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Today is the day to #VoteNYC !
06/22/2021

Today is the day to #VoteNYC !

Happy Election Day! Polls are open 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Rank up to five candidates for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council. Find your poll site: https://bit.ly/31Uvu11 #VoteNYC

Happy Father's Day!Image: Children by the shore, c1890. Collection of the Staten Island Museum#happyfathersday #fathersd...
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day!

Image: Children by the shore, c1890. Collection of the Staten Island Museum

#happyfathersday #fathersday #bythesea #beachlife

Happy Father's Day!

Image: Children by the shore, c1890. Collection of the Staten Island Museum

#happyfathersday #fathersday #bythesea #beachlife

NEW EPISODE! Super Science: What is a Bioindicator?Check it out with Ashley Gary, the Wildlife Host!
06/19/2021
Super Science: What is a Bioindicator?

NEW EPISODE!

Super Science: What is a Bioindicator?

Check it out with Ashley Gary, the Wildlife Host!

How can scientists track environmental changes with Ashley Gary, The Wildlife Host.

Thank you so much to Troop 5111 for visiting Women of the Nation Arise! They asked great questions and are true leaders ...
06/18/2021

Thank you so much to Troop 5111 for visiting Women of the Nation Arise!

They asked great questions and are true leaders of the future. Come back soon! #girlscouts #statenisland

Thank you so much to Troop 5111 for visiting Women of the Nation Arise!

They asked great questions and are true leaders of the future. Come back soon! #girlscouts #statenisland

LAST CHANCE!Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote closes this Sunday, June ...
06/17/2021

LAST CHANCE!

Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote closes this Sunday, June 20.

Women of the Nation Arise! presents stories of Staten Island suffragists focusing on four tactics they used in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. As the site of the first flight for woman suffrage in the United States, Staten Island provided a distinctive setting for suffrage activism.

Photo by @christinecruzphotography

#happyfathersday #statenislandmuseum #womenssuffrage

LAST CHANCE!

Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote closes this Sunday, June 20.

Women of the Nation Arise! presents stories of Staten Island suffragists focusing on four tactics they used in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. As the site of the first flight for woman suffrage in the United States, Staten Island provided a distinctive setting for suffrage activism.

Photo by @christinecruzphotography

#happyfathersday #statenislandmuseum #womenssuffrage

Have you heard? The Staten Island Museum Fence Show is back! Saturday, September 25, 2021This year marks the 71st annual...
06/16/2021

Have you heard? The Staten Island Museum Fence Show is back!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

This year marks the 71st annual Staten Island Museum Fence Show and we are back in person. Artists applications are now available at www.statenislandmuseum.org/event/fenceshow2021/

Image: Art by Victoria Bellinger at the 69th Annual Fence

#FenceShow

Have you heard? The Staten Island Museum Fence Show is back!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

This year marks the 71st annual Staten Island Museum Fence Show and we are back in person. Artists applications are now available at www.statenislandmuseum.org/event/fenceshow2021/

Image: Art by Victoria Bellinger at the 69th Annual Fence

#FenceShow

Attention all NYC artists! #CityArtistCorps grant applications are currently being accepted! Apply today!
06/16/2021
City Artist Corps Grants - NYFA

Attention all NYC artists! #CityArtistCorps grant applications are currently being accepted! Apply today!

City Artist Corps Grants offers one-time $5,000 artist grants that will deliver arts programming in New York City this summer.

06/15/2021

Thanks to our friend Liz McCarthy for this video of the front five at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (including our museum - all the way on the right, The Noble Maritime Collection second from the left and the Newhouse Gallery at the center) from LEGOLAND New York! We are honored to be “lego-ed.”

Happy #FlagDayOn June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Since 1916, when Presid...
06/14/2021

Happy #FlagDay

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in many ways–displaying the flag in the front of their homes, parades, and other patriotic observances. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year. @librarycongess

Image: Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge with American Flag, 1976. Collection of the Staten Island Museum

July 1976 marked the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution. The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority planned to unfurl a flag “as big as one and half football fields” on the side of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on July 4, 1976. The flag only flew for a short time during a test run on June 28, 1976 before tearing in the strong gusts of wind that buffeted the bridge, preventing the planned display for July 4th of that year.

