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South Street Seaport Museum  A cultural institution dedicated to preserving the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its role in the development of the US ⚓️

#OnThisDay in 1965 Ellis Island (along with Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty) was officially listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Between 1900 and 1914, nearly 13,000,000 immigrants arrived in the United States. Roughly 75 percent of them entered through The Port of New York and were processed at Ellis Island. When Ellis Island opened its doors in 1892, there were six physicians stationed to inspect the more than 200,000 immigrants who streamed in through that year. By 1902, there were eight physicians examining more than 500,000 arrivals; by 1905, 16 doctors examined 900,000 immigrants. In 1916, there were 25 physicians and four inspection lines were running simultaneously.

In this postcard you can see both Ellis Island and Swinburne Island in the early 20th century. Swinburne Island was used through the early 20th century to quarantine immigrants to the United States who were found to be suffering dangerous contagious diseases upon arrival at the Port of New York. Immigrants suspected of having such diseases were taken to the quarantine hospital and were not allowed to go to Ellis Island for entry until they were shown to be well or were cured of the disease.

To learn more about the era of the Great Liners and massive immigration to United States, come see our #MillionsExhibition, open to the public Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm.
Image: “Ellis Island, New York. Swinburne Island, New York.” 1909. Halftone photo-mechanical print on paper. South Street Seaport Museum Archives.

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As part of #Archtober, our Bowne & Co. print shop’s Art Director is leading walking tours of the South Street Seaport Historic District, pointing out the history of printing in lower Manhattan, and the remains of typographical history on buildings facades.

Tours take place on Sundays at 2 pm, and meet at 209 Water Street. Get your tickets for tomorrow’s tour! You’ll discover where 19th-century passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, timetables, and posters, and learn about the typography of the remaining signage on these historic buildings. Click the link in bio for tickets and more information.

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#ThrowbackThursday to 1857 when this clipper card was printed for the clipper ship Ocean Telegraph. 1857 would also be the year of the first attempt to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable that would connect the United States and England; this cable would allow communications between the two countries to travel in a matter of hours rather than over a week by ship.

Clipper cards were published from the 1850s to the 1880s to advertise a clipper ship’s upcoming voyage: usually between New York (or Boston) and San Francisco, reflecting the increase in trade between the two coasts after the discovery of gold in California. The design of the clipper card often took inspiration from the name of the ship; in this case Ocean Telegraph. Ocean Telegraph was completed in 1854, the same year that the New York, Newfoundland and London Telegraph Company was formed in the home of New York City financier Cyrus W. Field (American, 1819-1892). Field’s much-anticipated first attempt to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable in 1857 would end in failure, but an 1858 attempt would lead to the first successful messages sent between the two continents. This accomplishment led to celebrations in both the US and England, but the cable failed only weeks later. After several more failed attempts over an eight year period, Field finally achieved success in 1866.

In this optimistic 1857 clipper card Uncle Sam sends a telegram to the English John Bull reading “She made the last trip in 105 days." This message highlights Ocean Telegraph’s fastest run between New York City and San Francisco to entice potential passengers and shippers to book with the ship.

Image: George F. Nesbitt & Co., printers "Ocean Telegraph Clipper Card," October 1857, paper, ink; Peter A. and Jack R. Aron Collection, South Street Seaport Museum, 1991.070.0578

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History and preservation and visitors oh my! How do New York City institutions protect historic sites while inhabiting them? How do these institutions balance the duty to preserve historic buildings for future generations with the desire to make them accessible and relevant to visitors today?

Tomorrow, October 11, join @thetenementmuseum, @museumateldridgestreet, @stjohndivinenyc, and us at the Seaport Museum for @archtober “Walking a Tightrope: Balancing Historic Preservation and Public Engagement.” A panel of museum professionals in collections, curatorial, education, communications and marketing, together with architect and preservationist Mary Jablonski, will discuss the creative ways they monitor and protect their sites while keeping the doors open to the public.

If you love history, architecture, or if you are part of the museum-going public, be sure to join us for this fascinating conversation! Click the link in bio for more information and to purchase your ticket.

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Please join us as Eric Jay Dolin discusses his new book “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates.” this coming Wednesday, October 10.

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, “Black Flags, Blue Waters” reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond.

Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin.
The event will be held at our Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Books will be available for sale at the event, and a reception and book signing will follow the book talk. Purchase you tickets on our website!
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Have you ever wanted to make #stationery? At Bowne & Co., you can print your own! Our 3-hour #letterpress stationery workshop on Saturday, October 13th introduces participants to setting type by hand and printing a small batch of personal stationery.

Students choose from a selection of the Museum’s vintage moveable type to design their own personalized stationery. Our team of designers guides participants through the process of setting type and printing on a 19th-century tabletop platen press. Participants learn how to operate the presses themselves, and each person goes home with 25 pieces of personal stationery. For more information and tickets visit our website!

Bowne & Co. is open at regular hours this holiday weekend, 11-7 daily. Bowne Printers is open on Mondays by appointment only.

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As part of @archtober and @openhousenewyork from tomorrow, Friday, October 4th, until the end of the month, we’re opening the doors of the upper floors of Schermerhorn Row for special guided tours of the space.

