19 #stayhome #shelterinplace #coronavirus @ Washington Heights, Manhattan

Today’s MuseumWeek theme is #climate. We often say that Madame Eliza Jumel was MJM’s longest living resident (she lived ...
05/15/2020

Today’s MuseumWeek theme is #climate. We often say that Madame Eliza Jumel was MJM’s longest living resident (she lived in the house from 1810-1865), but in fact, the longest living resident of the original Morris-Jumel Mansion property is an English Elm! Growing on the east side of St. Nicholas Avenue at 163rd Street, now standing at a height of 78.72ft, with a trunk diameter 60.7 Inches, this tree, locally known as “The Dinosaur” dates back to the 18th century. (Fun fact: This was one of only 25 historic trees in NYC selected to be reproduced via grafting!)

Much like the mansion, the Dinosaur has witnessed so many eras of New York history! The Dinosaur has had countless famous New Yorkers as neighbors, from MJM’s residents the Morris and Jumel families, to Duke Ellington, Arthur Mitchell and Lin-Manuel Miranda! Who’s your favorite Washington Heights resident who may have l strolled by this tree over the centuries? @ Washington Heights, Manhattan

Today's #MJMMatters story comes from #Mansion member, Kathleen Niegocki:"The Morris-Jumel Mansion is one of those rare p...
05/15/2020
Why MJM Matters Stories: Kathleen Niegocki, Museum Member — Morris-Jumel Mansion

Today's #MJMMatters story comes from #Mansion member, Kathleen Niegocki:
"The Morris-Jumel Mansion is one of those rare places that can really transport you to another time. I’ve always been captivated by physical traces of New York City’s past, and MJM is a true treasure to me. Its wonderful staff and volunteers have taught me so much about NYC history. MJM is also a hub for cultural events and an unexpected home to fantastic contemporary art exhibitions, all nestled within the serene and picturesque Roger Morris Park.

I first visited the Mansion only a couple of days after moving to Washington Heights from the Upper West Side, where I grew up. I was blown away. MJM quickly became an important fixture in my life and my favorite place to bring friends. My most memorable experiences have been the paranormal investigations (I’ve got 3 under my belt!), which offer VIP access to the house and its stories plus a chance to dip into the paranormal – by far THE most unique night out you’ll have in NYC!"

Thank you for sharing your story and for becoming a member, Kathleen! Read more stories about #MJM and submit your own:
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By Kathleen Niegocki, Museum Member  The Morris-Jumel Mansion is one of those rare places that can really transport you to another time. I’ve always been captivated by physical traces of New York City’s past, and MJM is a true treasure to me. Its wonderful staff and volunteers have taught

One final, epic museum moment for day four of Museum Week, #museummemories! The 255 year old Morris-Jumel Mansion has be...
05/15/2020

One final, epic museum moment for day four of Museum Week, #museummemories! The 255 year old Morris-Jumel Mansion has been witness to so many facets of American history. During Queen Elizabeth II's visit to New York for America’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, MJM was honored by a visit from Her Majesty and Prince Phillip. The museum was selected from well over a hundred New York City sites that requested her presence because of the mansion’s importance in the the war for Independence- for both the American’s and the British. On that hot day in July, the royal couple pulled up on Jumel Terrace (if you’ve visited the mansion, you will recognize Sylvan Terrace in the background of the first photo), toured the house, and strolled the grounds of Roger Morris Park meeting members of the community and staff, including our long-time volunteer, John Henry Thomas III.

John Henry gave Her Majesty a brief colonial garden tour, and asked Queen Elizabeth’s what her favorite tea was! Tune in next week on #throwbackthursday for more anecdotes about Her Majesty’s visit to the mansion from John Henry, who is still a cherished member of the MJM family. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a day where he is leading docent tours, you might hear these stories in person!

Can you guess the Queen’s favorite tea!? Post your comments below! @ Morris-Jumel Mansion

If you saw the PBS documentary, ”Hamilton’s America,” you might recognize this scene from MJM’s #museummoments! Lin-Manu...
05/14/2020

If you saw the PBS documentary, ”Hamilton’s America,” you might recognize this scene from MJM’s #museummoments! Lin-Manuel Miranda actually wrote parts of the song, “My Shot,” from the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton” IN Aaron Burr’s bedroom at the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum (and many of the mansion’s rooms are featured in Hamilton’s America.) As Lin-Manuel Miranda says in the documentary, “talk about artist in residence - literally!” Share some of your favorite moments in MJM Museum moments - comment or tag us in your #museummomentsMW posts!

MuseumWeek rocks on today with #museummomentsMW! Many know that Washington used “Mount Morris,” as his headquarters for ...
05/14/2020

MuseumWeek rocks on today with #museummomentsMW! Many know that Washington used “Mount Morris,” as his headquarters for five weeks in 1776, followed by British and Hessian mercenaries’ occupation of the house for the remainder of the American Revolution, but did you know GW returned to the mansion during his Presidency? In July of 1790, a dinner was held at the mansion in honor of Washington and his cabinet (according to Washington’s journal the mansion was “in possession of a common farmer” at the time.)

Every July we host a party commemorating the dinner held for our Founding Father celebrities! As you can see, the George Washington Dinner is one of MJM’s summer highlights!