Happy #FlagDay

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in many ways–displaying the flag in the front of their homes, parades, and other patriotic observances. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year. @librarycongess

Image: Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge with American Flag, 1976. Collection of the Staten Island Museum

July 1976 marked the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution. The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority planned to unfurl a flag “as big as one and half football fields” on the side of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on July 4, 1976. The flag only flew for a short time during a test run on June 28, 1976 before tearing in the strong gusts of wind that buffeted the bridge, preventing the planned display for July 4th of that year.

Charles F. Schabelitz (1844-1905)Brienzer See, Switzerland, 1876Oil on CanvasGift of the Estate of Walter C. SchabelitzC...
06/13/2021

Charles F. Schabelitz (1844-1905)
Brienzer See, Switzerland, 1876
Oil on Canvas
Gift of the Estate of Walter C. Schabelitz
Collection of the Staten Island Museum | A1960.17

Charles "Karl" Schabelitz (1844-1905) was born in Basel, Switzerland and immigrated to the U.S. By 1880, he was living and working in the Stapleton section of Staten Island. At one time he also worked as a lithographer in Cleveland, Ohio. A set of murals done by Schabeltiz once adorned the walls of Scheffel Hall on 3rd Avenue in New York City.

Charles F. Schabelitz (1844-1905)
Brienzer See, Switzerland, 1876
Oil on Canvas
Gift of the Estate of Walter C. Schabelitz
Collection of the Staten Island Museum | A1960.17

Charles "Karl" Schabelitz (1844-1905) was born in Basel, Switzerland and immigrated to the U.S. By 1880, he was living and working in the Stapleton section of Staten Island. At one time he also worked as a lithographer in Cleveland, Ohio. A set of murals done by Schabeltiz once adorned the walls of Scheffel Hall on 3rd Avenue in New York City.

Join historian Debbie-Ann Paige and the Staten Island Museum in a celebration of Juneteenth. Learn about how the Staten ...
06/12/2021

Join historian Debbie-Ann Paige and the Staten Island Museum in a celebration of Juneteenth. Learn about how the Staten Island African American Heritage Tour can bring Staten Island’s Black History right to your fingertips and take a curator-led tour of Women of the Nation Arise!

Free Admission All Day.

Spend the day on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden campus at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival.

Join historian Debbie-Ann Paige and the Staten Island Museum in a celebration of Juneteenth. Learn about how the Staten Island African American Heritage Tour can bring Staten Island’s Black History right to your fingertips and take a curator-led tour of Women of the Nation Arise!

Free Admission All Day.

Spend the day on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden campus at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival.

Thanks to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission  Commissioners and staff for taking time to come visit us at Snug Harbor...
06/11/2021

Thanks to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Commissioners and staff for taking time to come visit us at Snug Harbor! It was wonderful to host this fun outing today to explore the treasures of this site (Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, and The Noble Maritime Collection).

Only two weekends left to see Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote.Women o...
06/11/2021

Only two weekends left to see Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote.

Women of the Nation Arise! presents stories of Staten Island suffragists focusing on four tactics they used in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. As the site of the first flight for woman suffrage in the United States, Staten Island provided a distinctive setting for suffrage activism.

Photo by @christinecruzphotography

Only two weekends left to see Women of the Nation Arise! Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote.

Women of the Nation Arise! presents stories of Staten Island suffragists focusing on four tactics they used in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. As the site of the first flight for woman suffrage in the United States, Staten Island provided a distinctive setting for suffrage activism.

Photo by @christinecruzphotography

From the Collection of the Staten Island Museum. South Shore of Staten Island, February 21, 1927. Result of storm and hi...
06/10/2021

From the Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

South Shore of Staten Island, February 21, 1927. Result of storm and high tide of February 20, 1927. Photograph by William T. Davis.

Next Thursday, join Director of Science Colleen Evans and learn about the stormy season of 1933 at Lunch and Learn: Stumped

From the Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

South Shore of Staten Island, February 21, 1927. Result of storm and high tide of February 20, 1927. Photograph by William T. Davis.

