Tales from a 19th-Century Privy

Family Program
Tales from a 19th-Century Privy
Joan H. Geismar, Ph.D. Urban Archaeologist
Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 11:30 am

Event details

Put on gloves, pick up a magnifying glass and sift through the stuff of life in 19th-century New York City. Join urban archaeologist Joan Geismar for a fascinating, hands-on look at the contents of the backyard privy pit of the early 19th-century James Brown Inn on Spring Street(now called the Ear Inn). Broken plates, cups and bottles, oyster shells and shoe leather are just some of the clues to how people lived in the past - what they ate, what they could buy and what they chose to buy, and what they threw away. Learn how an archaeologist "reads" these mainly broken pieces of the past. Then head up to the Luce Center and see some of these objects in mint condition to broaden your understanding of 19th-century life and times.

Free with Family Membership or Daily Admission. Space is limited, advance reservations recommended. RSVP to familyprograms@nyhistory.org.


The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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