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'Sacred to the Memory': 1865 Funeral Reenactment

Sunday, October 14, 2018

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.

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In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. Join us in the Museum’s double parlor as we recreate the 1865 funeral service of family patriarch Seabury Tredwell.

NEW this year! After the funeral service, you’re invited to experience living (and dying) history at the Merchant’s House. Eliza Tredwell, assisted by her children, will receive guests in her bedroom upstairs. Come pay your respects to the grieving widow and talk with her about how death and dying were a natural and ever-present part of daily life.

In the double parlor, the Rev. Samuel Cooke will discuss funeral customs (undertaking was a relatively new occupation; this task would have fallen to Rev. Cooke himself). And in the kitchen, Bridget Murphy will pass out funeral biscuits and tell visitors just how much extra work a funeral made for the servants.

Mourners may also tour the museum and view the current exhibition, A Good Death: 19th Century Lessons in Dying Well. Stage your own pre-postmortem photographs in our 19th century coffin. Then share on Instagram and Twitter #mhmcoffin2018.

19th century costumes encouraged.


Please note: Reservations are required.



$35, $25 MHM Members

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Merchant's House Museum

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(212) 777-1089

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