Next Thursday, join Director of Science Colleen Evans and learn about the stormy season of 1933 at Lunch and Learn: Stumped

Today is #InternationalArchivesDay!   Here's a fun find from our History Archives: A map of Staten Island from 1942. A g...
06/09/2021

Today is #InternationalArchivesDay!

Here's a fun find from our History Archives: A map of Staten Island from 1942.

A gift from the Historical Records Survey of NY, reproduced from maps borrowed from the museum.

Today is #InternationalArchivesDay!

Here's a fun find from our History Archives: A map of Staten Island from 1942.

A gift from the Historical Records Survey of NY, reproduced from maps borrowed from the museum.

06/08/2021

Do you know what that sound is?

It's Brood X!

During their time in the sun, it is only the male cicadas that “sing.” They have a specialized organ, called a tymbal, which creates their characteristic rattling sounds. These sounds are often specific to a species and can be used to tell them apart.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONPublic opening on July 10!Artist Jennifer Angus presents Magicicada, taking inspiration from the Muse...
06/04/2021

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Public opening on July 10!

Artist Jennifer Angus presents Magicicada, taking inspiration from the Museum’s collection of cicadas – one of the world’s largest. Angus has created an immersive environment to discover, full of exquisite and ornamental patterns and imaginative vignettes, unexpectedly created with hundreds of preserved insects.

Gallery capacity is limited. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Image: Jennifer Angus, In the Midnight Garden (detail), courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, photographer Ron Blunt

#magicicada #broodx #jenniferangus

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Public opening on July 10!

Artist Jennifer Angus presents Magicicada, taking inspiration from the Museum’s collection of cicadas – one of the world’s largest. Angus has created an immersive environment to discover, full of exquisite and ornamental patterns and imaginative vignettes, unexpectedly created with hundreds of preserved insects.

Gallery capacity is limited. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Image: Jennifer Angus, In the Midnight Garden (detail), courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, photographer Ron Blunt

#magicicada #broodx #jenniferangus

Two Robins with Nest (from Robins in the Garden), (Detail)Olive Earle (1888 - 1982)Pencil on Paper, 1953Collection of th...
06/03/2021

Two Robins with Nest (from Robins in the Garden), (Detail)
Olive Earle (1888 - 1982)
Pencil on Paper, 1953
Collection of the Staten Island Museum

#spring

Two Robins with Nest (from Robins in the Garden), (Detail)
Olive Earle (1888 - 1982)
Pencil on Paper, 1953
Collection of the Staten Island Museum

#spring

Culture is the heart and soul of NYC. Support the restoration of funding to arts and culture. Without the arts there is ...
06/02/2021

Culture is the heart and soul of NYC. Support the restoration of funding to arts and culture. Without the arts there is no recovery.

#ArtsRecovery2021 #CultureAlwaysCounts
@Cignyc @NYCMayor @NYCulture @NY4ca1

Culture is the heart and soul of NYC. Support the restoration of funding to arts and culture. Without the arts there is no recovery.

#ArtsRecovery2021 #CultureAlwaysCounts
@Cignyc @NYCMayor @NYCulture @NY4ca1

06/02/2021
Hunt for Brood X Cicadas

Colleen Evans, Director of Natural Sciences at the Staten Island Museum hunts for the emerging Brood X Cicadas in Princeton, NJ along with Joseph Yoon (Brooklyn Bugs) and artist Jennifer Angus.

These insects spend most of their lives underground as nymphs and after thirteen or seventeen years, depending on the species, they dig their way out, emerge into their adult form and spend several weeks chorusing, mating and laying eggs, before dying and letting the next generation continue the cycle.

Thank you to the brave military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Image: Battery Weed at Fort Wadsworth, S...
05/31/2021

Thank you to the brave military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Image: Battery Weed at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. 2017.

#MemorialDay

Thank you to the brave military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Image: Battery Weed at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. 2017.

#MemorialDay

This spring and summer Brood X periodical cicadas will be emerging throughout the East Coast of the United States. Brood...
05/29/2021
Upcoming Exhibits - Staten Island Museum

This spring and summer Brood X periodical cicadas will be emerging throughout the East Coast of the United States. Brood X is the most widespread periodical cicada brood (though we are not expecting any in Staten Island).

