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Sly Santas and Toy Trains: Two Centuries of Holiday Celebrations at New-York Historical
December 19, 2014

Despite busy schedules, throngs of tourists and cold temperatures, you would be hard-pressed to find a New Yorker who doesn’t find joy in holiday traditions. How would we know it was December without the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, store windows on Fifth Avenue, street vendors selling chestnuts, and nostalgic subway trains and toy train exhibitions? Thousands have already…

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John Rogers: An Abolitionist Alone at Christmas
December 13, 2012

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” John Rogers couldn’t make it home to Roxbury, Massachusetts, for Christmas in 1859. He had just settled in New York and was trying…

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Rogers Groups, the Perfect Christmas Gift
November 28, 2012

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” If you were shopping for a Christmas present 150 years ago, you might have thought about a Rogers Group. The plaster sculptures on…

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Celebrating Christmas By Crossing the Delaware
December 28, 2011

What did you do on Christmas morning? Slowly sipped coffee as you rustled through your stockings? Chatted with friends and family at church? Stealthily crossed a frigid river for a surprise attack against Hessian forces? That last one is what George Washington did in 1776 at the Battle of Trenton, a moment that artist Mort Künstler…

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Here Comes Santa Claus
December 15, 2011

By Timothy Wroten The modern red-suited, pot-bellied image of Santa Claus is the imaginative descendant of the historical fourth-century bishop St. Nicolas of Myra. Santa’s appearance and many surrounding holiday traditions owe much to the creative influence of some famous nineteenth-century New Yorkers, including Clement Clarke Moore, the author of “A Visit from St. Nicolas.”  …

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