American history challenge: can you name all of the members of Washington’s first cabinet who attended this dinner? @ Morris-Jumel Mansion

On the second Saturday of each month, MJM educators and local families spend the day #together. ConEdison sponsored Fami...
05/13/2020

On the second Saturday of each month, MJM educators and local families spend the day #together. ConEdison sponsored Family Days, which include free admission for all, tours in English and Spanish, and hands-on activities to engage in together, while drawing connections between the past and present. Connecting with our community and sharing these creative experiences is the highlight of each month at MJM. We look forward to seeing you all at future Family Days, but for now scroll through for a look back on past highlights!

We’d love to read or see your Family Day memories - comment or tag us!

The third day of #MuseumWeek highlights something we’re all missing desperately right now - togetherness. A sense of uni...
05/13/2020

The third day of #MuseumWeek highlights something we’re all missing desperately right now - togetherness. A sense of unity is essential to us all, and MJM is certainly missing its community. One of our favorite annual community events - a true highlight of the year - is Jazz Fest. For more than 25 years, MJM has co-hosted our Jazzfest, with jazz icon, and neighborhood institution, Marjorie Eliot (who holds weekly Sunday jazz concerts in her apartment nearby.) We patiently look forward to reconnecting with our community for lawn concerts, lectures, and tours, but for now check out the link in bio to see what we’re up to virtually. Please share in comments or posts what community elements you missing while we are #togetherathome @ Morris-Jumel Mansion

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Subway "C" train to 163rd Street. Exit the stairs at the south-east end of the station. Walk past the C-Town grocery store and proceed up stone stairwell on the left (east) side of St. Nicolas Avenue. Museum entrance is directly ahead of you at the end of Sylvan Terrace. Bus M2 ( Madison Ave.) to 160th and Edgecombe Ave. (uphill walk one block west to Jumel Terrace. Museum Entrance is 1/2 block north on Jumel Terrace) M3 or M18 (Madison Ave.) to 160th and St. Nicholas Ave. (walk 1/2 block east to Jumel Terrace. Museum Entrance is 1/2 block north on Jumel Terrace) M101 (Third Ave.) to 161st and Amsterdam Ave. (walk one block south to West 160th Street and two short blocks to Jumel Terrace. Museum entrance is 1/2 block north on Jumel Terrace).

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Washington's other Birthday: The conversion from the old calendar to the new was also a problem. Washington's birthday was moved from February 11th to February 22nd. This apparently caused a great deal of confusion throughout his lifetime. Frequently one finds dates shown with (New Style) or (Old Style) after it, denoting it as either new style or old style. During his career as a public official and after his retirement to Mount Vernon, Washington appears to have celebrated his birthday on either date. On February 14th 1790, Tobias Lear, Washington's faithful private secretary, responded to a letter of inquiry by writing: "In reply to your wish to know the President’s birthday it will be sufficient to observe that it is on the 11th of February, Old Style; but the Almanac makers have generally set down opposite to the 22nd day of February of the present style; how far that may go towards establishing it on that day I don't know; but I could never consider it any other way than as stealing so many days from his valuable life as is the difference between the old and new styles. With sincere esteem, etc. Tobias Lear" Washington appears to have accepted the new style date in the last years of his life. On February 6, l799, he wrote John Trumbull and mentioned that his granddaughter, Nelly Custis was marrying Lewis, his nephew on his birthday, the 22nd, instant.
Today's accomplishment in Black History: On July 3, 1844 Macon Bolling Allen receives his license to practice law in Maine. Allen passes the Massachusetts Bar Exam on May 5, 1845, becoming the first African-American admitted to the bar.
Today's Black History Month accomplishment: On March 16, 1827, John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish found Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American owned and operated newspaper. At its peak, Freedom’s Journal reaches circulation in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Haiti, and Europe.
Did you catch us on CBS New York this morning? Mary Calvi has written a novel about not one, but two, of our residents! Her first novel chronicles the relationship between George Washington and Mary Eliza Philipse, the richest heiress in New York. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/2zLUysy #GeorgeWashington
Thank you, Canadian readers, for making my biographical novel ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF THE UNITED STATES the #1 Best Seller in Biographical Historical Fiction on Amazon Canada. Worldwide link:http://getBook.at/ElizaJumel
Amazing experience doing a paranormal investigation there.
Every August, there was a great concert at this place, sponsored by Parlor Entertainment. I hope it is still a tradition!
For Morris-Jumel Mansion fans--today our blog post is about Solomon Northup's family and their connection to this house and family: New on the blog! David Fiske discusses Solomon Northup's family, their connection to the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and their lives in the city during the years of his abduction: https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/solomon-northups-family-in-new-york-city
Dear Morris-Jumel Mansion, I'm a historical novelist, and always enjoy all my visits to the mansion. I'm also a member of the Aaron Burr Association. My latest release is a biographical novel about Eliza...ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF THE UNITED STATES. Book link to Amazon: http://getBook.at/ElizaJumel
Dear All, I'm happy to announce that my bio novel about Eliza Jumel Burr was just released...I became interested in Aaron Burr when researching my Hamilton book, and Eliza really grabbed me...a woman after my own heart! By age 50 she owned half of New York City, married Aaron and divorced him when he started blowing thru her money. He also had a girlfriend in Jersey City and Eliza charged him with adultery. He died the day he got served with the divorce papers. Who was her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton Jr. of course! (can't make this stuff up!)