In preparation for a forthcoming exhibition, artist Jennifer Angus is joining the Staten Island Museum’s Curator of Natural Science Colleen Evans and Joseph Yoon (Brooklyn Bugs) to collect Brood X cicada specimens.

Ms. Angus’s finds will be incorporated into her exhibition, Magicicada, opening to the public on July 10, 2021.

Stay tuned! We will be posting our Cicada hunt adventures next week!

Using responsibly-collected and preserved specimens, the artist Jennifer Angus creates site-specific installations of insects pinned directly to a wall and other surfaces creating exquisite patterns reminiscent of textiles or wallpaper. ...

1933 was one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons, falling third after 2005 and 2020. Learn what a chance find ...
05/28/2021
Lunch and Learn: Stumped - Staten Island Museum

1933 was one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons, falling third after 2005 and 2020. Learn what a chance find in the collection can tell us about that season, why it was so active, and what it can tell us about future hurricane seasons with Director of Natural Science, Colleen Evans.

Lunch and Learn is a new lecture and presentation series beginning with a focus on objects in the museum’s collection. Join us when you’re hungry for knowledge, but only have time for a snack.

Image: Flooding on Clove Road by William T Davis, Collection of the Staten Island Museum

1933 was one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons, falling third after 2005 and 2020. Learn what a chance find in the collection can tell us about why it was so active and what we can learn.

Looking for a rainy day activity? We're open weekends! Come see Women of the Nation Arise! before it closes on June 20. ...
05/27/2021

Looking for a rainy day activity? We're open weekends! Come see Women of the Nation Arise! before it closes on June 20.

Women of the Nation Arise! presents stories of Staten Island suffragists focusing on four tactics they used in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. As the site of the first flight for woman suffrage in the United States, Staten Island provided a distinctive setting for suffrage activism.

Photo by @christinecruzphotography

Looking for a rainy day activity? We're open weekends! Come see Women of the Nation Arise! before it closes on June 20.

Women of the Nation Arise! presents stories of Staten Island suffragists focusing on four tactics they used in the decades-long struggle for political change before they could vote: education, organization, agitation, and publicity. As the site of the first flight for woman suffrage in the United States, Staten Island provided a distinctive setting for suffrage activism.

Photo by @christinecruzphotography

City 176 ca.1970Risaburo Kimura, 1924-2014JapanPrint  5/25Part of “Great Cities of the World”, representing both a skyli...
05/25/2021

City 176 ca.1970
Risaburo Kimura, 1924-2014
Japan
Print 5/25
Part of “Great Cities of the World”, representing both a skyline and street map guide
Gift of Abraham Tannenbaum | A1974.29.40
Collection of the Staten Island Museum

#aapiheritagemonth

City 176 ca.1970
Risaburo Kimura, 1924-2014
Japan
Print 5/25
Part of “Great Cities of the World”, representing both a skyline and street map guide
Gift of Abraham Tannenbaum | A1974.29.40
Collection of the Staten Island Museum

#aapiheritagemonth

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From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor Cultural Center, we are located in Building A on the Snug Harbor Campus.