Schermerhorn Row was originally built as a row of counting-houses, and was designed specifically for use as a warehouse. Upon its completion in 1812, it was the largest strictly commercial building in New York City. The building changed functions and businesses throughout its life, from coffee traders and burlap bag businesses to clothing warehouses, banks, saloons and restaurants. Hotels in Schermerhorn Row, were registered as far back as 1821. The Fulton Ferry Hotel is perhaps the most famous hotel in the district, mainly in part to Joseph Mitchell’s (1908–1996) reference to it in his renowned reportage for @newyorkermag and in his book “Up in the Old Hotel.” A few tickets for Archtober’s building tours are still available. Click the link in bio for more information!

And don’t forget to reserve your spot for our Archtober panel discussion “Walking a Tightrope” on Thursday, October 11! Join us and @thetenementmuseum @museumateldridgestreet @stjohndivinenyc and Mary Jablonski of @jbc_architectural_conservators as we discuss various perspectives on how to balance the needs of public engagement with preserving historic sites for future generations.

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This Cunard Line coffee cup and saucer set is our new Object of the Month! Throughout the month of October you can view it in our lobby at 12 Fulton Street during Museum hours, Wednesday-Sunday.
This pattern, which is informally referred to as Floral Pastel, was used on board both RMS Mauretania and the ill-fated RMS Lusitania. As the cup and saucer do not bear stamps denoting them as souvenirs, this set was actually used by First-Class passengers aboard either one of these ocean liners.

RMS Lusitania and RMS Mauretania both had passenger capacities of over 2,000. The amount of food needed for a single transatlantic voyage–which on average could last between 5 to 6 days–was enormous. A ship like Lusitania required about 250 pounds of tea and 500 pounds of coffee for a fully-booked crossing. An individual serving of coffee that a passenger would have drunk out of this cup would have been only one of the thousands brewed on board for each day of a voyage.

Image: Mintons (England, 1793-1968) “Cunard Line Coffee Cup and Saucer” early 20th century. Porcelain. Museum Purchase 2002.045.0001.A-.B

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Special thanks to members of the World Ship Society Port of New York Branch, Ship Lore & Model Group, and The Steamship Historical Society of America for joining us aboard the 1885 square-rigged ship WAVERTREE for a special evening reception!
Members of these maritime groups were able to learn more about both our restoration efforts and our work in the interpretation of the rise of New York City as a world port and the financial capital of the world. Attendees had the opportunity to go on staff-led tours of the Museum’s 1908 lightship AMBROSE, and WAVERTREE, viewing areas not normally accessible to the public.

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Today is #InternationalCoffeeDay, a global celebration of coffee heritage.

Manhattan was home to the city's coffee roasting industry below Canal Street, with the first great coffee centers being along Washington Street. New York's very first coffee roaster, selling wholesale beans to taverns and hotels, opened on Pearl Street in 1793.

This manuscript here, part of the Museum’s permanent collection, is the “Tontine Coffee House Constitution” dated to 1796, and it’s a bound document that includes a record of the Tontine’s constitution and nominations of the subscribers to the Tontine Coffee House. Located at the northwest corner of Wall and Water Streets, the Tontine Coffee House was set up like a private club with a bell system, an inside bath, and a spyglass to watch merchant ships arriving in the harbor. It was famous in the city as a place to conduct business and debate ideas. Serving as a commodities exchange, all kinds of goods were traded including ships, horses, real estate, and rum. However, the Tontine Coffee House was also a place where slave owners and traders conducted their business.
Image: “Tontine Coffee House Constitution,” 1796. Paper and ink, with modern leather book cover. South Street Seaport Museum, 1979.319

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During the upcoming month of October most of New York City’s museums and institutions will open the doors of their historic buildings for a wide variety of programs as part of #Archtober and #OpenHouseNewYork. Have your ever thought about the effect these large amounts of visitors have on an historic structure?

On Thursday, October 11, we are gathering a group of museums professionals in collections, curatorial, education, communications and marketing from @thetenementmuseum, the @museumateldridgestreet, and @stjohndivinenyc, together with architect and preservationist Mary Jablonski of @jbc_architectural_conservators, to share how they interact with the public, and let them explore their sites, while simultaneously dealing with the responsibility of historic preservation.

Join us for this fascinating conversation! Click the link in bio for more information and purchase your ticket.

Images: 1. South Street Seaport Museum; 2. Tenement Museum; 3. Museum at Eldridge Street; 4. Cathedral Saint John the Divine.

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#OnThisDay in 1899 New York greeted Rear Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917) home from the Spanish-American War. At the time, Dewey was the nation’s great naval hero, especially after his May 1st victory in the Battle of Manila Bay. The first day of the New York City celebrations included a naval parade up the Hudson River lead by Dewey’s flagship Olympia.

To view the parade, spectators could reserve a seat at one of the many temporary grandstands erected by entrepreneurial owners of riverside property. Tickets for these “private viewing stands” were usually advertised for around $1.00. In the days leading up to the celebrations dozens of steamboats bought newspaper advertisements announcing that for only $2.00-$3.00 passengers could view the entire parade from the water while also enjoying heated dining rooms and perhaps a band or orchestra on board. This photograph shows a variety of excursion vessels filled with onlookers in New York Harbor.

Image: Thomas W. Kennedy (American, active 1890-ca. 1915), [Dewey Day Naval Parade on the Hudson River] September 29, 1899. Silver gelatine dry plate negative. Thomas W. Kennedy Collection, 2016.003.0010

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