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Have you ever wondered what life experiences influence a person's vote? In The Staten Island Dialogue Project, Staten Islanders were interviewed to discover this very thing and to take the first steps toward healing and reconciliation. Learn more on our website and tickets are available for our June 25 and 26 performances.
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Today in Charles W. Leng and Staten Island History..... April 6th, 1859 - Charles W. Leng is born! One of the original co-founders of the Natural Science Association of Staten Island (now known as the Staten Island Museum) and first Borough Historian of Staten Island (appointed in 1923 by then Borough President Calvin Decker Van Name). Anything Staten Island, he was involved! Introduced by letter from Nathaniel Lord Britton (another co-founder) to William T. Davis and their friendship spanned 62 years! Happy Birthday, Charles!
Today in William T. Davis and Staten Island Museum History..... January 22nd, 1945 - This was the day that Mr. William T. Davis, "One Davis", "Uncle Billy", and co-founder of what is today The Staten Island Museum, passed away at the age of 82. He was at the old Staten Island Hospital (S. R. Smith Infirmary before 1917) on Castleton Ave after being admitted in July of 1944. Edwin Way Teale, a naturalist, photographer and author from Long Island who knew Mr. Davis later in his life, said this about him in his Introduction of Mabel Abbott's book on Davis: "Once when I visited him on Staten Island, I found him picking up cicadas from the grass of his yard and putting them in trees where they would be beyond the reach of prowling tomcats. There is something delightfully appealing in stories about how he piled brush before an exposed towhee's nest to shield it from the eyes of enemies, and raked dry leaves away from the trunk of a favorite woodland tree to lessen its danger from fire. He went about, a kind of St. Francis of Staten Island, unobtrusively doing good deeds not only to those of his own kind but also to the small and often-unconsidered creatures of the earth." We can all take comfort in knowing that Mr. Davis lived a FULL life and we are all grateful for everything he did for the nature and history of Staten Island. Thank you, Mr. Davis!
Today in Arthur Hollick and Staten Island Museum History...from his journal... January 14, 1882 - "Our Nat. Sci. Assn. meeting was well attended again, as usual, but I wish certain of our members would let up on discussing general scientific matters. Such discussions may be interesting & even instructive but they are not conducive to the development of local interest, which is my cherished idea. There is plenty of work to be done right here on Staten Island & all matters not of strictly local interest should be left to the larger scientific societies of New York & Brooklyn. This is my aim & this is what I intend to strive for and bend all my energies to accomplish." Wishing all the staff at the Staten Island Museum a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Today in Arthur Hollick and Staten Island Museum History..... December 10, 1881 - "The third meeting of the Nat. Sci. Assn. was held this evening in the rooms of the Young Mens Catholic Union. Quite a large meeting - a number of visitors as well as members. I carted some of our Staten Island indian implements along and gave a short dissertation upon arrowheads &c. Things look very promising, but we must obtain permanent quarters and place for a museum somehow if we expect to amount to anything. Another thing that I want to gradually insist upon is to confine our efforts to local matters and not go into general science or attempt to form a mere curiosity shop. What we want is a local museum."
Today in Arthur Hollick and Staten Island Museum History..... December 3rd, 1881 - "Had the second meeting of the Nat. Sci. Assn. this evening. Secured quarters in the 3rd Dist. public school. Our attendance was eighteen in spite of bad weather and we had quite a display of specimens. Perfected our business arrangements & adjourned about 11:30 o'clock. I think we are doing well and I look forward to rapid strides, especially on the part of our younger members. What we want now is a permanent place of abode & somewhere to accumulate & display specimens."
Today in Arthur Hollick, William T. Davis and big time Staten Island History... November 12, 1881 - "This evening I assisted, with Willie Davis, Nat. Britton and eleven others to form the "Natural Science Association of Staten Island". We met at Willie Davis' house and organized by electing Sanderson Smith President. Chas. Leng Rec. & Fin. Secty., myself Corr. Secty. and Willie Davis Curator. We also adopted a Constitution and By-Laws and elected a number of members in addition to those who were present. I was astonished at the number of workers we have succeeded in gathering together and I think that everything looks very propitious of success....I think now that we ought to be able to keep things going, but it will require careful thought and handling to steer things right for a while; after that things ought to run themselves." .....and so begins what would become The Staten Island Museum! Happy 139th! Oh, and Mr. Davis stands ready if an "appearance" is wanted for the Museum's 140th in 2021! ;-)
My wife and I thought you might find this interesting...
My wife and I made this silly video this weekend in the beautiful weather. Hope you enjoy! (We don't monetize.)
As we all look forward to tomorrow evening's Virtual Gala, I thought I would share an entry from the journal of Dr. Arthur Hollick. September 9th, 1881 - "Nat. Britton was at the house tonight and spoke of the possibility of forming a natural history society on the Island. We consulted over it and actually made out a list of such people as we thought would be interested in the matter." ...and thus began the conversation that would lead to today's Staten Island Museum!
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